Veterans & Service Members

AACRAO recognizes and honors the sacrifices these men and women have made and its members are proud to assist them and meet their educational needs. Veterans and students on active military duty and their families face special circumstances and challenges.

Changes in federal statute and executive actions have greatly promoted the expansion of services toward veterans and their families. Since the Post-9/11 GI Bill was passed in 2009, close to 1 million veterans, service members, and eligible dependents have taken advantage of the educational benefits available to them. With the passage of more recent legislation, such as the Forever GI Bill in 2017 and the Isakson Roe and THRIVE Acts in 2021, there will be significant changes to military education benefits over the coming years.


Latest Actions

AACRAO recently hosted a webinar to discuss the implementation of veteran legislation passed in December 2020, also known as the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act. This law will have a transformative effect on the mission of Education Service to provide ready access to, and timely and accurate delivery of, education benefits to Veterans, Service members, and their families, as well as further enable the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to empower GI Bill beneficiaries to achieve their vocational and career goals.

Other recent legislation introduced in both the House and Senate include important provisions to help ensure veterans can continue to receive their education benefits as well as technical corrections to the legislation passed last year.




Spotlight Roundup: Transitioning active combat vets; MOOCs; College readiness; Trends in GPA and credit calculations

Aug 27, 2013, 18:10 PM
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spotlight on chairAACRAO Spotlight interviews are published twice weekly before major professional development meetings. They feature our conversations with industry experts, highlighting key issues and promoting their sessions and workshops at the upcoming conference.

Below you'll find brief summaries of four recent Q-and-As with a link to the full interview.

AACRAO talks with researchers studying student experiences of active combat veterans

Zachary Hayes, Rodney Parks, and Reta W. Pikowsky will be presenting their research on the unique experiences of veterans as they reintegrate back into a traditional university setting after serving in an active combat zone.

They highlight three basic themes: the challenges of reintegration into traditional institutions; issues pertaining to normalization; and cultural expectations once these students return.

Read the full interview here.

AACRAO talks with Technology Conference Director Mark McConahay on MOOCs

“I think of the MOOC as ‘out of the bag.’ The idea of having this opportunity for academic enrichment available through ubiquitous means that almost anyone on earth can get a hold of is here to stay,” says Technology Conference Director Mark McConahay.

McConahay and his co-presenter Tom Black offer insight on “massive online open courses,” one of the hottest and most controversial disruptive forces in higher education today. They explore the possible implications of MOOCs for business models, assessment, and identity management in a brave new world of higher education experimentation.

Read the full interview here.

AACRAO talks with Allison Jones about PARCC and new college-readiness standards

Allison Jones thinks it’s likely that some predictions about new college-readiness standards are going to catch the admissions and records communities off guard.

“Admissions and records administrators involved in planning to schedule sufficient numbers of classes to meet the increasing demand may be surprised at the increase in the number of students who require remediation," he says.

Jones, Vice President for Postsecondary Collaboration at Achieve, is leading the higher education engagement strategy for the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).

Read the full interview here.

AACRAO talks with Kristi Wold-McCormick and Ed Lee about trends and challenges in GPA and credit calculations

Real-world decisions about GPA calculations, SAP, and other crediting and transcript policies don’t happen in a vacuum. These decisions are made in a context that requires registrars to be in step with other institutions, responsible to the larger higher education community, and respectful of individual students’ experience.

That’s why Kristi Wold-McCormick, registrar at North Dakota State University, and Ed Lee, associate registrar at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, are leading their panel “Trends and Challenges in GPA and Credit Calculations” in an open discussion format—to allow professionals to get a sense of their colleagues' consensus on a variety of issues impacting the profession.

Read the full interview here.


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