Written by: The NASPA Research and Policy Institute; in partnership with Insidetrack

The nation’s colleges and universities face an influx of students who are active duty or military veterans. According to the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) spends nearly $9 billion annually on education benefits through the Post-9/11 GI Bill, supporting nearly 600,000 service members, veterans, and other beneficiaries. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) reports that 325,000 active duty service members enrolled in postsecondary courses in 2011, using more than $1 billion in funding through the DOD Voluntary Education Program.

Given the significance of these student populations, both in terms of enrollment and taxpayer spending, it is no surprise that there has been an acute focus on the experiences and educational outcomes of student veterans and active duty military students in academic scholarship, policy conversations, and media reporting.

Unfortunately, the data available to support these important discussions remains limited. (Read More)

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