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.


University of Arizona Acquires Ashford University

Aug 5, 2020, 19:33 PM
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Summary : U. of Arizona paid $1 to acquire for-profit, online Ashford. With the acquisition, the institution will establish a new, independent nonprofit entity called University of Arizona Global Campus.
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The University of Arizona paid $1 to acquire Ashford University, a for-profit, online institution, reports The Chronicle of Higher Education. With the acquisition, the university will establish a new nonprofit entity called University of Arizona Global Campus that will operate independently under its own board of directors and president.

Ashford has 35,000 students, and 87 percent of its undergraduates are older than 25, the Chronicle reported. Approximately the same proportion of Arizona's 35,000 students are under 24.

Together, Arizona and Ashford have 140 online programs, and about 15 overlap. Ashford's programs focus primarily on work-force development.

A few years ago, the Chronicle investigated Ashford for avoiding California's regulatory oversight of eligibility of G.I. Bill money by designating the state of Arizona as its headquarters. The Department of Veterans Affairs stepped in, and when Ashford was required to request approval from California, the state rejected the bid.

A 2019 accreditation of Ashford by WASC Senior College and University Commission gave a "notice of concern" about persistence and graduation rates of students.

Arizona is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Arizona Global Campus will seek accreditation from the WASC.

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The Chronicle of Higher Education

Heather Zimar
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  • Accreditation
  • Advocacy
  • Industry News
  • Online and Distance Learning
  • Veterans and Service Members
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  • Federal Regulations
  • for-profit colleges
  • gi bill
  • graduation rates
  • Student persistence
  • workforce education
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