Tracking Military and Veteran Student Success
In January, the Student Veterans of America (SVA) will convene the largest ever gathering of student veterans at their annual national conference in Anaheim, California. SVA will unveil the National Veteran Education Success Tracker (NVEST) research that demonstrates the success of student veterans in higher education. The forthcoming NVEST research project compiled and analyzed the successes of nearly 1 million student veterans and shows how they are achieving in higher education.
In a recent op-ed, Jared Lyon, a Navy veteran and president and CEO of SVA, discussed that in 2014, they embarked on the Million Records Project in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Student Clearinghouse to get the data and produce research on how today’s student veterans have fared. Based on the results, everyone wanted to know more and the NVEST research project was born.
Millions of military veterans and their families have taken advantage of VA education benefits to attend college, with the numbers growing substantially each year. In fiscal year 2014 alone nearly 800,000 veterans used the Post-9/11 GI Bill at a price to taxpayers of nearly $11 billion. To receive VA education benefits, the enrollment of eligible students must be certified by their institutions each term.
To simplify the process, the Clearinghouse has collaborated with several other nonprofit organizations — SVA, National Association of Veterans’ Program Administrators (NAVPA), and American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) — are working together on The Veterans Compliance Reporting Re-Engineering Project. Learn more at https://studentclearinghouse.info/studentvets/.
To date, more than one million military veterans and their families have taken advantage of VA education benefits to attend college, with the numbers growing substantially each year.