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The Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding

What you need to know

must use a billing process that complies with regulations. Hood College has signed the MOU. “We make every effort to work with servicemembers using all types of aid,” said Entersz. Hood has students that are active duty and retired/discharged collecting benefits under the Post/911 GI Bill, Chapters 30, 31, 33, 35, 1606 and 1607. Hood is aYellow Ribbon School and has a Military Friendly designation. Entersz said that Hood has approximately 90 students designated as military or military dependent.

What the MOU Does Not Do


By Jim Mahaffie

If you’re a servicemember looking for or receiving education benefits, then please read on.Your school must have a signed Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on file with the Department of Defense (DoD), or tuition assistance can’t be issued and you’ll have to pay for the courses another way. In 2011, the DoD announced that it was requiring all institutions participating in the MilitaryTuition Assistance (TA) program to have an MOU with the DoD. Originally the deadline was January 1, 2012, but in December, the DoD announced that it was providing a 90-day extension for institutions to sign the MOU until March 30, 2012. Institutions that offer programs to service members on campus, on base, on ship, and at a distance must sign and comply with the MOU by then. If schools do not sign the MOU, they will no longer be able to collect military tuition assistance from their military students. According to Carolyn Baker, chief of DoD voluntary education programs, the quality of education received by service members is very important to the DoD. In releases and updates about the issue, she said the DoD is committed to offering comprehensive, lifelong learning opportunities for service members, and the new policy will ensure a viable program is in place to assist them in realizing those opportunities. The DoD MOU covers all US armed forces, including Reserve and National Guard components, DoD Education and Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges.

What It Says:

By signing the MOU, postsecondary educational institutions agree to several specific commitments and agreements with the DoD, including the following: 1. Adhere to and execute Service members Opportunity Colleges (SOC) principles and criteria. 2. Participate in an established Military Voluntary Education Review process. 3. Provide the same tuition cost for all service members enrolled in the same course, regardless of the service component. 2

4. Recognize, accept, and award credit where appropriate, from the Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcript System, the Sailor/Marine American Council on Education RegistryTranscript System, and the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) transcript as the official sources of military training and experience documentation with corresponding college credit recommendations, when processing an individual’s documented education plan. 5. Provide an evaluated educational plan to the service member and his or her service. 6. Provide course enrollment, course withdrawal, course cancellation, course completion or failure, grade, verification of degree completion to the service issuing tuition assistance. 7. Be accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency. All institutions receiving military TA must sign an MOU agreeing to follow these principles. Other elements involve billing system criteria, transparency guidelines and information dissemination regulations.

No Tuition Assistance Without an MOU

“When a school signs the MOU with the Department of Defense, it means the school agrees to accept funds through the service’s Tuition Assistance (TA) programs in payment for educational services,” said Elaine Entersz, assistant registrar at Hood College and a Veterans Affairs school certifying official. “If a military student wishes to use tuition assistance to pay for classes, the school has to meet several requirements in order to qualify to be able to accept that assistance.” Entersz said the schools have to participate in an education review process, and provide an educational plan for each student using TA, along with information regarding enrollment, course and degree completion. Schools also

The MOU does not obligate funds or guarantee program enrollments by DoD military personnel, their eligible adult family members, DoD civilian employees or retirees in an educational institution’s academic programs. It also doesn’t grant access onto military installations to market, counsel students or provide instruction. Any institution has to have permission from the installation commander, coordinated with the installation’s education advisor, to conduct business prior to entering an installation.

A Need for Standards

The process began in 2005 when John Molino, then deputy undersecretary of defense for military community and family policy, formed a task force to develop standards for distance learning programs being offered by educational institutions with no physical presence on military installations. It was obvious then that with multiple deployments and rapidly changing technology, more and more service members were using military tuition assistance for college programs taken at a distance.The DoD predicted demand to increase, as it has done. In the early 1990s schools were receiving about 10 percent of their tuition assistance income from distance programs. By the mid ‘90s, it had risen to about 25 percent. James Sweizer, vice president of military programs at American Public University System (APUS) said that online learning is now the most popular education method for the military. “Today, 71 percent go online regularly for education,” he said. “Online programs have really allowed everyone to go anywhere and finish their degree.” APUS has 106,000 total students, of which Sweizer said about 60 percent are active duty military, Guard or Reserve. “They don’t pay a dime for their application fee or education, and we provide them books.They pay nothing until they are ready to graduate.” APUS offers over 80 degree programs. The criteria the task force developed and eventually were adopted are applicable to any type of course delivery, from a university classroom to on a base or a ship or a distance learning classroom.The goal is to ensure the highest quality of the DoD education program as a whole. “Most schools that have been working with military students for many years and helping them complete their degrees have already signed the MOU and are already complying with most if not all of the parameters,” said Sweizer. “For those of us who’ve been in business for a long time, it’s nothing earth-shattering.They standardized language, put in new reporting requirements and accountHIGHER EDUCATION & LIFE LONG LEARNING • Spring 2012

ability, and made statistics more transparent. They basically made it fair for everyone. “If you’re serving service members and their education needs, you really should sign the agreement,” said Sweizer. “After all, our military personnel would be the ones that lose out.”

Participating Institutions

Go to for a list of participating educational institutions and their sub-campuses. As of February 8, there were 1,893 parent institutions that had signed MOUs with the DoD, and 2,936 sub-institutions. Maryland schools included: • Anne Arundel Community College • Bowie State University • Capitol College • College of Southern Maryland • DeVry University • Fortis Institute • Frederick Community College • Hagerstown Community College • Harford Community College • Hood College • Prince George’s Community College • Stevenson University • Strayer University • University of Maryland University College •Washington Bible College/ Capital Bible Seminary •Washington College

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Military veterans should be wary of lead generation companies

From the Experts:

By C.D. Carter

Veterans with educational benefits included in the Post-9/11 GI Bill have become prime targets for web-based operations tasked at collecting personal information from prospective college students and dispersing that information to a host of schools. A simple Google search for online college programs turns up several websites that request a person’s level of education, zip code, and other details. Sometimes the sites offer the advice of an advisor. Once the prospective student has handed over his or her information, they’re likely to receive emails and phone calls from schools that have paid for access to those important details. Colleges with meager marketing budgets often pay lead generation companies to collect names and contact information. And with veterans leaving active duty with federal money for college, servicemembers have become a prime target for lead generators, said education officials from Washington, D.C.-area colleges. Jim Sweizer, vice president of American Military University (AMU), with offices in Virginia, said leader generators are “quite deceitful” because they don’t tell military veterans that their contact information will only be passed along to schools that pay for leads, not schools that cater to veterans. “They always look like a legitimate website,” Sweizer said. “They present professional-looking content about career paths and courses for veterans in transition. … But in the end, [veterans’] information is only funneled to their customers.” This means that veterans are not re-

ferred to college programs covered by their government benefits or best fit for their educational pursuits, Sweizer said. “These students have no idea where their names are going to end up,” he said. “To me, that’s really crossing the line. … [Lead generators] are just a third party that complicates the process while looking to make a quick buck.” AMU officials pointed to Essential Knowledge, a prominent lead generator, as one of the most aggressive collectors of student information, especially from men and women with military backgrounds. On its homepage, Essential Knowledge highlights visitors with military benefits, directing them to a page that says the company will “help members of the military community understand the valuable education benefits that are available to them, and how to use these programs to pursue a worthwhile higher education.” Essential Knowledge includes a detailed list of the myriad federal benefits veterans can use for college courses and living expenses. The site invites veterans to seek advising “the old school way – in person,” and lists a phone number for those interested. Graham Moyer, president of Kansas-based Essential Knowledge, said the company’s website is a small part of an operation that focuses on face-to-face meetings at military community events – sometimes known as “yellow ribbon events” – with veterans in search of higher education. “What we’ve found is servicemembers were unaware of what educational benefits were available to them or exactly how to use them,” said Moyer,



adding that Essential Knowledge recruiters only attend military events that they are invited to. “We don’t do anything to step on the toes of military leadership.” Essential Knowledge employs about 60 people, many with military backgrounds, across 35 states to visit military veterans unsure of which college programs would best fit their needs. Moyer said veterans who attend college fairs can fill out a questionnaire designed to match them with colleges across the country. Essential Knowledge uses Servicemember Opportunity College (SOC) member schools as a “benchmark for military friendliness,” connecting veterans with schools that readily accept credit transfers and course credit from military experience, he said. “We don’t promote any schools,” Moyer said. “We’re not out there saying XYZ university is really good. … It’s all about information and motivation for us, and we believe [a veteran’s school choice] should be based on more than just Internet research.There are so many options out there. We want to help them cut through the clutter.” Reginald Tim Battle, lead education services specialist at Fort Myer Army Education Center in Arlington, Va., said servicemembers should consult with their local Veterans Administration counselor while they’re surveying college choices. Web-based college consultants, he said, will sometimes rush veterans’ critical education decisions. “If [veterans] feel that they are being pressured to make an immediate decision, pull out of the interaction immediately because that is a bad sign,” Battle said, adding that veterans should

double check colleges’ statistics on the U.S. Department of Education’s website. “Reputable education programs will always give potential enrollees time to think things over and come to their own decision.” American Public University System, which encompasses AMU, uses some lead generation sites to recruit prospective students, said Brian Muys, a university spokesman. Muys said the school doesn’t use lead generation services to recruit students into AMU, and added that officials are “very selective” about which websites the school appears on. “It’s really a small supplement to our efforts,” he said. Sweizer said AMU has always relied on word of mouth and student referrals. “I personally don’t see the value of lead generators,” he said. Sweizer said some lead generation websites mislead military veterans into believing that the company’s client schools include every Servicemember Opportunity College, or are schools that cater to veterans’ needs, such as frequent cross country moves for new military assignments. Lead generation companies have “infiltrated” military career fairs in recent years, Sweizer said, scouring the fairs for students searching for the right campus on which to use their GI Bill benefits. “They’re nothing but hired guns for the schools,” he said. “These folks could care less about the students. They’re done with them as soon as they ship off their names. And veterans, unfortunately, with their tuition reimbursement, are going to be prime targets.” 7


Thomas Edison State College 101 West State Street Trenton, New Jersey 08608 Admissions Phone 888-442-8372 Financial Aid Phone 888-442-8372 Louis Martini 800-446-1804 4-year Public College/University Main Campus: 101 West State Street Trenton, New Jersey 08608

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Since 2007, the College has been named one of the country’s top ten military-friendly institutions by Military Advanced Education magazine.

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Student groups help veterans connect on campus By C.D. Carter

Military veterans restarting their educational lives on college campuses across the Washington, D.C., metro region may gravitate to student-veteran organizations that help members find study partners, manage their government benefits, and even receive physical therapy. Many four-year colleges and community colleges, along with individual programs within these schools, invite former and current members of the armed forces to join for weekly or monthly meetings with others that utilize military benefits to attend courses. Attendance of the veteran group meetings is often spotty, with some schools having just recently started a student-veteran organization. Managing the dynamics of studentveteran groups, however, has proven tricky for some group leaders as they try to bridge the gap that sometimes exists between combat veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and veterans who served in noncombat roles. A campus’ student-veteran group should be there primarily to connect service members in their effort to acclimate into civilian life, said Erik Ogilvie, president of the student-veteran organization at Johns Hopkins University’s

Carey Business School. “[Veterans] have a different background that sets us apart from the normal student who hasn't had any of those experiences,” said Ogilvie, an Army veteran who launched the on-campus group at the beginning of the spring semester. Blending in with college students who haven’t served in the military, Ogilvie said, is a goal for many veterans returning to college after a stint as a service member. Disassociating with fellow veterans, he said, is understandable but misguided. “It’s true that some people want to interact with civilians more than veterans, but it's important that they interact with people who they share experiences with, and understand where they're coming from,” he said. “You have to realize no one [outside of the military] has had the life experience that you've had.” Catherine Cornish, president of Anne Arundel Community College’s Student Veterans of America organization who served in the army from 1996-2004, said there is an occasional rift between service members who spent their military careers in the U.S. and those who served on Middle Eastern battlefields. “Some [Iraq and Afghanistan war] veterans won’t show up to our meetings



Blending in with college students who haven’t served in the military, Ogilvie said, is a goal for many veterans returning to college after a stint as a service member. Disassociating with fellow veterans, he said, is understandable but misguided. because of the stigma that might be attached to their deployments,” said Cornish, who is pursuing a degree in cyber security. “Politics might come into play too, and people generally want to avoid that.” About 30 of the over 1,100 veterans at Anne Arundel Community College regularly attend the student-veteran group’s meetings, which are designed to help veterans understand the many government benefits available to them and how to best access tuition help and money allocated for housing assistance while they’re in school. “I realized that I didn’t even know a lot of these benefits are available to me,” Cornish said, referring to medical benefits offered through Veterans Affairs. “People just don’t know it’s there for them. We want to meet those needs and make sure that doesn’t happen to our veterans.” The student-veteran organization at Montgomery College’s Rockville campus has grown from its days of meeting in a utility closet, where meeting attendees sat on paper shredders and copy machines. Rose Sachs, chairwoman of disability support services at Montgomery Col-

lege, said convincing veterans to attend the college’s meetings with fellow vets meant fighting “the ingrained ethic of, ‘You don’t ask for any help from anyone anytime.’” According to Sachs, that unwillingness to seek a little help here and there prevents many veterans from searching for study partners. Asking for help from campus veteran groups is even more unlikely for veterans with invisible conditions like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Sachs said. “If you’re not blind or deaf or missing a limb from something that happened in the battlefield, there’s a lot of paranoia and stigma about disabilities that no one can see,” she said. Sachs said Montgomery College’s student-veteran group enjoyed a bump in attendance after it offered acupuncture for any of the school’s 700 veterans who needed it. The college also offers discounted and free tickets to professional sporting events in the D.C. area and open gym hours just for former service members. “We’ve seen how popular these little programs can be,” Sachs said. Ogilvie said he had made contacts with local business owners in hopes of helping soon-to-be Johns Hopkins graduates enter the workforce without a lull between graduation and their first day on the job. Many veterans said it’s a priority not just to find some sort of employment after school, but to find a job that makes them want to get out of bed every morning, said Ogilvie. “We want to help them find meaningful employment that helps them feed their families and find the kind of fulfillment they had when they were in uniform,” said Ogilvie, who served one year in Iraq. “When you're sitting in a business meeting, it's not the same as when you're sitting with your soldiers. There’s nothing quite like going out in combat with your soldiers.”



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