ERIC Number: EJ997480
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct-15
Reference Count: N/A
Colleges Can Improve Outcomes for Veterans and the Economy
McGovern, Thomas M.
New England Journal of Higher Education, Oct 2012
Veterans play a critical role in the U.S. economy. For many returning veterans, education is the first step to successfully reentering civilian life and the workforce. Since the inception of the first GI Bill (Servicemen's Readjustment Act) in 1944, higher education has been responding to the needs of military students. Veterans are dedicated employees and entrepreneurs with invaluable skill sets, excellent teamwork and leadership skills, and commendable devotion to their employers or businesses. Without the assistance of higher education, it is probable that the current 12% jobless rate among post-2001 veterans would increase. Higher education must do more to meet and exceed the educational needs of military students by maximizing Post 9/11-GI Bill benefits, providing supplemental programs, offering practical degrees, and assisting in career placement. In this article, the author discusses how colleges can improve outcomes for veterans and the economy.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Leadership, Educational Needs, Veterans, Federal Legislation, Colleges, Teamwork, Entrepreneurship, Motivation, Economics, Academic Degrees
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: G I Bill