During Veterans Week 2018, the Coalition for College and many of its member schools participated in a national conference, Improving College Opportunity for Veterans, hosted by The College Board and research group Ithaka S+R, in Arlington, Virginia. The invitation-only conference convened more than 100 leaders from higher education, military, and veterans service organizations to generate new ideas and offer practical guidance on increasing the enrollment and graduation of veterans at colleges and universities with the highest graduation rates.
On a Nov. 14 panel, titled New Commitments to Student Veterans, Tim Groves, the Coalition’s director of development and partnerships, highlighted the Coalition’s initiatives to support veterans, including the veterans application fee waiver; recent enhancements to the Application to better serve transfer students, many of whom are veterans; and the CCID Registry, which connects veterans who receive college-planning assistance from registered community-based and/or college access organizations with Coalition schools that seek their unique skills, including leadership, teamwork, and service.
“The Coalition is committed to expanding college access for all students — including our nation’s veterans,” says Groves. “Veterans currently make up only four percent of all undergraduate students, less than one-third of whom enroll at a four-year college or university. This was a positive and enlightening conference, with clear-eyed recognition of long-standing challenges and a call to action for everyone in the room to commit to doing something tangible to improve on the status quo.”
Read more about Improving Opportunities for Veterans from Ithaka S+R.
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