Former Student Veterans Chief Joins APSCU

Career College Central summary:

  • The former head of Student Veterans of America has been hired as a key military adviser for a key for-profit university lobbying group, in charge of efforts to develop veteran-friendly initiatives.
  • Mike Dakduk, who served as SVA’s executive director for three years, said he took the chance to work with the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities because the group’s members “play a critical role in the transition of servicemembers into postsecondary education, and ultimately into meaningful careers.”
  • In a statement, APSCU President Steve Gunderson said Dakduk’s hiring “builds on our member institutions’ commitment to excellence in postsecondary education for military and veteran students.”
  • It’s also another big step forward for the industry in mending its image as a victimizer of veterans. Three years ago, for-profit colleges were the frequent target — school officials would say unfairly — of veterans groups and lawmakers for questionable recruiting practices and low graduations rates.

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