Recent data signal the importance of exploring and better understanding the college experiences of military veterans. According to recent National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) data, for example, veterans who attend college are less likely than non-veterans to have taken college preparatory mathematics during high school – important because math preparation is a significant factor associated with college success. During college, NCES data also show us that 43 percent of student veterans report never meeting with an academic advisor and 44 percent report not meeting with faculty outside of class – supportive connections that are tied to a successful college experience. Six years after entry into college, NCES data indicate that 59 percent of student veterans are still without a postsecondary certificate or degree.
To further develop research and resource capacity in our Associations' efforts to serve and support student veterans, the American Council on Education (ACE) and NASPA will be co-hosting a meeting with student affairs administrators and veterans to discuss issues affecting these students. The ACE-NASPA meeting will bring together a select group of experts who represent, serve, and critically examine student veterans in an effort to advance the discussion of their current needs. The convening will help ACE and NASPA to identify future research, practitioner resources, and possible policy actions to elevate the level of support provided to veterans who pursue postsecondary education.
The ACE-NASPA meeting will lead into the 2015 NASPA Veterans Conference, which is set to take place from February 8-10 in Louisville, Kentucky. Look for more information about the work NASPA is doing to support student veterans in the months to come, and visit the NASPA Veterans Conference website to learn more about the conference.
National Center for Education Statistics. (2015). Beginning Postsecondary Students (BPS) [dataset]. Washington, DC. U.S. Department of Education.