Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

A Pledge from Colleges, Universities ; Institutions Strive to Help Veterans Feel Comfortable, Succeed on Campus

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

A Pledge from Colleges, Universities ; Institutions Strive to Help Veterans Feel Comfortable, Succeed on Campus

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As West Virginians honor those who have served and continue serving this Veterans Day, our states public colleges and universities have rallied together to create a stronger level of support for veterans and service members who are working to further their education. This year, the Higher Education Policy Commission and Community and Technical College System of West Virginia launched the 5 Star Challenge, which sets forth five exemplary standards for better supporting student veterans. And we are proud to say that all of our community and technical colleges and four-year institutions have accepted the challenge.

According to spring 2015 enrollment data, more than 2,700 students receiving benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs were enrolled in West Virginias two- and four-year higher education institutions.

And we know these students come to college with past experiences that set them far apart from the general student population.

Student veterans and military members often feel isolated on campus. We also know that even small process delays can discourage them from continuing their studies, that college life could not be further from the realities of military service and that without a dedicated support network, a student veteran can far too easily fall through the cracks.

At the same time, we know that veterans and service members are leaders. …

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