Credit For Service

Career College Central summary:

  • Statewide higher education offices in seven Midwestern states have banded together to help student veterans earn college credit for the training and experience they receive in the U.S. military.
  • Roughly one million veterans have enrolled in college after returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of those students say they have not received an adequate number of credits for skills they learned while in the military.
  • A growing number of lawmakers are paying attention to that problem. Some say they want student veterans to avoid wasting time and money re-learning what they already know.
  • The coalition in the Midwest is doing its part to help out, said Ken Sauer, senior associate commissioner for research and academic affairs at Indiana’s Commission for Higher Education. He described the so-called Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit last week during a hearing held by the U.S. House of Representatives’ subcommittee on higher education.
  • Sauer explained how the “grassroots effort” began 18 months ago with colleges, systems and state higher education executive officers (SHEEOs) in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. Joining later were Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota and Missouri.

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