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Area colleges ease credit transfers for servicemembers
By C.D. Carter
ollege administrators throughout the Washington, D.C., area know that with so many military veterans and active-duty soldiers working toward degrees, a campus has to prove its willingness to transfer servicemembers’ course credits easily from school to school. That is why more than 90 campuses in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington are part of the Servicemember Opportunity Colleges (SOC), abiding by the stipulations laid out by the SOC to ease the credit transfer process for servicemen and women who frequently move and, consequently, often switch colleges and universities. The SOC program was launched in 1972 for military personnel seeking a college degree while relocating to a new military base every few months, thereby requiring college-to-college credit transfers that often prove logistically difficult. The program also allows for the same ease-oftransfer to be granted to a servicemember’s adult dependent family members. Tony Miller, director of graduate admissions at Capitol College, an independent school in Laurel, Md., said that being a member of theWashington-based SOC has helped the school recruit military personnel looking for a school to attend while they
are stationed in the region. “Being a member of the consortium definitely gives us credibility with current and former members of the armed forces,” Miller said, adding that soldiers and veterans often ask Capitol College officials if the school is part of the SOC.“The servicemember knows that we have agreed to abide by the SOC
principles, especially when it comes to transferring credits into our programs.” Funded by the Department of Defense, SOC works closely with 15 higher education associations, along with both active and reserve servicemen and women, according to the SOC’s website. Civilian students who move from one
college to another sometimes see credits disappear because one school’s curriculum is not considered equivalent to the next school’s coursework. An SOC member college works to transfer credits and help servicemembers avoid taking a course for a second time on a new campus. “SOC membership is sometimes viewed as a Good Housekeeping seal of approval, because a student will know the school has agreed to help them,” said SOC director Kathy Snead. “It lets the servicemember know that the school is military-focused and that they’re concerned about their needs as students.” The influx of federal money available for servicemember education after the introduction of the post-9/11 GI Bill, Snead said, has encouraged new colleges and universities to become SOC members in recent years, although SOC does not have estimates of how many new member schools have joined. “Being a member helps (colleges) compete in the military market,” she said. “It really helps the visibility of that institution.” There are 29 SOC colleges and universities in Maryland; 52 in Virginia; 11 in the District; and more than 1,900 nationwide, according to the SOC website.
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They‘d rather come out at night Some veterans choose evening classes to be with older, experienced classmates By C.D. Carter
At 26, Adam Fus isn’t a curmudgeon. But the junior at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va., said he prefers night classes filled with working adults in their late 20s and early 30s — people he can relate to better than the 18- and 19-yearolds in his daytime classes. Fus, a Virginia native who served in Afghanistan and Iraq for the Marine Corp infantry, is not alone. Interviews with military veterans and servicemembers around the Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.,region showed that adjusting to interaction with younger students is a central part of transitioning from military life to campus life. “With having the experience I had in the military, and in life in general, there’s a communication barrier with a lot of younger students,” said Fus, who left the
military in 2007. He added that the barrier often takes digital form. “A lot of kids are either playing on Facebook orTwitter. I prefer face-to-face communication, the way people used to talk to each other.” Veterans returning to the classroom after their military service begin their pursuit of a degree the same way a recent high school graduate would: in introductory classes. That puts veterans in classrooms and lecture halls with students almost a decade younger. Teenagers lack the life experience of a military veteran who has served overseas, students said, making it difficult to chat with classmates, or work with them in group projects. “The reality is that even at 25 or 26, you may be the oldest in the class by several years,” said Olayta Rigsby, veterans affairs coordinator at Howard Community College, a 10,000-student campus in Columbia,
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“They find that some of the younger students are intimidated [by professors] or just not interested in what’s happening in class,” Rigsby said. “Veterans made a sacrifice to get into the classroom, so they take it very, very seriously.” Student veterans said they find themselves participating in class while younger students
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by C.D. Carter books, student fees, and room and board Charles Grigg, a sergeant in the U.S. —but there are also many military-specific Marine Corps, will graduate this spring from scholarships that offer some relief from Washington College in Chestertown, Md., tuition prices that can require substantial student loans during a four-year educaafter receiving one of the most generous tion. Some are available to all milimilitary scholarships in the tary members, but othstate — more than ers target service$100,000 in edumembers who fit specation costs during cific criteria, such as four years. single parents, Purple Grigg was one of Heart recipients and three veterans of the wounded veterans. wars in Afghanistan “It is an extreme relief and Iraq to receive knowing that I’m beginWashington College’s ning my job hunt without first Hodson Trust Star having that debt looming Scholarships, a program over my head,” said Grigg, that pays for military ser25, a Shady Side, Md., resivicemen and women’s dent who served an 18-month higher education on four ISTOCKPHOTO/COGAL tour in Iraq that ended in April campuses: Washington, 2007. “A lot of my friends have Johns Hopkins University, that debt and they’re already Hood College in Frederick and St. John’s feeling the effects of it. In one sense, I feel College in Annapolis. The program was kind of bad because I don’t have to go launched in 2007. through that. But on the other hand, I The Hodson scholarships cover all educational expenses—including classes, SCHOLARSHIPS, continued on 11 HIGHER EDUCATION • Fall 2011
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Virginia gives in-state tuition rates to veterans By C.D. Carter
Earlier this year, Virginia lawmakers passed legislation that could trim veterans’ college tuition by tens of thousands of dollars every year. Virginia’s military veterans won’t have to meet the state’s one-year residency requirement before qualifying for in-state tuition rates after the House and Senate unanimously passed the legislation, and Gov. Robert McDonnell signed the bill into law. Veterans new to the Commonwealth could save a bundle with the extension of in-state tuition, which is paid for with benefits from the Montgomery GI Bill. Virginia joins Arizona, Michigan, Ohio, and New Mexico as states with similar offers of immediate in-state rates for former servicemembers. George Mason University’s out-of-state students pay $33,388 annually, and Virginians pay $8,864, according to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. The College of William & Mary charges out-of-state students $42,448, and in-state students pay $12,188. At the University of Virginia, where out-of-state students shell out $42,226, their in-state counterparts pay $16,628. James Madison University charges outof-state students $28,644; in-state stu-
dents pay $7,860. “It’s a big step to extend that to veterans,” said David Armor, professor of public policy at George Mason who has researched how laws affect education and military manpower. “I would have to think it would be pretty popular on both sides of the aisle given the fact that it would help our servicemen and women ... and I personally think it’s a good idea.” Armor said offering tuition as little as one-fourth of current out-of-state rates could attract even more military veterans toVirginia, a state with an already large military population. “It would make a significant difference, but it’s hard to project the numbers,” Armor said when asked if he expected more veterans in his classroom after the instate tuition bill passed. There are 822,300 military veterans living in Virginia, according to statistics from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Maryland is home to 471,200 veterans, and there are 37,300 veterans in Washington, D.C. California has the largest veteran population, with almost 2 million. That high veteran population is why Glen Lacroix, a student at the University of Arizona and president of the school’s chapter of the Student Veterans of America, helped push an Arizona law last year that granted
in-state rates to veterans who had not met the one-year residency requirement. Lacroix said former servicemembers were not getting into public California universities because budget cuts had decreased class sizes and made the state’s university system far more selective. “It used to be that if you had a 3.0 GPA, you were in,” he said. “Now, [applicants] with 3.7 GPAs have to wonder if they’re getting in.” Lacroix and other veteran advocates were pleased when Arizona legislators passed a law granting in-state rates to veterans with honorable discharges. The law there took effect in time for this fall semester. State laws that can serve as recruiting tools for military veterans, Lacroix said, have proven popular with local business owners who look for former servicemen and women to fill job openings. “You bring veterans in by being veteran friendly,” Lacroix said. “Most veterans come to a place and they want to stay and build a life there. And a lot of employers, when they’re hiring, want to hire veterans because they have experience and leadership.” State lawmakers grappling with budget shortfalls and scrutinizing budget items one line at a time find veterans’ in-state tuition legislation particularly appealing,
he said. Drawing just 1,000 veterans from California would bring about $10.7 million in tuition and fees for Arizona State University in the next year, for example. “If you show them the money, they’ll follow it,” Lacroix said.
Will for-profit college rules affect military student choices? By C.D. Carter
Federal regulations aimed at strengthening standards at for-profit colleges are not expected to drive away military veterans and servicemembers from popular for-profit programs, but the new rules could prompt students to take a closer look at community colleges and traditional campuses. The U.S. Department of Education unveiled its long-awaited “gainful employment” regulations for for-profit programs, such as the University of Phoenix and Kaplan University. Under the rules, for-profit institutions that churn out large numbers of students who leave school with enormous student debt and few job qualifications would lose access to federal student aid money. Money provided in the Post-9/11 GI Bill has proven central to the rapid growth of for-profit schools, many of them conducting classes almost entirely online. In 2006, for example, 20 for-profit institutions took in $66 million in military educational benefits. Four years later, those same schools collected $521 million in military education money, according to a 2010 report released
by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, a longtime critic of the for-profit college industry. Richard Heath, director of financial aid at Anne Arundel (Md.) Community College, said he expects servicemembers and veterans to more carefully consider college choices after a two-year federal rule-making process that included reports of unethical recruitment practices and higher course costs at some for-profit schools. “We think [military students] will come to our school more now,” said Heath, an Army veteran, adding that for-profit public relations damage could fade through time. “But it goes in waves. Just like any other [education] sector, when the bad news hits, then the entire sector is painted in a bad light. … Then you have another generation of students coming along with little or no knowledge of what happened and they go along with life as normal.” The new federal regulations—which require for-profits to meet three requirements in order to receive federal student aid—could make for-profit schools more
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NIGHT, continued from 6 keep their heads buried in books or laptops. JustinWillis, an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran and a homeland security major at Anne Arundel Community College, said that at 30 years old, he is more comfortable with raising his hand during class discussions than student fresh out of high school might be. “Instructors don’t get a lot of participation, so I have to step in a lot,” Willis said. “He’d be pulling teeth trying to get people to answer his questions, and it seems like some [students] just refuse. I don’t know if they need coffee or what.” Willis said he would “definitely recommend” night classes to veterans returning to college. Being surrounded by classmates who juggle family life and a full-time job with college courses makes for a smoother transition into higher education for servicemembers.
CHOICES, continued from 10 popular among veterans researching college options, for-profit officials said. “Gainful employment” rules “may help limit debt for students … as they tighten up on definitions and rules around how we review academic activity,” said Gary Spoales, associate vice president for financial services operations at American Military University, which has offices in Manassas,Va. Spoales said AMU would make a concerted effort to explain the new federal regulations to students and ensure they understand that for-profit colleges can provide a quality education. “The media attention that this has generated spreads the word and creates a sense of fear and anxiety,” he said. “The only [information] some people have about how it might impact you comes from a third-party source.” The three-year grace period included in the Education Department’s final rules will give for-profit colleges time to adjust
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to the new standards. “We feel very comfortable with what we do and how we do it,” he said. “When changes are brand new, they create lots of questions before you get to final results. … I don’t think it’ll impact us as much because we have a good reputation with military students.” In 2008, about 76,000 military servicemembers who attended for-profit colleges used $640 million in GI Bill benefits, according to Harkin’s 2010 report. The 203,000 servicemen and women who attended public colleges and universities spent $697 million in benefits that year. Even before “gainful employment” rules were announced, AACC’s military student population was growing steadily. There are more than 1,000 military veterans and servicemembers at the college this year, a 400-student increase from 2009, Heath said. “We suspect that is only going to grow more,” he said. “Word of mouth in the military community is a very big seller.”
ments at the college from with which they are seeking their degree. SOC has specific programs for servicemembers in the Marines, Air Force, Army, the Army National Guard and the Coast Guard. Miller said Capitol College has tracked a marked increase in the number of military personnel asking campus counselors if the school has joined SOC and will work with the student to move credits from their previous college. Fifteen percent of Capitol’s students are active duty servicemembers or armed forces veterans, Miller said. “Capitol [College] has a long history servicing veterans and active duty students and we firmly believe in and follow the SOC principles,” he said.
SCHOLARSHIPS, continued from 6 know that I’ve been through something that most people will never get to experience, and that there are people out there who recognize that sacrifice by helping those like me get through college.” Jeremy Rothwell, another recipient of Washington College’s Hodson scholarship, said having $40,000 in tuition costs covered by the scholarship brought him back to campus for his final year in the college’s political science/history programs in 2007. “One of the only reasons I stayed was that they offered to pay for everything,” said Rothwell, 24, a medic in the National Guard who grew up in Cecil County and now lives in Chestertown. “Obviously, I was very pleased with the opportunity.” The University of Maryland-College Park, the state’s flagship campus, has eight scholarships available for active military personnel and their dependents. Some scholarships offer $1,000 to military members, such as the Robert E. Evasick Memorial Scholarship or the Paul E. and Jane F. Butler Scholarship Fund. Marsha Guenzler-Stevens, a University of Maryland spokeswoman, said the university has eight of the country’s 52 recipients of the Pat Tillman Military Scholars program, established for the former NFL player who joined the Army Rangers after Sept. 11, 2001, and was killed in Afghanistan in 2004. The program covers varying tuition costs for vet-
erans and active-duty military according to their financial needs, Guenzler-Stevens said. Most military scholarships on Maryland campuses are available to servicemen and women in every branch, but some scholarships are made available to veterans of the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The University of Maryland-University College’s Military Veteran Scholarship Fund, for example, seeks those who have served in the current battlefields, but remains open to other veterans and active duty personnel, according to the school’s financial aid website. UMUC’s Blewitt Endowed Military Scholarship assists active-duty single parents and their children, as well as military members who have been wounded in the war on terrorism. Other scholarship programs, such as UMUC’s President Gerald A. Heeger Tribute Scholarship, provide tuition costs for military members who have received a Purple Heart since Aug. 1, 2000. Rothwell and Grigg said Washington College’s financial aid officials helped them through the scholarship application process —a critical step in connecting servicemen and women with the various scholarships designated specifically for them. “It meant incredibly more than I could have imagined, as I do not think I would have been able to go back to college without it,” Grigg said of the Hodson scholarship. “Financially, I could not have afforded to go back to college unless I took a loan out.”
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Servicemen and women are not subject to the same credit-transfer restrictions at SOC member campuses. For instance, Bowie State University does not hold SOC members to the same credit transfer limitations as civilian students, and Bowie State officials allow SOC students to complete 75 percent of their coursework outside the university. The final 30 credits of degree work for undergraduate and graduate degrees, however, must be completed at the university, said Herbert Mills, the Veteran Affairs coordinator at Bowie State. The SOC requires that member colleges require military students to complete no more than 25 percent of the degree require-
Fus said his spring semester schedule does not allow for night classes. However, in William & Mary’s business school, he says even the youngest students participate in class. “It can be difficult at times, but it really depends on the type of students you have,” he said. “You always have immature young students, but you also have mature 21year-olds who think they’re ready to leave college and run a company. It really varies.” Rigsby said many veterans transitioning into Howard Community College don’t begrudge their younger classmates for being immature or failing to participate during discussions with instructors. Instead, military veterans catch a glimpse of who they were before their national service. “They come back from the battlefield and they say, ‘Hey, that’s what I was like,’” Rigsby said. “They understand where they’re coming from.”
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Nyack College Hall of the States 444 North Capitol Street NW Suite 700 Washington, D.C. 20001 Admissions Phone: (202) 220-1300 Financial Aid Phone: (202) 220-1300 Military Programs Contact: George Hairston Military Programs Phone: (202) 220-1300 Military Programs Email: email@example.com Type of School: School of Business and Leadership Nyack College | Washington, D.C. campus Hall of the States 444 North Capitol Street NW Suite 700 Washington, D.C. 20001 Online courses available: Yes
What makes this school the right choice for a member of the military, veteran, and/or family member? Top Major 1: Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management Top Major 2: Master of Science in Organizational Leadership Offers Credit for Work Experience: Yes Tuition (per semester): Varies per program Yellow Ribbon Program Participant? Yes Yellow Ribbon Amount (per semester):Varies per program Special Tuition rates available for military, spouses, &/or children? Post 9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC®)
Nyack College is a private, non-profit institution of Christian higher education. Founded 1882 by Dr. A. B. Simpson as a training institute for missionaries, today Nyack College is comprised of an accredited liberal arts college, seminary, and graduate schools offering more than forty majors and seven graduate programs to over, 4,000 students who earn associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. The main campus is located in Nyack, New York with an 80-acre campus set on a hillside overlooking the Hudson River and Tappan Zee Bridge, just twenty-five miles north of Times Square. Branch campuses exist in the historic TriBeca area of Manhattan; on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.; and in San Juan, Puerto Rico. With each campus’ close proximity to a major urban or metropolitan region, Nyack College is one of the nation’s most culturally diverse campuses—in both the student and faculty population. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Nyack multiple times among the most diverse campus in the Northeast. The Chronicle of Higher Education named Nyack a “2011 Great College to Work For,” with recognition in three categories: confidence in senior leadership, respect and appreciation, and work/life balance. Nyack College is chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Highly qualified faculty who bring a mixture of scholarship, and applied experience in business, faithbased, and non-profit organizations teach our academically rigorous curriculum. 1040839
HIGHER EDUCATION • Fall 2011