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Survey of Services for Veterans & Who Are Pell Grant Recipients?

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Survey of Services for Veterans 

 

July 22, 2009 

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Colleges are preparing for an influx of student veterans, but how prepared
are they? A new report
<http://www.aascu.org/media/pdf/09_StudenttoSoldierFinalReport.pdf>  from a
group of five higher education associations, "From Soldier to Student:
Easing the Transition of Service Members on Campus," represents, the authors
write, the first attempt to assess the current state of programs and
services nationally.

A new, much-expanded Post-9/11 GI Bill goes into effect August 1 (less than
two weeks from now). In anticipation, many
<http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2009/06/05/veterans>  colleges have been
stepping up their outreach to and support for veterans -- creating veterans'
offices, training faculty and staff on challenges unique to student
veterans, creating specialized orientation programs, expanding counseling
center capacity, and, perhaps most significantly, putting extra money into
institutional aid for veterans by joining the Yellow Ribbon program
<http://www.insidehighereducation.com/news/2009/05/01/yellowribbon> . The
new report attaches numbers to the anecdotes. 

A total of 723 institutions responded to the survey, out of 2,582, for a 28
percent response rate. Broken down by sector, 25 percent of respondents are
public two-year institutions, 15 percent public four-year colleges, 36
percent private non-profit, and 23 percent for-profit. Among the findings,
57 percent of institutions said they currently provide programs and services
specifically designed for service members or veterans. The report's
conclusion notes a number of areas where colleges are meeting the needs of
veterans, and also areas where they're not. 

Where colleges are doing well, the report notes, is in recognizing prior
military experience -- of those colleges that offer specialized programs for
veterans and service members, 81 and 64 percent, respectively, award credit
for military training and military occupational training. Also among those
colleges that offer specialized services to veterans, 85 percent have
counseling centers that coordinate with and refer students to off-campus
facilities when needed, 79 percent have policies for refunding tuition in
the case of military activations and deployments, and, financially speaking,
82 percent provide education benefits counseling.

But colleges have much more work to do in the following areas, the report
notes:

*	Assisting in the transition to college. Just 22 percent of colleges
with services for veterans provide such assistance. 
*	Offering professional development to faculty and staff, on
transition issues and issues specific to students with brain injuries and
other disabilities. 
*	Easing the path to re-enrollment for service members once they
return from deployments. Again, just 22 percent of colleges with services
for veterans have an expedited re-enrollment process in place (16 percent
even require veterans to reapply and be readmitted to re-enroll!). 
*	Helping veterans connect with other veterans. Just 32 percent of
colleges with services for veterans have a club (although that might be
changing, given the rapid growth in Student Veterans of America chapters
<http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2009/06/05/veterans> ). 

The five higher education associations that released the report are the
American Council on Education, the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges, the
American Association of State Colleges and Universities, NASPA -- Student
Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, and the National Association of
Veterans' Program Administrators. The report is not intended to suggest, the
authors note, "that creating special programs for student veterans is always
necessary or even desirable. During ACE's
<http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2008/06/06/vets>  2008 summit 'Serving
Those Who Serve: Higher Education and America's Veterans,' some student
veterans stated that they preferred, whenever possible, to be integrated
into mainstream campus life. They also expressed high regard for
opportunities to interact with fellow student veterans and have access to
campus staff who are trained and sensitized to the unique issues veterans
face."

-  <mailto:[log in to unmask]> Elizabeth Redden 

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Related Stories

*	 <http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2009/07/13/gibill> GI Bill Math
July 13, 2009 
*	 <http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2009/06/25/yellowribbon> 700
Colleges Tied the Yellow Ribbon
June 25, 2009 
*	 <http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2009/06/22/gibill> 'A New Deal
for Veterans'
June 22, 2009 
*	 <http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2009/06/05/veterans> Campuses
as Vet-Friendly Zones
June 5, 2009 
*	 <http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2009/06/01/vets> Vets May Bring
Extra Baggage 
June 1, 2009 

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C Copyright 2009 Inside Higher Ed 

 

Sources:
http://www.insidehighered.com/layout/set/print/news/2009/07/22/veterans

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2009/07/22/veterans

 

 

Who Are Pell Grant Recipients?

 

July 22, 2009 

 

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WASHINGTON -- Pell Grants are the federal government's largest direct grant
to students with low family incomes. So it's no surprise that when Congress
and administrations debate priorities for higher ed spending, the Pell Grant
always is a hot topic. Does the program have enough money? Should it be an
entitlement? Should it be protected from requirements that don't focus on
financial need?

A report released Tuesday by the National Center for Education Statistics
details what is known about Pell Grant recipients by taking a close look at
data from 1999-2000 bachelor's degree recipients, a group in which about 36
percent of people received at least one Pell Grant while in college.
Generally, the report found that Pell Grant recipients are more likely than
others to have "risk" characteristics (such as delaying postsecondary
enrollment after high school graduation) that suggest statistically greater
chances of dropping out of college.

At the same time, the report found that when controlling for these and other
factors (such as parents' educational levels), Pell Grant recipients
graduate in shorter time frames than others.

Here are demographics of Pell Grant recipients, showing them to be older on
average, more likely to be female and first-generation college students and
less likely to be white than those who don't receive the grants.

Demographics of Pell Grant Recipients and All Students, 1999-2000 College
Graduates


Characteristic 

Pell Grant Recipients 

Non-Recipients 


Gender 

  

  


--Female 

60.0% 

55.9% 


--Male 

40.0% 

44.2% 


Age at Graduation 

  

  


--22 or younger 

23.1% 

38.7% 


--23-24 

31.2% 

33.9% 


--25-29 

26.9% 

10.1% 


--30 and older 

18.8% 

17.3% 


Parent's highest level of education 

  

  


--High school or less 

41.1% 

21.1% 


--Some postsecondary 

22.9% 

18.0% 


--Bachelor's degree or higher 

36.0% 

61.0% 


Race/ethnicity 

  

  


--White 

63.3% 

79.7% 


--Black 

11.8% 

5.8% 


--Hispanic 

13.2% 

5.9% 


--Asian 

6.8% 

5.2% 


--Pacific Islander 

1.0% 

0.5% 


--American Indian 

0.9% 

0.4% 


--More than one race 

2.9% 

2.7% 

In terms of specific risk factors that make it less likely a student will
complete college, several are evident among Pell Grant recipients. More than
11 percent of them are single parents, compared to 4 percent of non-Pell
recipients. Just under 60 percent are financially independent of their
parents, compared to about one-third of other students. And more than 33
percent delayed enrolling in college after finishing high school, compared
to 23 percent of other students.

Despite those risk factors, academic achievement, as measured by grades in
the major, was only slightly lower for Pell Grant recipients.

Undergraduate Major Grade-Point Average, Pell and Non-Pell Recipients,
1999-2000 Graduates


  

Pell Recipients 

Non-Recipients 


2.5 or lower 

9.4% 

7.5% 


2.6 to 3.0 

24.6% 

22.4% 


3.1 to 3.4 

19.8% 

19.6% 


3.5 or higher 

46.2% 

50.6% 

-  <mailto:[log in to unmask]> Scott Jaschik 

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Sources:
http://www.insidehighered.com/layout/set/print/news/2009/07/22/pell

 

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2009/07/22/pell

 

 

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