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ERIC Number: EJ797514
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1099-3681
Serving Those Who Have Served Their Country
Wright, James
Presidency, v11 n2 p14-16, 18-20 Spr 2008
The 1944 GI Bill provided fully for postsecondary education, democratizing ambition and access to American higher education, and providing the idea of attending college and the financial means for doing so to a previously largely-unserved segment of the national population. The GI Bill, along with the civil rights movement and the women's movement, transformed American higher education. But there is still much work to be done to ensure that American institutions are fully accessible. Currently, two-thirds of high school students go on to college, but the percentage of low-income students who pursue higher education is far lower. Many military veterans have low incomes and a new GI Bill that provides adequate support to veterans would enable more low-income students to attend college while also paying a national debt to hundreds of thousands of young men and women currently serving their county and investing in the future of this republic--just as the original GI Bill did in the 1940s. During World War II, the higher education community was at best indifferent to the GI Bill. This time around, college presidents need to stand together in affirming how important educational benefits are to the men and women serving in the military. In this article, the author, president of Dartmouth College and himself a veteran, urges fellow presidents to do what's needed to support veterans wishing to matriculate in their institutions. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: G I Bill