CMVE Briefings

8.24.17 CMVE Briefing – Travel Stipend Applications Available for CMVE Conference Activities!

CMVE Updates:
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: Please send any discussion or questions to Phil (

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.

6.30.17 CMVE Briefing – Happy (Almost) Independence Day!

CMVE Updates:

Last call – Publication Update Deadline Extended to July 10: Thanks for all the updates I’ve received so far to the general CMVE informational publication. A reminder to get in touch if you haven’t yet with any institutional updates for a new, streamlined publication planned for print soon (click here to access the old file and see what’s currently on file for your institution). Please respond to me directly (do not just reply to the listserv) with any updates to the following: the logo currently representing your institution on the map; the best website to include for your institution on the back-side listing – you can use the general website or update to a veteran-specific site if you wish; just keep in mind this will be in print verbatim, not hyperlinked; and any updates to the web-based POC listing (remember, this should be the best person on your campus to help a prospective new student veteran with questions, about benefits or otherwise) found here:

Reminder – CMVE Member Survey Open Until July 19: Your responses to the annual member survey help the CMVE Steering Committee plan for future activities. This year’s brief member survey can be completed online (at: and your thoughtful responses before close of business on July 19, 2017 are appreciated!

MI-litary Equivalency Project Updates:

DSST Webinar Posted
: View the slide deck from A Closer Look at DSST Exams here. The recording of this webinar can be accessed here.

Campus Planning Seminar Inspires Action: CMVE’s MI-litary Equivalency Project hosted 40 educators at its recent Campus Planning Seminar on June 2. The Seminar was held at Jackson College with participation from 12 community colleges, 6 public universities and 4 independent colleges, along with guests from several related organizations. Participants are encouraged to share their experience with campus colleagues and mobilize faculty to participate in direct credit mapping exercises at the Military Credit Mapping Summit: Healthcare & Beyond planned for September 26, 2017. Resources from this event are posted on the MEP website and linked directly below:

MI-litary Equivalency Project Featured at American Legion National Credentialing Roundtable: MCSS’s Director of Veteran and Transfer Initiatives, Katie Giardello, had the opportunity to share progress on Michigan’s MI-litary Equivalency Project during this American Legion convening on June 28 in Washington, D.C. The second in its 2017 Credentialing series, this event focused on healthcare and included overviews of several initiatives around the country geared toward veteran success. These meetings coincide with their February 2017 report, The State of Credentialing of Service Members and Veterans.

Other Items of Interest:

New Directions for Institutional Research Features Student Veterans: The June 2017 report from the  Association of Institutional Researchers (AIR) covers a history of student veterans and various legislation over the years, models of student veteran experiences, coding and data collection, and finally the impact of institutional research. Take a look at this good stuff and share with your IR friends!

Recent MCMC Webinars Archived:

  • Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center – An Overview
    Slides |  Webcast
  • Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Degree Network System Rebooted
    Slides |  Webcast

Lumina Foundation Joins with Army University to Host Education Symposium: On June 20-21, Army University along with Lumina Foundation and the Competency-Based Education Network hosted a symposium for invited guests, A Competency-Based Approach to Talent: Connecting Military, Higher Education, and Workplace Learning.

5.22.17 CMVE Briefing – Lots of Updates & Resources to Share!

CMVE Updates:

Reminder: Submit a Session Proposal for CMVE’s 5th Annual Conference on September 27, 2017

Fitting the theme of Serving Veterans in  the Classroom, a call for session proposals is open online until June 30, 2017. While members are welcome to submit on any topics, suggested topics to consider include: Military Culture Overview; GI Bill Certifying – Advanced SCO Discussion Session; Collaborative Efforts on Campus to See Military Experience Awarded Direct Transfer Credit; Resources for Veterans in Transition – Community, State, Federal; Career Searching for Veterans in Transition … and your other great ideas! In addition to the general CMVE membership, we’re hoping this program appeals to faculty for their development around student veteran success strategies. Please help us spread the word to save-the-date for this program scheduled for 10AM-4PM in Lansing, MI on September 27, 2017.


MI-litary Equivalency Project Updates:

Catch up with the latest on this project by:

  • Attending the upcoming Military Credit Campus Planning Seminar at Jackson College from 10AM-3PM on June 2 for technical assistance in building institutional strategy and campus capacity toward improved efficiencies in addressing military credit. Please click the links to: review more details on what to expect at this event, see the confirmed agenda, and register here at no cost before Monday, May 29 at 5PM.
  • Registering for May 25 webinar @ 10AM A Closer Look at DSST Exams, featuring Ashley Willnecker, Product Manager, Prometric, who will share more about the changes DSST has seen since Prometric acquired the exams in 2006, tips in defining transfer equivalencies for DSST exams, and considerations for becoming a DANTES fully-funded test center to maximize support for military-connected students.
  • Reviewing the webinar recording and documents on the MEP website on examples of two colleges who are awarding academic credit for military experience from the JST.


Voc. Rehab & Employment (Chapter 31) VA Benefit – A Boon for Student Veterans Materials Available
The recording of this webinar can be found here.
Other materials from presenter Melissa Spaulding are linked below:

Other Items of Interest:

AASCU’s Servicemember Opportunity Colleges (SOC) CTE Program Seeks Applications, Due June 12

SOC, a partnership between the Department of Defense (DoD) and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), has issued a call for Career and Technical Education (CTE) program applications. The application period is now open for certificate programs in the following CTE Career Clusters: business management and administration; health sciences; information technology; law, public safety, corrections, and security; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; transportation, distribution, and logistics. The deadline is June 12, 2017 and applications may be submitted online. Questions can be directed to Sonja Ferguson, SOC CTE Program Coordinator.


MCMC (Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit) Updates:

4.11.17 CMVE Briefing – Announcing Conference Keynote and Call for Session Proposals

5th Annual CMVE Conference – Keynote and Calls for Concurrent Session Proposals Announced

Bryan Anderson, an accomplished professional with robust military and civilian careers, will keynote the 5th annual CMVE Conference on September 27, 2017 in downtown Lansing. He earned a Purple Heart for his service in Iraq and will enlighten conference guests with the story of how he was injured by an IED (improvised explosive device) in 2005, his rehabilitation at Walter Reed Medical Center, and his continued determination to enjoy life to the fullest. Bryan’s keynote remarks on the perseverance of today’s veterans will set the tone for additional programming focused on this year’s theme: Serving Veterans in the Classroom meant to help educators in and out of the classroom maximize the academic success of their student veterans. Fitting this theme, a call for session proposals is open until June 30, 2017.


Mark Your Calendars to Join us for These Upcoming Virtual Learning Programs

  • April 21, 2017 @ 10-11AM – Exploring Campus Workflows Around Awarding Direct Credit for JST, featuring Community College of Baltimore County and the University of West Georgia. Participants will learn how CCBC expanded PLA opportunities for their increasingly non-traditional population, including military-connected students. UWG will share the processes they used to define more streamlined workflows for awarding direct credit for JST. All webinar participants will receive supporting documents that both institutions are sharing freely to inform similar document development at interested campuses. Click here to register.
  • May 9, 2017 @ 1PMVocational Rehabilitation & Employment (Chapter 31) VA Benefit – A Boon for Student Veterans, featuring Melissa Spaulding, VetSuccess on Campus Counselor, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs,  VR&E. Come learn more about this hidden gem that is a tremendous VA benefit option many veterans are less aware of than the GI Bill. Click here to register.
  • May 25, 2017 @ 10AMA Closer Look at DSST Exams, featuring Ashley Willnecker, Product Manager, Prometric. Ashley will share more about the changes DSST has seen since Prometric acquired the exams in 2006, tips in defining transfer equivalencies for DSST exams, and considerations for becoming a DANTES fully-funded test center to maximize support for military-connected students.  Click here to register.


That’s a Wrap – Successful 2017 Spring Workshop Series  
Although an unexpected snowstorm in Marquette today caused the final event to be canceled, CMVE’s 2017 Spring Workshop Series saw engagement from nearly 100 professionals from around the state sharing ideas and best practices for maximizing student veteran success. The presentation materials from these events are posted online for your reference. If you attended a local workshop and haven’t shared your feedback yet, please complete the brief online evaluation survey.


Attached Documents/Resources (Click titles below to review documents)

  • VET SUCCESS INFO FOR SCHOOLS – Many campuses have expressed interest in VA’s VetSuccess on Campus program supported by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) unit that places VSOC Counselors on campuses to help veterans meet their post-military educational and employment goals. Please see the attached fact sheet for more details on pursuing this partnership with VA on your campus and consider joining us at the webinar mentioned above to learn more about VR&E benefits available to student veterans.
  • The Journal of College Admission Feature: Five Ways to Support Veteran Transfer Students – Please see the attached feature from the Spring Issue of NACAC’s (the National Association for College Admission Counseling) Journal of College Admission with a feature on supporting student veterans that draws attention to the good work being done in Michigan and throughout the Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit (MCMC) on supporting student veteran transfers.

3.2.2017 CMVE Briefing – Several Exciting Event Announcements!

CMVE Meet-Up at CCME Conference March 6-9, 2017 in Atlanta, GA

If you’re attending next week’s CCME Conference in Atlanta, GA, please let me know and we can try to put together a Michigan meet-up! I’m pleased to be able to attend this conference and share more about CMVE’s great work, including its MI-litary Equivalency Project, during one of the concurrent session offerings!



We Hope to See You at the Spring Regional Workshops – Please register NOW!

CMVE’s spring regional workshop series kicks off March 20 at Oakland University. Registration numbers at all events are low. Please register here now if you plan to join us!


Save-The-Date: CMVE’s 5th Annual Conference
(& Volunteer for the Conference Planning Committee!)

Pencil it in! CMVE’s 5th Annual Conference is scheduled for September 27, 2017 in Lansing, MI. Julie Lavender, Kirtland Community College, is serving as the 2017 Conference Chair and is assembling a small workgroup to help plan the conference, including vetting potential speakers, reviewing conference proposals, etc. Please contact Julie directly to serve on this working group.


MI-litary Equivalency Project Campus Workgroup Seminar
June 2, 2017, 10AM-3PM @ Jackson College

Your MEP Campus Workgroup is invited to participate in this seminar to learn how to more effectively map ACE credit recommendations from the Joint Services Transcript (JST) as direct transfer credit aligned with your institution’s catalog. This hands-on event will feature staff from ACE showcasing promising practices in using ACE tools to facilitate a more streamlined credit mapping process on your campus, offer examples from other institutions, and provide campus workgroup planning time to develop priority areas for moving your work forward. Read more about the event here and click here to register.


Upcoming Webinars You May Be Interested In:

  • 3/16/17 @ 11AM; MI National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program (MINSTAP), featuring Kathy Enderle, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) and presented by the Student Financial Services Bureau of the Michigan Department of Treasury. This webinar will walk through many of the functions and tools available in the University Portal of the web based State Tuition Assistance Program application. Join us to learn more about the Michigan National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program and help assist us in our efforts to recruit and retain the best and the brightest. Click here to register.


  • 3/24/17 @ 2PM; The Student Veteran Certification Re-Engineering Partnership, featuring Doug Falk, Chief Information Officer, National Student Clearinghouse. Learn how this collaborative project can benefit your campus’ data collection on student sevicemembers and veterans and help you monitor impact of programs at your institution.  Hear about ways in which you can express your support for this project and be included in beta testing. Click here to register.


  • 3/30/17 @ 2PM; JST Stakeholders Forum. Calling all colleges/universities, service representatives, and key JST program users and stakeholders: You are invited to participate in the JST Stakeholders Forum,  a free webinar event facilitated by the American Council on Education (ACE). The Forum will be an interactive meeting. The JST Operations team will provide updates and vet potential changes to the JST. Your engagement is critical to improve operational excellence, build support to institutions, and to provide service members and veterans with the best military transcript. Click here to register.


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2.8.17 CMVE Briefing – Conference meet-ups and webinars galore!

CMVE Meet-Ups at Upcoming Conferences
NASPA Symposium on Military-Connected Students, Feb. 9-11, 2017, Washington, D.C.
CMVE members who are attending this conference (yes it starts tomorrow!!) should let me know so I can find a good place for a Michigan meet-up during one of the social hours if you’re interested. Some folks from MI are also planning to attend one of the dinner and dialogue sessions on Friday evening, Feb. 10. If you’re interested in joining one of these groups, Dinner Group #2 at Farmers and Distillers was recommended for a potential Michigan meet-up. You can sign up here if interested. (I have a conflicting commitment and won’t be able to join you all for dinner Friday evening.)

CCME (Council of College and Military Educators) Annual Symposium, March 6-9, 2017, Atlanta, GA
Let’s try to meet up if you’re attending! I’ll be there and I know several others from the CMVE network are attending. Please respond via email if you’d like to try and do a Michigan meet-up during one of the open lunch sessions and I can coordinate details for the group.

CMVE Webinar:

Warrior Scholars Program in Michigan – 2/20 at 11AM
The Warrior Scholars Program is a free week-long intensive college prep course designed to: facilitate veterans’ transition from the military to college and prepare student veterans to become academically successful leaders on a college campus. The attached flyer shares more details about this national program, including information about student eligibility and how to apply. Even better, the staff who operate the WSP program out of the University of Michigan will join us for a webinar sharing more details and answering CMVE members’ questions about the program on Monday, February 20, 2017 at 11AM. Click here to register and feel free to pass along to your students or other veteran advocates who may be interested in more details on this program.

MCMC Webinars:

The Ins and Outs of ACE Evaluations – 2/14 at 2PM
MCMC’s Articulation of Academic Credit Workgroup, co-chaired by yours truly, is hosting this webinar for continued learning on the ACE military evaluation and credit recommendation process. This will include some similar information to what was discussed during CMVE’s MI-litary Equivalency Project ACE webinar a few weeks ago (the recording link to that event is not yet available, by the way) but will be another good opportunity to better understand this process. Michele Spires, Director of Military Programs at the American Council on Education and Tracy Moshier, faculty member at Lake Superior College in Duluth, MN, and ACE faculty reviewer, will walk you through the process and equip you with what you need to know. Click here to register.

The NSC Student Veteran Certification Re-Engineering Project Update – 3/24 at 2PM
MCMC’s Data, Technology, and Systems Workgroup is hosting this webinar and will be joined by Doug Falk, CIO at the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), so institutions can learn how the Veterans Compliance Reporting Re-Engineering Project can benefit your campus’ data collection on student sevicemembers and veterans and help you monitor impact of programs at your institution.  Hear about ways in which you can express your support for this project and be included in beta testing. (Some of you saw Doug present on this at CMVE’s conference. He will share updates on the progress and take questions, too.) Click here to register.

New DoD Voluntary Education Institutional Compliance Program (ICP)

By signing the DoD MOU, each of your campus’s has agreed to abide by a set of behaviors, processes, and policies – all focused on improving services delivered to military-connected students.  These will be the focus of the new DoD Voluntary Education ICP. The DoD anticipates that Voluntary Education’s new ICP will usher in an era of cooperation and shared values in support of the professional and personal development and the eventual successful transition of Service members to the civilian workforce.  In the coming months, DoD will communicate with all stakeholders, especially our valued educational institutions, to facilitate a clear understanding of the compliance factors that are most important to the DoD and the standardized, consistent review and assessment methodologies that will be employed. Also, because so many educational institutions participate in the annual symposium for the Council of College and Military Educators, DoD plans to preview the Department’s new Voluntary Education ICP during a general session of the symposium in Atlanta, Georgia, on Wednesday, March 8, 2017.  Session participants will learn how the ICP was developed and receive an overview of ICP requirements that will apply to all educational institutions participating in the DoD Voluntary Education Program.  The session will also provide an opportunity to ask questions and address concerns.

RAND Report on Helping Soldiers Leverage Army Skills in Civilian Jobs
The 2017 report by the RAND Corporation focuses on the results of occupation surveys given to soldiers in designated Army military occupational specialties (MOSs) to assess the level and importance of the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed in these MOSs and to develop better crosswalks between military and civilian occupations. The report identifies a larger range of military-civilian occupation matches and higher-quality matches than currently existing crosswalks. DOWNLOAD the full report and research synopsis.

1.23.17 CMVE Briefing – New Veteran Advocate and Registration Station!

Veteran Advocate – A Checklist for Incoming Student Veterans
Thanks to Will Emerson (UM-Dearborn) for his work on the latest edition of CMVE’s Veteran Advocate! Click here to review this publication online. This edition offers suggestions for an efficient enrollment checklist for military-connected students. Please also feel free to send your examples of enrollment checklists to Katie for inclusion on this resource page offering examples from around the state that may be helpful to both prospective students and your colleagues who serve veterans.

Registration Station – Click below to register for these upcoming CMVE events:

  • Webinar on THURSDAY – The ACE Review Process- Insights from Michigan Faculty (January 26 from 1-2pm): Two ACE faculty reviewers from Michigan will share their involvement in the American Council on Education (ACE) credit recommendations that appear on the Joint Services Transcript, along with suggestions on how to effectively map credit recommendations to institutional catalogs. Click here to register.
  • Webinar in TWO WEEKS – Student Veterans – In Their Own Words (February 7 from 10-11am): This webinar features two authors – David Chrisinger (University of Wisconsin) and Joe Grimm (Michigan State University).  They will discuss findings from their student interviews on the student veteran experience as well as suggestions for using writing assignments with veterans in classroom settings. Click here to register.
  • 2017 Spring Regional Workshops, Scaling Veteran Success Strategies to Your Campus Resources CMVE’s 2nd annual spring regional workshop series will feature a speaker from Operation College Promise, a national policy, research, and education program supporting military-affiliated students in postsecondary education. Click the links below to register and pass along the workshop flyer to encourage your colleagues to attend, too!
    • March 20, 2017 from 10am-2pm at Oakland University. Click here to register.
    • March 21, 2017 from 10am-2pm at Grand Valley State University. Click here to register.
    • March 22, 2017 from 10am-2pm at Michigan State University. Click here to register.
    • April 10, 2017 from 10am-2pm at North Central Michigan College. Click here to register.
    • April 11, 2017 from 10am-2pm at Northern Michigan University. Click here to register.


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