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Summit on veterans' education ‘serving those who serve us'

Posted on 6/24/2016

BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota is among 13 states to receive funding from the Lumina Foundation and USA Funds through participation in the Midwest Higher Education Compact to advance best practices designed to ease the transition of veterans and their families from military life to college campuses.

As a result, the North Dakota University System coordinated a half-day summit in Bismarck for college and university faculty, staff, and administrators from across the state. Nearly 60 attendees registered for the event representing public, private, and tribal colleges and universities in North Dakota.

"More than 2,000 service members and veterans are enrolled throughout the NDUS, which has a growing number of campuses that already award credit for prior learning," said Chancellor Mark Hagerott to the group of attendees. "I encourage each campus to truly make an effort to examine military training and experiences. Identify champions within the institution to support this effort."

The focus of the summit titled Serving Those Who Serve Us included hands-on training aimed at equipping college and university representatives with knowledge on how to award college credit for military training and occupations.

Lisa Johnson, director of system-wide student entry, transfer, and retention, helped organize the event to encourage networking, establish goals surrounding evaluation of credit, create understanding of the importance of involving department faculty in the review process, and acknowledge progress in the state.

"For me, the biggest take away was the enthusiastic support and desire to learn more from one another while learning to use resources from the American Council on Education (ACE) to evaluate military training and experience for the award of college credit," she said.

Johnson added that the response for the event was remarkable, with representatives from the public, private, and tribal colleges in North Dakota reaching out to learn more. "Higher education's noted desire to recognize skills and competencies that veterans and service members bring to our respective institutions is outstanding. Clearly each of us can learn a lot from our constituents in higher education who are willing to share their lessons learned and what works best when examining learning outside of the traditional college classroom."

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