Colleges aren’t tracking progress, challenges of student veterans

Colleges across the country are opening centers to support student veterans. But most colleges are failing to track how well these students are doing with their studies and most do not understand what can trip them up on the way to graduation, a new survey shows.

The survey of 275 institutions was conducted by NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and InsideTrack, a company that works with colleges on student coaching services. The two organizations plan to release the full results early next year, after working through a more detailed breakdown of the data.

About 68 percent of institutions said they do not separately collect retention and completion rates for undergraduate veterans, according to findings from the survey.
Only 10 percent of respondents said they know the first-year retention rates of student veterans.

However, the survey found that most colleges have in place specialized student services for veterans, and are generally aware of the need for more information about how the population is faring.

Read more about the survey and its findings in Inside Higher Ed.

Recent American Homecomings posts and student veterans include:

Student veteran steps up her push for campus ‘USO-like’ center

Colleges experiment with veterans-only classes

Ohio colleges expand services for student veterans

After Iraq, former Marine helps other veterans adjust to school



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