Research Center Supports NVEST, the National Veteran Education Success Tracker
Research Showcases the Academic Outcomes of Nearly One Million Post-9/11 GI Bill Students Since 2009
The Student Veterans of America (SVA) published findings from a groundbreaking project, called the National Veteran Education Success Tracker (NVEST). NVEST provides the first comprehensive view of postsecondary attainment among student veterans using the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Among the findings, SVA reports that these student veterans have earned more than 450,000 college degrees and certificates since 2009. The full report can be found on the Student Veterans of America NVEST website.
NVEST is a collaborative research effort among the Department of Veterans Affairs, Student Veterans of America, and the National Student Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse contributed to the project by matching postsecondary enrollments and degrees to a dataset of more than 850,000 Post-9/11 GI Bill users provided by VA. All personally and institutionally identifiable information was removed from the resulting dataset that was then analyzed by SVA.
“One of the best ways to help student veterans succeed is to make sure that institutions and students have access to valid, timely outcomes data,” stated Dr. Doug Shapiro, Executive Director of Research at the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. “This enables institutions to benchmark and improve their efforts, and empowers student veterans to plan realistically and wisely.”
To further assist veterans and institutions, the Clearinghouse has proposed the Veterans Compliance Reporting Re-Engineering Project to convert today’s manual and labor-intensive veterans’ compliance reporting process into a streamlined solution. U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Jon Tester (D-MT) recently sent a letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs supporting the project. The Senators stated, “This proposal offers a commonsense way to streamline the data submission process to VA while giving our veteran student population more resources to succeed in their colleges and universities.”
NVEST research was conducted by SVA with funding provided by Google, Lumina, and the Kresge Foundation.
“One of the best ways to help student veterans succeed is to make sure that institutions and students have access to valid, timely outcomes data. This enables institutions to benchmark and improve their efforts, and empowers student veterans to plan realistically and wisely.”
Dr. Doug Shapiro
Executive Director of Research, National Student Clearinghouse Research Center