ERIC Number: ED168413
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Nov-30
Reference Count: N/A
Improvements Needed in Implementation of the Veterans' Educational Assistance Program.
Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.
The armed services' efforts to aid and encourage uniformed personnel to participate in the Veterans' Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) are reviewed. VEAP is a pilot program designed to promote and assist the all-volunteer armed forces program in attracting qualified persons to serve by offering educational assistance. Several factors that appear to have limited participation in the program include: failure of the cognizant agencies to develop comprehensive program guidelines in a timely manner, variances and inaccuracies in program information provided to recruits, the timing and sequence of VEAP briefings within certain services, and a low opinion of VEAP that appears to be held by some of the personnel responsible for program implementation at the installation level. Questionnaires were administered to an arbitrarily chosen sample of recruits eligible to participate in the program at nine reception stations and training centers to determine current enrollment rates, compare enrollees with nonenrollees, and determine why recruits were electing not to participate. Out of the 2,534 respondents, 512 or about 20 percent had enrolled in the program. Reasons for nonparticipation are presented. Information on the efforts of each of the military services is presented, and recommendations are offered to the Administrator of Veterans Affairs and the Secretary of Defense to improve the VEAP. (SW)
Descriptors: Armed Forces, Educational Opportunities, Financial Support, Higher Education, Military Service, Program Administration, Program Evaluation, Student Financial Aid, Veterans Education
General Accounting Office, Washington, D.C. 20548
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.