Mantella op-ed: Colleges, universities need to provide better services for veterans
President Philomena V. Mantella called on colleges and universities
to provide better support for veterans who enroll in classes and
degree programs after leaving the military, saying higher education
must recognize the value and skills this student population adds to a campus.
Mantella wrote an op-ed, "Education must do more for our veterans,"
published October 12 in the Evolllution, a publication for higher education.
President Philomena V. Mantella wrote an op-ed published in Evolllution
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In the article, Mantella wrote about the low percentage of veterans
who use the Post-9/11 GI Bill. "And when service women and men
join us at our universities, a 2015 study from Syracuse University
showed more than half (53%) believe colleges and universities don’t
acknowledge their military-earned skills and strengths," she wrote.
The article referenced Grand Valley's Veteran
Promise, guaranteed enrollment to Grand Valley for Michigan high
school seniors who commit to enlisting for two years. Grand Valley was
the first university in the country to reward military service this way.