CMVE Briefings

1.24.18 CMVE Briefing – Connect with CMVE members in an upcoming webinar or virtual meeting!

CMVE Updates:

Upcoming Virtual Meetings – Join us!

  • TOMORROW Jan. 25 @ 2-3PM: Institutional Research for Military Connected Student Success. MHEC’s Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit is hosting this session which brings together institutional research and veterans affairs professionals to explore related data collection, analysis, and use. Panelists will share state institutional examples of promising practices in measuring military connected student outcomes. Click here to register and send along to your data friends on campus!
  • NEXT THURSDAY Feb. 1 @ 12-1PM: Veterans in Financial Transition Virtual Lunch & Learn. CMVE’s SVA/Student Support knowledge community is hosting this lunch and learn session that will feature Gabe Barthlow, Accredited Financial Counselor with the Armed Forces Services Corporation (AFSC), will share a brief presentation of resources available to veterans in financial transition and then be available for Q & A on questions you or your students may have. Be sure to add this to your schedule and plan to join us live at noon on 2/1 at
  • NEXT FRIDAY Feb. 2 @ 10:30-11:30AM: Preparing College Personnel to Serve Student Veterans. The Michigan Student Success Virtual Network meeting is featuring a series of virtual meetings featuring FREE tools to support student success. This session will feature an overview of Kognito’s Veterans on Campus interactive online training module geared toward improving military cultural competencies across campus as well as an opportunity for participants to complete the 25-30 minute training on their personal computers.  The Consortium of Michigan Veterans Educators is hosting a challenge grant and college personnel who complete the training module will help their campus earn a $500 challenge grant.  Invite your colleagues to join you in registering for this session here!


CMVE Travel Grants
There are still travel grants available for anyone planning to attend NASPA or CCME. Click here to apply ASAP.

Michigan Student Veteran Leadership Brigade Formed – Need Add’l Student Support
We still need a few more student veterans to participate on the planning committee for the student veteran leadership symposium tentatively scheduled for Saturday June 2, 2018. Interested students should click here to apply before the end of the week!


Other items of interest:

Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit Annual Meeting – May 3-4, 2018
Click here for more details, including information about registration. 

SVA NatCon Presentation Materials Now Available
Click here to check out the impressive materials from the recent national SVA conference.

You’re Invited: Army Careers and Education Symposium (ACES)
When: April 6, 2018 – 9am-3pm
Breakfast and lunch provided)

Where: Lansing Community College, West Campus

Why: Discuss Army careers, benefits, opportunities
Click here to view the invitation and RSVP!

The U.S. Army Recruiting Command (Great Lakes Battalion) is responsible for recruiting qualified men and women to serve in Active Duty and the Reserves in the state of Michigan. They have 32 recruiting centers with over 240 recruiters that work in secondary and post-secondary schools across the state. The Great Lakes Battalion will host a 5 hour training event for educators, administrators and community partners on April 6, 2018 from 10am-3pm at Lansing Community College (West Campus). The intent of this training to educate our administrators, educators, and community partners about the benefits, training, jobs and lifestyle the Army offers.

We hope to break down stereotypes that exist about the Army and demonstrate how the Army is an organization that values training and education. We will show that the Army offers training and jobs that translate very well to the civilian sector – with competitive pay and outstanding benefits. The Army is much more than guns and tanks. We have cyber/computer science, veterinarian and medical services, police, engineering, and intelligence (to name a few fields).

The point of contact for RSVP and questions about this event is Mrs. Sara Horace at 517-200-8457.

1.10.18 CMVE Briefing – Time-sensitive CMVE opportunities in the New Year!

CMVE Updates:

CMVE Academic Credit Knowledge Community Virtual Meeting Today (1/10) at 9
Anyone interested is welcome to join us for this virtual meeting that will cover a review of MI-litary Equivalency Project activities to-date, offer a quick tour of online resources available for institutional use, and get perspectives from Michigan Transfer Steering Committee members Dennis Bertch, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, and Deedee Stakley, Ferris State University. During this meeting, participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions, discuss barriers faced in moving this work forward on your campuses, and share ideas for collaborative opportunities to more effectively award credit for military training throughout Michigan. Click here to join the virtual meeting today from 9-10AM. No registration is required.

Travel Grants Available for Upcoming CCME and NASPA Conferences – Apply now!
CMVE is pleased to be able to offer additional $750 travel grants on a first-come, first-served basis for two quickly approaching conferences. The NASPA Symposium on Military-Connected Students takes place February 15-17, 2018 in New Orleans, LA. Click here for more details about registration. The deadline to register is 1/19. The Council of College and Military Educators (CCME) Symposium takes place March 26-29, 2018 in San Diego, CA. This year’s theme is “Navigating Change: Transforming Challenges into Opportunities in Military & Veteran Education”. Click here for details on pricing and to register. Early bird deadline is 1/15. Click here to apply for this grant. Since the deadlines are fast-approaching, these will be awarded on a rolling first-come, first-served basis through the posted conference deadlines.

Student Veteran Leadership Brigade Applications Due 1/19/18
CMVE is excited to be partnering with the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) and Student Veterans of America (SVA) on a Leadership Symposium planned for student veterans by student veterans in Spring 2018. We are looking for students interested in working on the planning committee, that we’re calling our 2018 student veteran leadership brigade, for this event. Please encourage student veterans on your campus to apply for this opportunity by submitting this online application before the priority deadline of January 19, 2018.

Other Items of Interest:
Webinar: Institutional Research for Military-Connected Student Success – 1/25/18 @ 2PM
MHEC’S Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit (MCMC) will offer a webinar on Thursday, January 25, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. ET, in collaboration with the Association of Institutional Research next month. The webinar: Institutional Research for Military Connected Student Success will highlight the increased interest in higher education to measure the success of veterans and other military connected students. Institutional research professionals are encouraged to attend. Register today!

Follow AACRAO’s Veterans Reporting & Support Page
AACRAO has convened a work group to study implications of the Forever GI Bill and will push out notices and updates to their members and through a resource page you may want to bookmark!

12.20.17 CMVE Briefing – Looking Ahead to a Happy New Year!

CMVE Updates:

Academic Credit Knowledge Community Virtual Meeting – 1/10/18 @9AM

Dr. Julie Lavender, Kirtland Community College/CMVE’s Chair for Academic Credit, is convening a virtual meeting for all interested parties to join a conversation of the CMVE academic credit knowledge community that will: review archived materials and on-demand resources from the MI-litary Equivalency Project; offer perspectives from Transfer Steering Committee Liaisons, Dr. Deedee Stakley, Ferris State University, and Dennis Bertch, Kalamazoo Valley Community College; and open dialogue about lingering issues and potential opportunities  to increase military credit awards in Michigan. Add the meeting to your calendar and plan to join us virtually at this link:


2018 Conference Will Take Place at Western Michigan University September 20-21

The CMVE Steering Committee is excited to head to Kalamazoo and grateful to WMU for hosting the CMVE’s 6th annual conference scheduled for September 20-21, 2018 with the theme of Beyond the Veterans Lounge. Please save the date and begin thinking about potential discussion session topics you could present on along the theme so you’re ready when the call for proposals is released next year!


CMVE Outreach Materials Available

Thanks for everyone’s work in updating the information on CMVE’s most recent marketing publication. You can access the new publication digitally here. It looks great in-person, too! These cardstock flyers and CMVE-branded pens are available to your institution for stock in any pertinent student services offices, veterans lounge, or your dissemination during any military recruitment events you might attend. Please contact Katie Giardello with the quantity desired and address for delivery and I will mail the materials to your campuses as-needed.


Other Items of Interest:

Webinar: Institutional Research for Military-Connected Student Success – 1/25/18 @ 2PM

MHEC’S Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit (MCMC) will offer a webinar on Thursday, January 25, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. ET, in collaboration with the Association of Institutional Research next month. The webinar: Institutional Research for Military Connected Student Success will highlight the increased interest in higher education to measure the success of veterans and other military connected students. Institutional research professionals are encouraged to attend. Register today!


Forever GI Bill Effective Dates & Implications for SCOs

Click here to review a helpful document with effective dates for the Forever GI Bill (FGIB). Don’t forget, the FGIB webinar MHECC held back on September 21st  can be accessed at Please also see the email from Kara Fields that summarizes changes coming in 2018, notably: Reporting fees increased to $16 per GI Bill user, effective 8/1/2018; Schools with 100+ GI Bill users will be required to: Establish a specific account for tracking of reporting fees and spending, Ensure the reporting fees are only used for GI Bill certification or supporting programs, Requires all qualified schools to ensure their SCO’s are trained per the SAA/VA requirements (any school with 20+ GI Bill users and a School Certifying Official (SCO) with a primary role of certification), SVA/VA requirement for training will be set up by 8/1/2018, Failure to comply could impact program approval for GI Bill benefits.


U.S. Army Great Lakes Recruiting Battalion Army Careers and Education Symposium (ACES)– 4/6/18

The U.S. Army Recruiting Command (Great Lakes Battalion) will host a 5 hour training event for educators, administrators and community partners on April 6, 2018 from 10am-3pm at Lansing Community College (West Campus). The intent of this training is to educate these partners on the benefits, training, jobs and lifestyle the Army offers. We hope to break down stereotypes and demonstrate how the Army values training and education. We will show that the Army offers training and jobs that translate well to the civilian sector – with competitive pay and outstanding benefits. The point of contact for RSVP and questions about this event is Mrs. Sara Horace at 517-200-8457. She will send out an official invitation in Jan 2018. Email her today to get on the invitation list.


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.

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