Report on Military and Veteran Education and Best Practices

US Flag with Veteran SilhouetteToday, many returning veterans, and their active duty colleagues, are pursuing both education and career skills to enhance their transition to civilian life. Private sector Colleges and Universities are leading the way because our schedules and our academic delivery fit the needs of today’s veteran. We serve 13 percent of the nation's postsecondary students and, since August 2009, we have served 28% of all veterans using their Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits. Over 325,000 veterans, their spouses and dependents choose private sector colleges and universities to pave the path toward full and meaningful employment.

Because of this, we convened a Blue Ribbon Taskforce composed of institutional leaders of campus military programs, state leaders and representatives of Veteran Service Organizations who served as special advisors with the sole purpose of establishing a set of best practices recommendations.

On this page you will find the result, our "Report of the APSCU Blue Ribbon Taskforce for Military and Veteran Education" accompanied by a shortened executive version that contains the best practices recommendations.

These best practices begin with a strong commitment to providing clear and consistent consumer information, and implementing appropriate recruitment and enrollment policies. From there they touch on focused institutional support for students, and for faculty and staff who work with our military and veteran students and families; academic policies that recognize the unique circumstances facing these students; and support services that are essential for retention and completion.  

Thank you for your interest in this report, and please let us know how you can help us in our mission to deliver the highest quality education to nation’s military and veteran students.

Report of the APSCU Blue Ribbon Taskforce for Military and Veteran Education (PDF)

Military and Veteran Education Best Practices (PDF)

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