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Completing the Mission: A Pilot Study of Veteran Students’ Progress Toward Degree Attainment in the Post 9/11 Era

From the Pat Tillman Foundation

In June 2008, the United States Congress passed legislation that has dramatically affected the transition of thousands of veterans who have served in the United States Armed Forces during the Post-9/11 era. Dubbed the “Veterans Educational Assistance Act,” but more frequently referred to as the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the contents of this initiative paint a new landscape for veterans and servicemembers who want to pursue a college education. The legislation is a stark contrast to previous education benefit programs and, in the minds of many, offers a generational change for veterans in a manner similar to the one created by the original GI Bill of Rights of the Post World War II era. In 1947, veterans made up 49% of U.S. college enrollment and 7.8 million veterans trained at colleges, trade schools and in business and agriculture training programs.

This report will assess the progress toward degree attainment for a cohort of students attending a sample of public four-year colleges and universities.  Schools participating in the pilot are the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Montclair State University, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Texas State University, Mississippi State University, University of South Florida, and Arizona State University.  A total of 200 students were selected at random and evaluated during the 2010-2011 academic year.  The students were either veterans or on active-duty and were included in the report as long as they were using a VA educational benefit.  The goal of the GPI will be to assist OCP in gathering higher education retention and completion rates, particularly those institutions that have participated in either the CVSP program or have worked specifically with the Pat Tillman Foundation.

Continued at: http://www.pattillmanfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Completing-the-Mission.pdf

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