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Title: Supportive Education for the Returning Veteran


1
  • Supportive Education for the Returning Veteran
  • Helping the Countrys Best, Brightest and Bravest
    get their degree
  • By John Schupp
  • SERV Director, Cleveland State University

2
What to expect this morning
  • What is
  • In academic speak AND english language
  • Why it works
  • Data and testimonials
  • How it got started at CSU
  • Without help from the top
  • How to get it started at your campus
  • 3 things that YOU really need

3
The reality
  • 1,736,116 Deployed veterans since 9/11
  • Less than 1 of the population have protected the
    other 99
  • 288,952 veterans on Americas Campuses today
  • Not all are OEF/OIF
  • 16 of total available- Less than 1 in 5 attend
    college!

4
What is ?
  • A learning Community/Cohort for veterans
  • Encompasses every aspect of the learning
    community concept
  • First Day on Campus
  • There is no guidance counselor after the military
  • Registration
  • Admission requirements
  • Counseling
  • How ready they are to learn
  • Financial
  • Have Guaranteed federal money
  • Learning Community Camaraderie
  • They have it by the truck-load

5
Learning Community for
veterans
  • Basic Needs for a Learning Community Success
  • From The Cohort/Group
  • Share common origin-
  • All military based experiences
  • Share common goal-
  • All want to finish the education mission
  • Be an Under-served demographic
  • Must find reasons for this-Critical Step
  • Have the potential to build group camaraderie
  • The Military has created this Camaraderie for the
    learning comm.

6
Learning Community for veterans
  • Basic Needs for Learning Community Success
  • From the University
  • Have Departments to serve the need
  • Have at least a few dedicated employees at the
    campus
  • Have some kind of initial funding source
  • Be able to Recruit members to fill the group
  • From the Community.
  • Have local military support groups
  • Have local Media support
  • Have local Political support

7
Under-Served Demographic
8
Under-Served Demographic
  • 1985-1994 GI Bill eligible Vets
  • 52,000 of 641,000 eligible veterans (8) used all
    of GI Bill
  • 2008 GI Bill data
  • Less than 6 use it completely
  • Avg less than 17 months used of 36 months
    eligible
  • Department of Education, 1995-2001
  • 3 of freshmen veterans get 4-year college degree
  • 30 of all College Freshmen get 4-yr degree

http//chronicle.com Section Students Volume
51, Issue 36, Page A31 Keith Wilson, VA
Education Secretary, ACE Summit Georgetown
University Jun 6 2008 The Soldier and the
Student By Aaron Glantz in The Nation
November 27, 2007
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History of Education and the US veteran
The Demography of U.S. Veterans Changing
Military Staffing Policy, Risk of Service, and
Human Capital for Black and White Men, 1950
2000 Amy Kate Bailey, Department of Sociology,
University of Washington West Coast Poverty
Center Dissertation Fellow
10
Degree Obstacles, Civilian/veteran
  • Veteran
  • Economic
  • Tuition Covered by GI Bill
  • Transition
  • Military to civilian
  • War Zone to Campus
  • Freshmen Age Difference
  • 24yr old vet vs 18yr old
  • Career Goals
  • Vets more Mature
  • Less likely to change majors
  • Civilian
  • Economic
  • Tuition Costs
  • Part-time job
  • Scholarships
  • Student Loans
  • Parents
  • Transition
  • High School to Univ.
  • Little Difference
  • Career Goals Change
  • 18yr olds change majors

Bernadette Gray-Little, Dean College of A S,
UNC, May 2006 http//www.unc.edu/depts/trustees/
Time20to20Degree.pdf
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Post-Combat Readjustment
  • What the Soldier Brings Home
  • Heightened sensory awareness of sights, sounds
    smells.
  • Identification and closeness with their military
    unit
  • Regimentation into highly structured and
    efficient routines.
  • Action oriented ways of coping with new
    experiences.
  • Different views about their future life.
  • Memories of events that can be difficult to
    integrate.

Edgardo Padin-Rivera, Ph.D. Chair, PTSD Experts
Workgroup Ohio VA Health Care NetworkChief,
Psychology Service Louis Stokes Cleveland
VA Medical Center
12
Post-Combat Readjustment-Personal
  • Difficulties arise in trying to generate a new
    normal
  • Life at home/campus may not have the edge and
    adrenaline associated with wartime duty
  • Attempts to reestablish old ways of interacting,
    old roles fail.
  • Difficulties adjusting to work community life
    arise.
  • Problems of internal chaos impinge on relations
    with others.

Edgardo Padin-Rivera, Ph.D. Chair, PTSD Experts
Workgroup Ohio VA Health Care NetworkChief,
Psychology Service Louis Stokes Cleveland
VA Medical Center
13
Post-Combat Readjustment-Friends and Community
  • Reconnecting with friends more difficult than
    expected.
  • Friends have changed during deployment and so has
    service member.
  • May find self unable to share experiences with
    non-combat friends
  • Relate to other students who have gone through it

Edgardo Padin-Rivera, Ph.D. Chair, PTSD Experts
Workgroup Ohio VA Health Care NetworkChief,
Psychology Service Louis Stokes Cleveland
VA Medical Center
14
Post-Combat Readjustment-Public Interactions
  • Widespread support of service members,
  • Public has mixed views of the war
  • We only saw what the media gave us, they saw
    everything
  • Other Students/Faculty may not know what to
    do/say.
  • Veteran to often becomes a community media event.
  • Veteran unsure who he/she can talk to.
    Questions Arise
  • What will they want me to talk about? What
    can I talk about? How will they react to a
    story or event?

Edgardo Padin-Rivera, Ph.D. Chair, PTSD Experts
Workgroup Ohio VA Health Care NetworkChief,
Psychology Service Louis Stokes Cleveland
VA Medical Center
15
Post-Combat Readjustment-Campus
  • Military
  • High level of order
  • Commanding Officer (CO) has all the answers,
  • Day is planned out by someone else
  • Great Responsibilities
  • Millions of dollars of equipment
  • Lives dependent upon them
  • Daily Critical Choices
  • Life and death decisions-literally
  • Civilian-
  • Much less order in life/campus
  • Have to plan out their own day
  • Have to be their own CO
  • Less Responsibilities on campus
  • English homework is not life or death
  • No Daily critical choices
  • Do I go to class or not
  • Who is impacted?

16
University Transition Solutions
  • Answers from Vietnam to Persian Gulf 1 vets
  • First day on campus
  • Vets dont know what building/office to go to
    first
  • Paperwork
  • Registrars, Admissions, Bursar,
  • If paperwork not filled out correctly- vet
    dis-enrolled
  • Financial
  • Tuition (all or part) paid up front
  • Payment plans optional, FASFA loans may be needed
  • First VA check arrives 3-5 weeks AFTER classes
    start
  • Classes-Transition to Civilian/Campus Life
  • Vets feel different in civilian life
  • Even more so surrounded by campus life

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Veterans first semester on campus
  • Senses on high alert
  • Extended Distractions from the surrounding
    environment are not allowed
  • Guardian mode always on to protect civilians
  • Fellow classmates (civilians) are the surrounding
    environment
  • Note taking, exams are distractions from it
  • Concentration on exam is a distraction
  • Lives are at stake-not the exam questions

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1 reason for Low Veteran Success
  • From Vietnam-Persian Gulf vets
  • Ability to concentrate when taking exams
  • Environment distractions very high
  • Concentration on questions very low
  • Exam scores are low-Grades drop-Vet drops out
  • How to improve concentration on exams
  • Minimize environmental distractions
  • Remove civilians from the environment
  • Guardian mode drops-Vets feel more comfortable
  • Memory/recall improves-Scores/Confidence Improves

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the Experiment
  • Create Vets only Gen Ed Sections as an option
  • English 101, Math 101, Science 101
  • Support for vets, not isolation
  • 12 credit hrs (full time benefits) vets only
    1st semester
  • 9 credit hrs, vets only classes 2nd semester
  • Forced to take 3 more credit hrs in civilian
    classes
  • Track progress of Vets in the classes
  • Can watch/teach them as a group-
  • Confidence improves-Transition to civilian life
    improves
  • Civilian transition occurs slowly
  • While they are taking college credit classes

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Results of experiment
  • Three complete Semesters
  • Spring, Summer and Fall 2008
  • 14 students in initial Semester, Spring 2008
  • 18 total students during Summer 2008
  • 25 total students for Fall 2008
  • gt40 signed up for Spring 2009
  • Summer semester most difficult
  • Condensed classes-stress higher
  • Vets needed the income to get thru the summer
  • Only one female veteran, summer 2008
  • Women veterans have a unique situation

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-1st Semester, Spring 2008
  • 4 classes-
  • History 201, Chemistry 101 , Biology 106, Math
    087
  • History topic had to be changed
  • Chemistry difficult without the math background
  • The Students
  • Chemistry-14 started out
  • 10 finished with Cs or better
  • 2 had medical withdraws
  • 1 had family withdraw
  • 1 joined a fraternity
  • Retention Rate
  • All ten went on to Summer 2008
  • 71 freshmen retention rate-vs 72-77 avg for
    Ohio
  • No test anxiety reported on First exam in
    Chemistry

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Summer Session 2008
  • 2 Classes for each mini semester (6 weeks)
  • Enough credit hrs to get full time benefits
  • Intro to Psychology (4 credit hrs)
  • Career Services (1 credit hr)
  • 18 students signed up
  • Only 6 students completed both courses
  • 12 did not finish-stress level too high
  • Wont recommend summer sessions again to new vets

23
Fall Semester 2008
  • Four Classes, started with 25 different students
    total-
  • Had 85 attendance rates
  • Intro to Biology (BIO 106)
  • English 085 (Remedial)
  • Math 087 (Remedial)
  • Intro to College Life (ASC 101)
  • Intro to Bio-
  • 16 students initially-1 dropped, 1 failed, 14
    have C or better- 87.5
  • English 085
  • 12 students intially-2 failed,10 have
    Satisfactory grade- 83.3
  • Math 087
  • 10 students initially-9 have satisfactory grade
    90.0
  • Intro to College Life
  • 12 students initially- 11 have passed with C or
    better- 91.7
  • 23 different students going on to Spring
    Semester- 92.0

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Spring Semester 2009
  • 23 from Fall 08 taking Spring
    classes
  • 18 new students for Spring
    2009
  • Four Classes 41 different students total-
  • English 101-
  • 15 students total, 8 new students
  • Intro to Psychology
  • 12 students, 4 new
  • Intro to Chemistry and the lab
  • All have completed the math 088 course or math
    placement
  • 26 students in both lab and lecture

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vets enrolled in
Classes
Projected, based on admitted SERV students as of
Nov 20 2008
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Overall CSU vet population with


Slight increase from Fall 07 to Spring 08,
Significant increase Fall 08-Spring 09 (Most
campuses see a civilian drop in these numbers
from Fall to Spring) vet enrollment increase
from Fall 2008 to Spring 2009 despite incentive
to wait until Fall 2009 for new GI Bill
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From the students themselves
  • To whom it may concern my name is Josh Milan and
    I am currently in the SERV program at CSU. I
    would like to take this time out to first
    acknowledge Dr. Schupp and Ms. Beth for the
    tremendous amount of time and genuine care they
    have showed me because I am completely certain
    that I would not be here at CSU today if it was
    not for this dynamic duo. Their efforts will not
    be forgotten. I came back to Cleveland with the
    intent to pursue a college education but to do
    this I needed some help with my transition I
    called CSU and they gave me the usual run
    around.. i was finally referred to Schupp and at
    that point it all changed. We arranged for a
    meeting down on campus and at first this made me
    nervous because I did not know if he would ask me
    a million questions about my time as a Marine. He
    did not and then I noticed we didn't talk about
    school or the Marine Corps for the first hour or
    so. This made me very comfortable... A three day
    process was completed in less than 30 minutes. I
    tell you this because it was all apart of the
    process of making me feel accepted and at ease.
    This was a good day for me. Some time passed and
    class would soon begin in the fall and because it
    was Vets only classes it was extremely helpful. I
    can not tell you how but us Vets operate
    differently especially  Marine Corps Vets we have
    a different way of thinking

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  • To whom it may concern,
  •              The SERV program has been one of the
    most helpful academic success aids that I have
    encountered while studying at Cleveland State
    University.  I had not even heard of the program
    until I was referred to John Schupp during my
    first semester at the university by a fellow
    student.  The moment that I came in contact with
    John he took a genuine interest in my success as
    a student.  This interest was provided without
    even knowing that I was a veteran.  When that
    point was eventually brought up in conversation,
    John was excited to tell me all about a promising
    new project that he was working on.  This project
    was designed to create a stable environment to
    aid in the transition of military life
    to becoming a successful student.  Upon learning
    of my difficulty adjusting to the new university
    world, John was not hesitant even once to assist
    me in achieving my goals.  I am now a senior and
    within reach of graduating with a Bachelor Degree
    in Health Science.  The next step is to apply to
    the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program and
    continue to build my road of success.  Although I
    never did doubt my ability to eventually push and
    shove my way through school, the SERV program has
    proven to be a wonderful service that has helped
    to transform my obstacles into new
    opportunities.  These opportunities have been
    constructed through a network of students with
    similar past experiences, and a caring and
    flexible staff.  My hope is that this service
    will be available to the many veterans seeking
    self improvement in the years to come.   
  •  Sincerely,  Robert Stuhler 

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  • To whom it may concernMy name is Michael R.
    Stratton. I am an active member in the SERV
    program here at Cleveland State University. In
    regards to my feelings towards this program I
    would have to say that if it were not for Project
    SERV I would be completely lost. I am currently
    going to school full-time and I know that I would
    not have been as successful with school if I had
    not received any guidance. i have attempted
    school once before at Kent State University and I
    just couldn't properly assimilate. So will all of
    that I still cannot begin to express my gratitude
    and great respect that I have for Dr Schupp, Dr
    Kalafatis, and Beth Woyshville, as well as all
    other members in the SERV program.

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Education observations with
Classes
  • Unit mentality takes over
  • No weak links allowed
  • Self-tutoring occurs automatically
  • Not found in most civilian classes
  • Syllabus is the mission
  • Exam Dates and assignments are evaluated
  • Schedule is followed closely for success
  • Confidence increases very quickly
  • Most dont need 2 full semesters of
    classes
  • Test taking skills improve dramatically after 1st
    semester

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Education observations with
Classes
  • Impact of their military experience is exposed
  • High School may have been challenging for many
  • Lack of Attendance, interest, discipline
  • Anxiety is created from memory of High School
  • After first few weeks in ,
    success is realized
  • Habits of High School no longer part of veterans
    routine
  • Military has improved their approach to
    challenges
  • Discipline, punctuality, goal setting
  • These new habits must be taken advantage of
  • Before old habits set in and school is a
    challenge again

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Other Results with Classes
  • Mini VA counseling sessions
  • Vets arrive early to classes,
    always
  • Before class Starts, open discussions take place
  • Past military events, Future plans, Family
    Issues,
  • Then Class Starts
  • Classroom offers chance for mini counseling
    session
  • Easier to Discuss past when you immediately focus
    on future
  • Vets want to come to campus, they want to come to
    class
  • has disguised VA counseling
    sessions
  • English 101, Math 101, Science 101

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other Results contd
  • Todays campus very multi-cultural
  • students are from region where the vet has served
  • Veteran comes into contact with many cultures
  • More so than any job could do
  • Veteran begins to adjust to the cultures
  • The different culture student is just a student,
    not a threat
  • Veteran gets used to this slowly over a period of
    months
  • May not adjust if their environment does not
    create this opportunity
  • This did not happen after previous wars!

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Easy First Step to help with transition
  • Set aside space just for the returning veterans
  • Office
  • A place for them to gather
  • A place for them to call home
  • Inside the office they can still be military
  • Conversations of past experiences can take place
  • VA can reside one day/week
  • Vets can get info on their benefits between
    classes
  • Encourages going to school
  • This can be done quickly and easily

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CSUs other successes
  • State Of Ohio-2008
  • 100,000 for SERV
  • ACE/ Wal-Mart Award- Nov 11 2008
  • News Announcements
  • CSU Receives 100,000 from Wal-Mart Foundation
    for its Veterans Education Assistance Program
  • On this Veterans Day 2008, CSU has special reason
    to celebrate as the recipient of a 100,000 gift
    from the Wal-Mart Foundation to support programs
    that provide educational assistance to veterans.

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and CSU Support
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and VA Support
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How to create a veteran program on your campus
  • Garner Support from people in 3 departments
  • Registrars
  • They need to admit them, and review their
    applications
  • Treasury
  • They need to know the economic impact
  • They will listen to you and think its a good,
    warm fuzzy idea
  • They will act when you show them the financial
    impact
  • Faculty
  • Find those that have served and are GI Bill grads
  • They will teach for free in the early going

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How to get Treasury to move
  • Vets have guaranteed tuition dollars
  • Not mom/dad money,
  • Student loan, pay back someday money
  • Present situation with financial institutions
    will change this availability
  • Private Universities can now compete
  • New GI Bill opens doors to more institutions
  • Community Colleges will be impacted
  • No longer the monthly stipend for all
    expenditures
  • Direct Bill to campus changes need for up front
    payment
  • Find the number of vets in your region
  • Show the potential financial impact with of
    vets attending

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How to find the veterans in you Area?
  • How many are on campus already?
  • Is our state Vet friendly?
  • has extensive database
  • Number of veterans in Top 500 Vet Friendly
    campuses
  • Number of veterans deployed by county
  • Deployed veterans most likely ones who need
  • has data for every county
    t/out country

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How many are on campus already?Top Vet Friendly
colleges in Kentucky
of vets University or College Rank
283 BLUEGRASS COMMUNITY TECHNICAL COLLEGE - COOPER CAMPUS 441
311 UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY 396
317 NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY 384
407 ELIZABETHTOWN COMMUNITY TECHNICAL COLLEGE 266
426 WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY (FIN AID OFC) 245
427 HOPKINSVILLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE 241
433 JEFFERSON COMMUNITY TECHNICAL COLLEGE 232
457 EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY 215
595 UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE 126
617 AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIV, FT CAMPBELL CENTER 117
4,273 total GI students  
16,889 Total GI Deployed since 9/11  
25.30 enrolled  
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OHIO
of vets University/College Rank
266 DEVRY UNIVERSITY COLUMBUS 485
316 CINCINNATI STATE TECH COMM COLL ATTN VETERANS OFC 386
326 CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY 365
328 YOUNGSTOWN STATE UNIVERSITY 362
346 BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY 340
348 FRANKLIN UNIVERSITY 337
397 UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO MILITARY SERVICE CT 278
432 KENT STATE UNIVERSITY VETERANS AFFAIRS OFFICE 236
705 CUYAHOGA COMMUNITY COLLEGE 79
448 OWENS COMMUNITY COLLEGE 221
464 OHIO UNIVERSITY 207
467 COLUMBUS TECHNICAL COLLEGE 204
574 UNIVERSITY OF AKRON 135
619 WRIGHT STATE UNIVERSITY 115
652 UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI VET CERTIFICATION 100
860 COLUMBUS STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE 54
884 SINCLAIR COMMUNITY COLLEGE 51
1292 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY 24
9,724 Total GI Students  
53,450 Total GI Deployed since 9/11  
18.19 enrolled  
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Top Vet Friendly colleges in Indiana
of vets Univeristy/College Rank
263 INDIANA STATE UNIVERSITY 491
287 INDIANA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY 434
300 BALL STATE UNIVERSITY 416
301 ITT TECHNICAL INSTITUTE - INDIANAPOLIS 414
362 INDIANA UNIVERSITY PURDUE UNIVERSITY AT FORT WAYNE 316
400 IVY TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF INDIANA - INDIANAPOLIS 273
418 INDIANA UNIVERSITY 251
446 PURDUE UNIVERSITY 224
459 INDIANA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA 212
839 INDIANA UNIVERSITY PURDUE UNIVERSITY INDIANAPOLIS 59
4,075 total GI students  
28,147 Total GI Deployed since 9/11  
14.48 enrolled  
Data from the IAVA Top 500 Spring 2008
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Top Vet Friendly colleges West Virginia
of vets West Virginia Rank
270 WEST VIRGINIA STATE UNIVERSITY WVCTC 471
286 FAIRMONT STATE UNIVERSITY PIERPONT COMMUNITY TECHNICAL COLLEGE 436
569 MARSHALL UNIVERSITY MARSHALL COMMUNITY TECHNICAL COLLEGE 137
581 WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY 131
598 MOUNTAIN STATE UNIVERSITY 123
2,304 total GI students  
13,914 Total GI Deployed since 9/11  
16.56 enrolled  
Data from the IAVA Top 500 Spring 2008
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Some not-so Vet Friendly colleges
Pennsylvania
of vets University or College Rank
270 MONTGOMERY COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE 472
284 UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH 440
286 NORTHAMPTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE 435
353 COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF PHILADELPHIA 330
439 COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF Mercer CO-Mercer 229
527 ART INSTITUTE OF PITTSBURGH 165
617 PENN STATE UNIVERSITY - UNIVERSITY PARK 118
775 HARRISBURG AREA COMMUNITY COLLEGE 68
3,551 total GI students  
58,942 Total GI Deployed since 9/11  
6.02 enrolled  
Data from the IAVA Top 500 Spring 2008
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of vets New York University or Community College rank
280 ONONDAGA COMMUNITY COLLEGE 448
319 JEFFERSON COMMUNITY COLLEGE 377
321 JOHN JAY COLLEGE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE 376
332 HUDSON VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE 353
347 SUNY UNIVERSITY OF BUFFALO OFFICE OF VETERANS 339
360 SUNY EMPIRE STATE COLLEGE 319
468 MONROE COMMUNITY COLLEGE 203
2,427 total GI students  
68,399 Total GI Deployed since 9/11  
3.55 enrolled

of vets New Jersey University or Community College rank
302 CAMDEN COUNTY COLLEGE 411
314 Burlington County College 391
674 THOMAS A. EDISON STATE COLLEGE 95
1,290 total GI students  
35,043 Total GI Deployed since 9/11  
3.68 enrolled  
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Campus vets New Jersey, PA and NY
  • 162,384 Tri-State vets Deployed since 9/11
  • 7,268 vets on NJ,NY and PA campuses
  • 4.47 of Tri-State Vets on Tri-State Campuses
  • Less than 1 in 20 tri-state vets attend college
  • Nationwide-1,736,111 vets deployed since 9/11
  • 288,952 vets on US campuses- 16.6
  • Less than 1 in 5 US veterans attend college
  • Tri-State campuses are 4x less than US average
  • Vet Friendly campuses can recruit from less vet
    friendly states!!

IAVA top 500 Spring 2008
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Database for deployed vets
since 9/11
New Jerseys Military Population
  • 35,043 Total deployed since 9/11
  • Active Duty-27,337
  • Guard/Reserve-7,706
  • 2,800 members of the 50th Infantry Brigade set to
    deploy in Fall 2008
  • Largest Guard deployment in History of NJ

Source CTS Deployment File as of April 30, 2008

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of Deployed Vets by county in PA
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Michigan Data base Total deployed since 9/11
49,347 Currently Deployed 8,135
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Florida- 168,244 total deployed since
9/11 Deployed numbers by County
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Deployed data for Jefferson surrounding counties
Find Financial Impact at the
University/College
  • 16,889 From Kentucky Deployed since 9/11
  • Jefferson and surrounding counties
  • 4,198 OEF/OIF vets
  • 2 from Kentucky general vet population
  • 337 OEF/OIF vets

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Potential Vet enrollment for U of L
  • Total Possible Jefferson nearby counties-4,198
  • 15 629, with VA help-20? 838 from Region?
  • Total Possible rest of Kentucky-16,889
  • 2 337
  • Total Possible Southern Indiana5,142
  • 5 257
  • Total Possible Northern West Virginia-1,881
  • 5 94
  • Total Possible Southwestern Ohio-8,167
  • 5 408
  • Total Potential GI Bill vets to attend U of
    L-1,725
  • 19,725 total possible Vets in region-8.7

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effect on area vet Enrollment
  • Total area Military personnel 19,725
  • If improves enrollment to 9 of
    available
  • Approx 1,725 GI Bill students at University of
    Louisville
  • Vs 595 presently
  • Approx 431 in freshmen class-

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Financial Impact of on
retention rates at University of Louisville
  • If increases GI Bill Freshmen
    Class to 431
  • Improve GI Bill Retention Rate
  • IF the average Nationwide Vet retention rate-40
  • Actual Rate uncertain and not tracked
  • Financial Gain
  • If at 40 173 going from freshmen to sophomores
  • If at 70 302 going from freshmen to sophomores
  • Tuition 3,782/semester full time(12 cr hrs)
  • 40 retention 1.3M/yr
  • 70 retention 2.2M/yr

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Financial Impact of on grad
rates at U of L
  • Grad Rates
  • 8 national complete usage rate (grad rate) for
    GIs presently
  • If 431 freshmen 34 grads 1.0M total tuition
  • 35 Grad Rate (University National avg) With
  • 431 freshmen 151 grads 4.5M total tuition
  • Impact on University of
    Louisville Income
  • 3.5M/yr MORE from grads
  • 0.9M/yr MORE from freshmen retention
  • Veterans have guaranteed tuition money
  • Cash Paying Customers!
  • There is a strong financial advantage to recruit
    veterans to U of L

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Financial impact on
Louisville
  • Tuition dollars saved
  • Cost of Living allowance

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effect on Tuition saved
  • Louisville region Veterans
  • If 151 U of L GI Grads/yr
  • No Student Loans
  • 3.5M/yr goes directly into area Economy
  • Vets first paycheck their own
  • Not paying back student loan
  • Louisville region Civilians
  • If 151 U of L grads/yr
  • 8,000 student loans/yr
  • 3.5M in student loans/yr
  • Goes to out of town banks

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Cost of Living allowance on communities
surrounding Univ. of Louisville
  • 19,725 area GI Bill eligible vets since 9/11
  • Allow 75 to have 100 benefits 14,793
  • Each will receive 950/month while in School
  • Let 8.0 attend University of Louisville, 1,294
    on campus
  • 9 months of school/year
  • 11.0 Million/yr guaranteed federal dollars
  • Into Jefferson and surrounding counties
    communities
  • For them to live while in school!

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Effect on your Local VA
  • Veteran seeks counseling only after it is needed
  • Referred to by spouse, family, law enforcement
  • Many times after problems have arose
  • Instructor observes vet/student
    daily
  • Rather than once/month with VA appts
  • Level of involvement can be determined early
  • Respecting confidentiality
  • Intervention can occur before big problems arise

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VA HealthCare UtilizationFY 2002 to August 2008
  • Total who served in Iraq (OIF) and Afghanistan
    (OEF)
  • 1.75 million
  • OIF and OEF war veterans separated from
    militaryand eligible for civilian care
  • 869,000
  • 48 (438,000) Former Active Duty troops
  • 52 (431,000) Reserve and National Guard
  • As of August, 2008

Edgardo Padin-Rivera, Ph.D. Chair, PTSD Experts
Workgroup Ohio VA Health Care NetworkChief,
Psychology Service Louis Stokes Cleveland
VA Medical Center
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VA HealthCare UtilizationFY 2002 to August 2008
  • Among all 869,000 separated OIF/OEF Veterans
  • 40 (347,750) obtained VA care since FY 2002
  • 96 (333,000) seen as outpatients only
  • 4 (14,700) hospitalized at least once
  • This constitutes
  • 41 former active duty troops
  • 39 National Guard and Reserve troops
  • Over 11,000 OIF/OEF veterans seen in Ohio.
  • 53,450 total deployed in Ohio since 9/11-
  • Only 1/5 oh Ohios OEF vets have visited the VA

Edgardo Padin-Rivera, Ph.D. Chair, PTSD Experts
Workgroup Ohio VA Health Care NetworkChief,
Psychology Service Louis Stokes Cleveland
VA Medical Center
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Demographic Characteristics of OIF/OEF Veterans
Utilizing VA Health Care n 347,750
Age Group lt20 7
20-29 52 30-39 23
40 18 Gender
Male 88 Female 12
Edgardo Padin-Rivera, Ph.D. Chair, PTSD Experts
Workgroup Ohio VA Health Care NetworkChief,
Psychology Service Louis Stokes Cleveland
VA Medical Center
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Improve VA and OEF/OIF contact
  • Have VA rep be on college campus 1 day/week
  • Designated hours
  • Vets know the day(s) and time(s) ahead of time
  • Have office set aside for VA representative
  • Vets can see the VA rep in-between classes
  • VA rep can see 4 different campuses/week
  • 1 day to report to Main Veteran office
  • VA rep can be from 4 different VA areas
  • Counseling, Medical, Benefits, education
  • One day/month vet students visit the VA dept of
    their choice

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Louisville VA Medical Center
  • Tertiary care facility
  • Five Outpatient Clinics
  • Three in Louisville Metro area, 1 each in Ft.
    Knox and New Albany IN.
  • Part of Veterans Integrated Service Network
    (VISN) 9
  • Serves a vet population of approximately 155,000
  • Covering 35 counties in southern Indiana and
    Kentucky.
  • Programs
  • Medical, surgical, mental health and others
  • Louisville VA has
  • 112 hospital beds and operates several regional
    treatment programs.

2007 Combined Assessment Program Review of the
Louisville VA Medical Center Louisville, KY
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Louisville VA Budget/Workload for FY 2006
  • Medical expenditures gt 211 million.
  • FY 2007 staffing totaled 1,204 FTEs
  • 95 physician and 245 nursing FTE
  • 864 other non-medical staff FTEs
  • Let Louisville VA work with
    U of L campus
  • This is where the new veteran will reside

2007 Combined Assessment Program Review of the
Louisville VA Medical Center Louisville KY
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Louisville VA Workload for FY 2006
  • Medical center treated 39,834 unique patients.
  • The outpatient workload was 402,752 visits.
  • Total unique patients and outpatient visits
    442,586
  • In Ohio, 0.7 of unique patients are OEF/OIF
  • Allow 1.2 of Louisville unique patients to be
    OEF/OIF
  • 5,311 OEF/OIF unique patients
  • 5,311 OEF/OIF patients/1,204 FTEs
  • 4.4 OEF/OIF patients/visits per FTE

2007 Combined Assessment Program Review of the
Louisville VA Medical Center Louisville, KY
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and Present campus vet
population
  • 4,273 total 9/11 deployed vets on KY campuses
  • Classified as new vets
  • On 10 campuses in Kentucky
  • Average 427 vets/campus
  • 2 Vet Center advisor (2FTEs)/campus
  • On each campus One day/week,
  • Each FTE visits 4 campuses total per week
  • 1,708 total OEF/OIF vets per week per FTE!
  • Presently 4.4 OEF/OIF veterans per FTE!

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a and potential campus
vet population
  • 16,889 total 9/11 deployed vets in KY
  • Classified as new vets
  • 28 community colleges Public univs in KY
  • If 70 attended SERV univs 603 avg per campus
  • 2 Vet Center advisor (2FTEs)/campus
  • On each campus One day/week,
  • Each FTE visits 4 campuses total per week
  • 1,206 total OEF/OIF vets per week per FTE!
  • Presently 4.4 OEF/OIF veterans per FTE!

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Let the experts do their jobs
  • VA answers vet questions
  • Benefits
  • Claims
  • Education questions
  • Physical Therapy
  • Counseling
  • Univ. solves univ. concerns
  • Admissions
  • Registration
  • Treasury services
  • Application
  • Orientation
  • Classes

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Community Needs Funding-contd
  • Dec 2008- Section T of Higher Ed. Act
  • Sen. Brown to considered it a Stand alone act
    in Feb.
  • Increases chances of funding, and completed
    sooner
  • Getting Resistance from Cong. Hinojoso
  • Need to show Univs level of interest in Section
    T
  • Washington VA
  • Very much interested in SERV program
  • Keith Wilson VA Ed. Secy wants to implement pilot
    programs
  • Working with ACE to find suitable campuses
  • VA will fund a FTE/campus, campus must supply
    office

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Federal Funding for
  • Higher Ed Bill 2008-Section T-Passed July 31st
    2008
  • PART TCENTERS OF EXCELLENCE FOR VETERAN
    STUDENT SUCCESS
  • SEC. 873. MODEL PROGRAMS FOR CENTERS OF
    EXCELLENCE FOR VETERAN STUDENT SUCCESS.
  • (a) PURPOSE.It is the purpose of this section
    to encourage model programs to support veteran
    student success in postsecondary education by
    coordinating services to address the academic,
    financial, physical, and social needs of veteran
    students.
  • (b) GRANTS AUTHORIZED.H. R. 4137352
  • (1) IN GENERAL.Subject to the availability of
    appropriations under subsection (f), the
    Secretary shall award grants to institutions of
    higher education to develop model programs to
    support veteran student success in postsecondary
    education. (2) GRANT PERIOD.A grant awarded
    under this section shall be awarded for a period
    of three years. (c) USE OF GRANTS. (1)
    REQUIRED ACTIVITIES.An institution of higher
    education receiving a grant under this section
    shall use such grant to carry out a model program
    that includes (A) establishing a Center of
    Excellence for Veteran Student Success on the
    campus of the institution to provide a single
    point of contact to coordinate comprehensive
    support services for veteran students (B)
    establishing a veteran student support team,
    including representatives from the offices of the
    institution responsible for admissions,
    registration, financial aid, veterans benefits,
    academic advising, student health, personal or
    mental health counseling, career advising,
    disabilities services, and any other office of
    the institution that provides support to veteran
    students on campus (C) providing a coordinator
    whose primary responsibility is to coordinate the
    model program carried out under this section
    (D) monitoring the rates of veteran student
    enrollment, persistence, and completion and
    (E) developing a plan to sustain the Center of
    Excellence for Veteran Student Success after the
    grant period.

As of Jan 2009, plan is to get it funded as a
Stand Alone Bill in the Senate
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How to Recruit GI Bill Veterans
  • Cannot expect them to walk through the door
  • Many campus Veteran fairs dont work
  • Have to go out into the community to find them
  • Parents/Loved Ones
  • THE Brochure
  • Sponsor Big Events in Small Town USA

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How to Recruit- Parents/Loved Ones
  • Loved ones will help recruit for the university
  • Reach the parents/spouses in the region
  • They worried for 3-5 years over their loved one
  • Go through 4 phases of adjustment
  • Family Readiness groups
  • Family Military Support programs
  • Every County/region has at least one
  • Meet with the parents once/month
  • Convince them and they will work for you

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Recruiting- THE Brochure
  • Only one Brochure in the country that is read
    from cover to cover and is never thrown out
  • The Church Bulletin
  • Nothing else to do while waiting for service to
    start
  • Feel to guilty to throw it away. Immediately
  • Reaches three generations of loved ones
  • Already has troop announcements in it
  • Just add the info of the university program to it

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Recruiting- Big Events in small town USA
  • The County Fair
  • Loan video cameras to parents of deployed
    Military
  • Local County Fair boards love the idea
  • New angle to advertise for the fair
  • Small Town newspapers love the idea
  • Ties in mom, apple pie and the American flag
  • Citizens of County love the idea
  • A Large Univeristy showing support for the troops
  • Moms Dads love the idea
  • They get to create some memories for their
    soldier

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Results of Share the Fair- Pickaway County
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Results of Share the Fair- Madison County
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Results of Share the Fair- Mahoning County
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Results of Share the Fair- Mahoning Cty
  • From the Soldier who recd the DVD
  • Hey guys!
  •             That video was amazing and i loved it
    so much! i heard that on the actual news i was
    like just plastered all over the place and they
    showed it like 4 different times and each time
    was a little different and they showed on 2
    different stations. Did you get all of them on
    video? I thought that it was amazing and that i
    never even came close to expecting it. once i was
    watching the video i kinda thought maybe
    something was on the news but i wasnt for
    sure... i totally missed the note on the front
    that said something about a news clip but i read
    it but i read it in a hurry. I watched that thing
    over and over and over on my buddies lap top and
    i kept rewinding it and listening to it. mom you
    looked really good too. Your hair is so fluffy
    like you stood under a hair dryer for hours haha.
    I love you though and i think you look really
    good. Dad you looked crazy on the news. Your hair
    was slicked back and you were movin all over the
    place hahaha it was awesome though that you guys
    had such a good time actually doing it. but thank
    you so much for it. it was the most amazing gift
    that i think i have ever gotten. It really means
    alot to me and and made me feel really good.
    ...ive been sitting in front of the tv for like
    the past 11 hours. But take care and ill be
    writing again soon. I love you guys and ill talk
    to you later!
  •             Nathan

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Univs considering for Fall
2009
  • Ohio
  • Ohio University, Hocking College, University of
    Toledo, Youngstown State, Univ of Dayton, Akron
    Univ, Stark State College, Cuyahoga Community
    College
  • Pennsylvania
  • Robert Morris, Thiel College, Pitt
  • Kentucky
  • University of Louisville, Eastern Kentucky,
    Northern Kentucky
  • Michigan
  • Delta University
  • Arizona
  • University of Arizona, Arizona State, Northern
    Arizona, Maricopa CC
  • Univ of New Mexico
  • University of South Florida
  • Middle Tennessee State
  • University of Montana
  • 23 total Colleges/Universities

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VA Medical Centers Supporting
  • Ohio
  • Chillicothe, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dayton
  • Pennsylvania
  • Pittsburgh(2 ea), Butler County
  • Arizona
  • Tucson, Phoenix
  • Southwest Texas
  • Louisville
  • 11 total VA Medical Systems
  • Veterans Affairs-Washington DC

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Why it will work-Power thru
Unity
  • The success of the Greatest Generation
  • 2.2M veterans enrolled in 1,800 Colleges/Univs
  • Average of 1,222/campus
  • 1.6M Nationwide University enrollment in 1939
    2.9M in 1949
  • Univeristy of Michigan-
  • 1940- 10,000 students 1948- 30,000 enrolled
  • Syracuse University
  • 1941- 6,000 students 1947- 19,000 students
  • In 1949 45 of all College Students were Veterans
  • They had that camaraderie right away
  • Their Success was a group success

Dr Jennifer Adams, Penn State Univ. ASHE meeting
Sacramento Nov 18 2000
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With Their Military Experience and
Their 4yr Degree
  • WE can make this generation
  • The Next Great Generation
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