Veterans’ New Battle: Getting Credit For What They Already Know

Career College Central summary:

  • A new study by the SVA finds that veterans who enroll in college using money from the GI Bill take longer to finish than other students —a median time of five years for a four-year bachelor’s degree. Bachelor’s degree candidates generally take a median time of four years and four months, according to the National Student Clearinghouse.
  • Veterans often go to school while simultaneously raising families, holding jobs, and serving as reservists, all of which can slow them down. But so can universities’ reluctance to give them credit for what they already know, advocates say. That’s also slowly beginning to change. Legislators in Washington State have unanimously voted to make public universities and colleges give academic credit to veterans for military training, and the governor has signed the measure into law. A similar bill is under consideration in Michigan.
  • In Ohio, Governor John Kasich has proposed requiring that veterans’ experience be taken into account not only for academic credit at that state’s public institutions, but for professional licenses.

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