Register Now and Apply by 9/5/17 for Travel Stipends to Attend CMVE’s Conference Activities: Cool swag, great speakers and concurrent sessions from your peers, and lots of time to connect with your colleagues from around the state (and the region!) are sure to please at this year’s 5th annual CMVE Conference activities! The Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) has made travel grant applications available for up to $1,000 to support educators from MCMC (Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit) states attending events focused on student veteran success, particularly related to military credit mapping. Faculty and staff in Michigan are encouraged to apply for these funds and join CMVE for its 5th Annual conference, Serving Veterans in the Classroom, on Wednesday, September 27th at the Radisson in downtown Lansing, Michigan. Educators should also plan to attend the pre-conference program, Military Credit Mapping Summit, on Tuesday, September 26th. More details and registration information for both programs are available here. Download the travel grant application here and be sure to act fast as the recommended deadline is September 5! Contact Katie Giardello with questions and please feel free to spread the word to encourage your colleagues on campus to participate!
Reminder: Review Proposed New Constitution & By-Laws Scheduled for Vote at Annual Conference: As a reminder, last week Phil Larson (CMVE’s Chair at UM-AA) circulated the proposed new CMVE Constitution and By-Laws that will be voted on at the annual business meeting during the conference. After many thoughtful months of work by the CMVE Steering Committee, the proposed updates: reflect CMVE’s strength as a convener of dedicated educators and conduit for statewide strategic partnerships to encourage the academic success of Michigan’s military-connected students; define membership options to reflect the Consortium’s expanding network; and organize business procedures and leadership structure to carry the Consortium into the future as a highly functioning statewide network. Along with considering these highlights, you may also wish to review the originating Constitution and By-Laws available at: https://micmve.org/constitution-by-laws/. Please send any discussion or questions to Phil (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Other Items of Interest:
Forever GI Bill Signed into Law – MCMC Webinar on Legislative Changes Scheduled for 9/21/17: The Harry W. Colmery Educational Assistance Act of 2017 (aka the “Forever GI Bill”) was signed into law last week. Please see the attached analysis of each section of the bill and its implication from the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. You may also appreciate SVA’s comprehensive analysis of the bill available on their website. Plan to join MCMC (Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit) for a webinar presented by SVA detailing the changes executed with this legislation on September 21, 2017 at 2PM Eastern. Click here to register.
American Legion Launches New College Recon Website for Veterans Seeking Higher Education: Check it out here!
Encourage Students to Apply for CCME (Council of College and Military Educators) Scholarships: Click here to read more about CCME’s $1,000 scholarships for military-connected students. Applications are due November 1, 2017.
Michigan Veterans Education Initiative (MVEI) Comes to a Close: Read a review of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) and Michigan College Access Network’s (MVAA) successful grant-funded MVEI project that came to a close in May 2017. CMVE congratulates all participating institutions as well as its partners at MCAN and MVAA on a job well done with this project!
New Reports Shed Light on Military Community and Efficacy of Military Educational Benefits: The Demographic Profile of the Military Community is published annually by the Department of Defense (DoD) with support from the Defense Manpower Data Center. The 2015 Report was recently released and includes an expanse of interesting data on the status of the American military force, including the educational attainment of our active duty personnel (only 7.6% have earned a bachelor’s or higher). In addition to this demographic report, the RAND Corporation’s National Defense Research Institute has released a report examining the two largest education benefits, VA’s Post-9/11 GI Bill and DoD’s Tuition Assistance programs. This report gives comparisons between these benefits, including their effects on both military recruitment and outcomes for students. Among other findings, a major theme emerging from this report is the nuanced complexity of these benefits and overall lack of understanding of navigating these complexities among veterans and service members.