VA, Student Veterans of America, and National Student Clearinghouse Collaborate For Student Veteran Success
On October 29, the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Students Veterans of America (SVA), and the National Student Clearinghouse signed a memorandum of understanding to research how America’s most recent veterans are using their GI Bill and how they are performing. The endeavor titled, National Veteran Education Success Tracker (NVEST), is the next phase of a joint research effort among the three organizations and builds upon initial findings.
Last year, a joint effort of the VBA, SVA, and Clearinghouse gave new insight to how our most recent veterans are using their GI Bill and how they are performing. The report, named the Million Records Project, was the first look at previously unavailable data to help adapt policy to better serve student veterans. The report provided much-needed data on GI Bill students and their academic outcomes, but only reported on high-level outcomes, such as completion, time-to-degree, and level of education.
Jared Lyon of SVA, Curtis Coy of VA, and Dr. Doug Shapiro of the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center sign a memorandum of understanding for NVEST, which will examine records of Post-9/11 GI Bill veterans. (Photo: SVA)
The NVEST research will allow greater awareness of when in their academic careers veterans withdraw from school, how often they transfer among schools, and how long they remain enrolled. Measuring these outcomes is critical to empowering colleges and universities to better support their student veteran population. NVEST will identify when veterans need that support the most.
Veterans are among the most mobile students in postsecondary education, making it particularly difficult to measure their success and devise services to support them. This will add a new dimension to the research, allowing examination of when in their academic careers student veterans withdraw from school, how often they transfer among schools, and how long they remain enrolled.
Measuring these outcomes is critical to empowering colleges and universities to better support their student Veteran population. NVEST will identify when Veterans need that support the most.
The sample will include student veterans who used the Post-9/11 GI Bill from its inception (August, 2009) through the end of 2013, providing a comprehensive look at the substantial investment made by both veterans and taxpayers. The initial findings will be released early spring 2016.
In fiscal year 2014 nearly 800,000 veterans used the Post-9/11 GI Bill at a price to taxpayers of nearly $11 billion.