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Feds Hire Vets - News
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Washington, D.C. – Student Veterans of America (SVA) offers a vision of veterans based on groundbreaking research that shows student veterans are the rightful heirs to the millions who separated after World War II and created a vibrant economy for America. Compared to their peers, the millions of student veterans who have and are using the Post-9/11 GI Bill since 2009 are the unknown high achievers in higher education. They will become the next doctors, computer engineers, scientists, and business leaders our country needs. SVA’s research demonstrates that this largely untapped group of veterans has much to contribute to our nation’s success.
In a research project called the National Veteran Education Success Tracker (NVEST), SVA identified the many ways student veterans are outperforming their peers based on success rates, degree-types, and graduation. NVEST is the only research study to review all records of Post-9/11 GI Bill students and quantify how that investment translates for America.
NVEST is a partnership with the National Student Clearinghouse (Clearinghouse) and data shared from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In 2016, VA provided information from nearly one million veterans who used the Post-9/11 GI Bill between 2009 and 2015 to the Clearinghouse who returned student-level postsecondary enrollment and degree histories for 96 percent of these Post-9/11 GI Bill students. Personal identifying information specific to institutions and individuals was removed before data were provided to SVA for analysis. This research presents the most comprehensive view of student veterans and GI Bill success to date.
“One of the best ways to help student veterans succeed is to make sure that institutions and students have access to valid, timely outcomes data,” stated Dr. Doug Shapiro, Executive Director of Research at the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. “This enables institutions to benchmark and improve their efforts, and empowers student veterans to plan realistically and wisely.”
The results and methodology were peer reviewed by researchers from the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University and the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University.  

SVA’s research conclusively demonstrates that student veterans using the Post-9/11 GI Bill outperform their peers in higher education. They are more likely to graduate and to earn a degree in emerging fields such as Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
Since 2009, over 340,000 student veterans have earned over 450,000 post-secondary degrees or certificates using the Post-9/11 GI Bill and the vast majority, 90 percent, are current or prior enlisted service members. SVA projects the Post-9/11 GI Bill – at current funding levels – will generate at least 100,000 degrees every year. Furthermore, women veterans represent 23 percent of degree-earners despite only comprising about 16 percent of the Armed Forces.
“We congratulate SVA’s work on the NVEST report. The information from this important study highlights the fact that the GI Bill continues to be a life changing benefit for veterans as they transition into the workforce. It shows that veterans are not only capable, but that many of them truly excel in an academic environment,” said Mr. Curtis L. Coy, VA’s Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity.
NVEST is a clarion call to higher education and veteran service organizations; our focus should not be on the challenges veterans face in college, but how and where they are succeeding and to what extent we can accelerate their success.
Colleges and universities across the country should recruit student veterans as recognized high performers who lead on campus and who pave the way for other non-traditional students. Business and industry should recruit those who work full or part-time during their education, who perform well in internships, and focus their recruitment and hiring on a proven talent pool. They should hire their next entry-level managers from the enlisted ranks who now have earned their degrees. Policy and legislation affecting the Post-9/11 GI Bill should reflect and affirm America’s continued commitment to student veterans.
“These results demonstrate that student veterans are talent hiding in plain sight on campuses nationwide. We intend to use NVEST and additional research to make the case for why post-secondary schools should be doing more to recruit these high achieving-individuals. No other organization is better placed to affect change on their behalf than SVA,” said Mr. Jared Lyon, SVA’s President and CEO. 
More information about NVEST is available at including the full report and factsheets. You can also download the factsheets now by clicking on the button below. NVEST research was conducted by SVA with funding provided by Google, Lumina Foundation, and The Kresge Foundation.

Student Veterans of America
February, 24, 2017 

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