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John Koch ACF Abstract FY11

"Supporting Student Success for Active Military and Veterans"

Conference Name: 2011 NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators) Annual Conference: Educating for Lives of Purpose

Most colleges and universities have established a centralized veterans affairs office in order to help veterans and active military students adjust to college life. In the first part of the presentation, Grand Valley State University will describe how they opted for a different approach; a Veterans Network. This Network consists of a number of identified individuals throughout the university embedded in offices that support other students. However, these professionals are trained specifically to work with veterans and active military students and are the contact people that military students are directed to when they request assistance. The members of the Veterans Network meet monthly for updates and training.

The second part of the presentation will focus on GVSUs use of data from a national assessment project that identifies students who may be at risk for academic failure or persistence. We will discuss how we conduct interventions with military and veteran students and how we refer these students to other campus resources.