CMVE Briefings

11.10.17 CMVE Briefing – Happy Veteran’s Day (and HBD Marine Corps!)!

Inspirational  Veteran’s Day Activities on Campuses Throughout the State
It has been inspiriting to see and hear about all of the incredible activities and events honoring veterans on CMVE campuses around the state this week! On Veteran’s Day, and always, we salute our state’s veterans and all of you who work diligently to serve them in higher education. Thank you ALL for your tremendous service! (And, for the Marines out there, Happy Birthday today!)

Kognito Challenge Grant Early Awards
It was exciting to award $500 Kognito Challenge Grants this week to Mid Michigan Community College, University of Michigan – Flint, and Kirtland Community College! Remember, you can check your campus’s progress on CMVE’s website and Katie will be in touch when your target is reached to initiate your receipt of the grant award. 

New Steering Committee Member
Eric Wuestenberg’s recent nomination to serve on the CMVE Steering Committee as Chair of the SVA/Student Support Knowledge Community was approved and Eric will begin serving in his new role immediately. Eric is a United States Air Force Veteran and currently serves as Coordinator for Veterans Support Services at Oakland University.

CMVE Featured in Rural Monitor
The CMVE organization and one of our own student veterans from Kirtland Community College were featured in October 2017’s Rural Monitor article Organizations Help Veterans Transition into Healthcare Careers.

Michigan Meet-Up Planned for SVA National Conference in San Antonio, TX
I am looking at planning a Michigan meet-up during the upcoming Student Veterans of America (SVA) National Conference. Please let me know if you are planning to attend the conference so I can add you to my distribution list for more details on the event as they become available.

10.9.17 CMVE Briefing – Conference Follow Up & Register for Upcoming Webinars!

CMVE Updates

Upcoming CMVE Webinars – Register Now!

10/25/17 at 1PM – Maximizing Kognito’s Veterans on Campus Use in Michigan: Several CMVE members and our Kognito liaison will share updates to the tool, evidence of utility from pre- and post-survey results of Michigan users, and ideas to encourage usage on your campus. Click here to register.

11/8/17 at 10AM – Veterans Nursing Pathways in Michigan – Exploring Options with MD Colleagues: Join our colleagues from Anne Arundel Community College and American Public University to learn about a unique multi-institutional veterans nursing transfer agreement. After, open dialogue with other healthcare educators in Michigan will explore possibilities for similar collaborative efforts.  Click here to register.

CMVE Conference – A Collaborative Success!
Thanks to all who joined us for CMVE’s 5th annual conference for two excellent days of learning and sharing on Serving Veterans in the Classroom! Please visit the 2017 conference website to access all archived materials from the Pre-Conference Military Credit Mapping Summit on 9/26 and the 5th Annual Conference on 9/27. If you haven’t yet, please click here for a quick survey to evaluate the pre-conference program and click here to evaluate the conference program (also brief – I promise!). Your feedback on the programming as well as preferred dates for the 2018 conference are helpful.

MI-litary Equivalency Project – What’s Next?
The Pre-Conference Military Credit Mapping Summit on 9/26 was the capstone event of CMVE’s MI-litary Equivalency Project. All materials from the program are on the 2017 conference website. In addition to the presentation materials, all CMVE members are invited to access and utilize all materials posted as digital resources to continue building direct transfer equivalencies for ACE credit recommendations found on the Joint Services Transcript (JST). To continue the momentum of the MI-litary Equivalency Project, CMVE’s Academic Credit Knowledge Community will sponsor webinars (see above re: November 8th webinar!) and  targeted dialogue to foster continued campus action around building military equivalencies at the institutional level. Along these lines, if any CMVE members have an interest in working on a presentation around inputting military equivalencies into institutional transfer databases, please contact Katie Giardello for more information.


Other Items of Interest

Updated VRE Contact List

Please see the updated list of CH31 counselors and Voc Rehab contacts from Melissa Spaulding, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs posted here.

Great Lakes Army Educator & Community Partners Tour – June 18-21, 2018
The U.S. Army Great Lakes Recruiting Battalion is hosting their annual educator tour June 18-21, 2018 in Fort Leonard Wood, MO. The intent of these tours is to provide educators a comprehensive, first-hand look at the education, training, benefits and family support offered by the U.S. Army. The Army provides airfare and travel, private hotel accommodations, and reimbursement for mileage and per diem allowances. Please contact Sara Horace ( for more information or to register before the April 30, 2018 deadline.

MCMC Forever GI Bill Webcast Posted

MCMC’s 9/21/17 webinar Forever GI Bill – Your Questions Answered featuring Student Veterans of America was helpful in understanding the changes associated with the new Forever GI Bill. Click here to review: Slides | Webcast. SVA’s Section-By-Section Analysis of the Forever GI Bill is also a good source of information.

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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