Veterans in the Classroom

Resources for Teaching Veterans

Best Practices for Working with Veterans in the Classroom (Minnesota State Colleges & Universities, Academic and Student Affairs).
A one-hour webinar for faculty to help them understand the challenges faced by veterans reintegrating into the community and develop techniques to better serve their needs. Also provides overview of resources, such as

Veterans in Our Classrooms: Understanding the Students, Understanding the Law (Minnesota State Colleges & Universities, Academic and Student Affairs).
PowerPoint presentation and 15-minute video discussing the possible characteristics of returning veterans that might impact their performance in the classroom, plus laws associated with these veterans.

American Council on Education, Serving Those Who Serve: Higher Education and American’s Veterans.
Resources for understanding and teaching veterans. Includes links to materials on college-wide initiatives and programs, as well as tools for teaching special veteran populations such as those with disabilities or cognitive injuries.

Transitions: Combat Veterans as College Students,” by Robert Ackerman, David DiRamio, and Regina L. Garza Mitchell.
A report on interviews with 25 combat veterans, male and female, demonstrating that they are indeed a special population on campus, requiring support from faculty and administration to create a “veteran-friendly” campus.

Soldiers in the Classroom” by Mike Rose (Inside Higher Ed, March 19, 2010).
Dr. Rose eloquently makes a case for recognizing and addressing the complex educational needs of returning veterans. He goes on to describe the Veterans Special Education Program he taught in, which was designed to meet the multiple needs of returning vets with tutoring, community-building, and assistance beyond the classroom.

Enhancing Veteran Success in Higher Education” by Elizabeth O’Herrin in Peer Review, Winter 2011, Vol. 13, no.1 (A publication of the Association of American Colleges and Universities).
Describes Post-9/11 GI Bill and its impact on higher education. Details characteristics and specific needs of returning vets, and goes on to discuss many ways colleges and universities can address these needs with veteran-specific resources.

Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability (JPED), Special Issue: Veterans with Disabilities.
Free download of this entire special issue with articles on the needs and potential of vets with disabilities transitioning to higher education. Scroll down to the bottom to download or open as PDF.

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Resources for Veterans as Students

MSU Student Veterans Information.
A portal website with resources designed to help veterans succeed at MSU, such as links to helpful offices on campus and student groups for present and former armed service members.

GI Bill Tools to Kick Start Your Spring Semester (Vantage Point: Dispatches from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs).
Helpful resources plus an area for comments on the article and guest posts on veterans’ issues.

Military to College Guide for Student Veterans (Student Veterans of America, December 1, 2008).
Another booklet of information and resources for the combat veteran transitioning to college.

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