Innovative Programs Ease Transition for Veterans
The best way to provide a supportive campus environ- ment for student veterans is an institution-by-institution decision. However, several themes emerge as campuses
welcome student veterans.
The following list of programs, while not inclusive, demonstrates a diversity in higher education programs that support
student veterans. As colleges and universities continue to
develop student services, innovative programs will continue
➤ The U.S. Department of Education TRIO program offers
Veterans Upward Bound (VUB). Arizona State University
and South Carolina’s Trident Technical College, along
with 46 other campuses, participate in VUB, which is
“dedicated to fully develop the personal potential of all
U.S. military veterans.”
➤ George Mason University participates in the Department
of Education Troops to Teachers federally funded initiative
to help veterans, guard and reserve members, and military
retirees become certified teachers.
➤ The University of Arizona’s Disabled Veterans
Reintegration and Education Project includes a research
and outreach component to assist in the educational
advancement and reintegration of disabled veterans.
➤ Arkansas State University, through the Beck PRIDE
Center for America’s Wounded Warrior, focuses on
providing educational programs and services to combat
➤ Mississippi State University takes a different approach
through the G. V. “Sonny” Montgomery Center for
America’s Veterans. This program includes academic
and career goal support utilizing mentorships, career
counseling, and job placement assistance to support
➤ UCLA’s Boots-to-Bruins program offers a one-credit
seminar for returning Operation Enduring Freedom and
Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans and post-deployment
military members. The seminar provides the opportunity
for student veterans to use personal experiences to transition from military service to civilian and college life.
➤ Cleveland State University designed its own veterans-only
program, Supportive Education for Returning Veterans
(SERV). First-year student veterans can benefit from SERV
classes, designed to aid in the student transition.
➤ Lane College in Oregon uses Title III grant funds for its
Lane’s Integration of Veterans in Education (LIVE) initiative,
providing a first-year experience for student veterans.
➤ Madison Area Technical College offers the College Success
for Veteran Students project consisting of orientation and a
college success class specifically for student veterans.
➤ Glendora, California-based Citrus College offers a Boots to
Books program, a required orientation for student veterans
and a curriculum to help the student veteran succeed in
academics, work, family, and other social settings.
➤ Park University’s Success for Veterans Program is
designed to provide a smooth and comprehensive transition to college for veteran students. The program includes
five online transition courses using faculty that “are academically and culturally prepared to provide high quality
services for veteran students.”
➤ The University of California, Santa Cruz, offers the Services
for Transfer and Reentry Students (STARS) approach.
STARS invites students who are military veterans to participate in a wide variety of academic and personal support
services and programs.
➤ The City University of New York Hunter College School of
Social Work offers the Project for Return and Opportunity
In Veterans Education (P.R.O.V.E.) program organized by
the Hunter College Student Veterans Club to focus on “the
special skills veterans bring to their college environment,
as well as their specific concerns.”
➤ Ramapo College of New Jersey is creating online veteran-specific orientation programs, expanding on-campus
veterans’ service centers, enhancing prospective student
outreach efforts, and increasing capacity for counseling
and psychological services.
➤ The University of Maine at Augusta Military Achievement
Project (U-MAP) was created to “…establish and sustain a
veteran community within the university by systematically
developing social, classroom, and professional networks.
U-MAP includes the creation of a student veteran organization, online social network, veteran peer mentors, designated course sections, and entrepreneurial training.”
➤ Farleigh Dickenson University is developing the Veterans
Launching Ventures (VLV) concept. VLP “…will provide
the skills and support for veterans to seize entrepreneurial
opportunities and launch small businesses that will help
them achieve personal success that also helps the community and regional economy.”
➤ Bristol Community College in Massachusetts focuses on
collaborating with other higher education institutions,
state government, and business and industry to find
employment for its student veterans.
➤ Since the 1940s, the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities,
has assisted veterans in obtaining a college education. The
institution uses the University Veterans Services department to deliver one-stop services to student veterans.
➤ The Empire State College, State University of New York,
Office of Veteran and Military Education provides one-stop
services for student veterans and resources for faculty to
gain a greater understanding of the unique skills and experiences of student veterans.
➤ The San Diego State University turned a fraternity house
into a student veterans’ residence house where veterans
serve as peer mentors.
➤ Colorado State University founded SALUTE, a national
honor society of student veterans and military personnel.