Track veteran-specific data and use it to help develop policies, programs, and services.
One of the most critical pieces in becoming a more veteran-supportive campus is being able to track and measure progress. Progress is a measurement of efficiency, and is needed in order to justify an increase, and/or sustain, in the allocation of resources. Without the ability to objectively analyze programs designed for veterans and/or military families the institution won’t be able to determine if their efforts are having an impact. Therefore, it is essential that institutions analyze what type of data is currently being collected and then determine if they need to add additional areas that are being tracked.
Key Pieces of Data to be Tracked
- Total number of veterans currently enrolled in courses
- Total number of veterans collecting education benefits
- Total number of military family members currently enrolled in courses
- Total number of military family members collecting education benefits
- Number of veterans enrolled in each academic program
- Total number of military family members enrolled in each academic program
- Total number of veterans accessing different academic resources and services (disability services, tutoring services, writing center, counseling services, etc.)
- Retention rates for veterans and military family members
- Graduation rates for veterans and military family members
King County Institutions Implementing Practice
Divers Institute of Seattle, Green River Community College, Highline Community College, Renton Technical College.
From Timm Lovitt's Promising Best Practices: Veteran-Supportive Institutions of Higher Education in King County (Veterans Training Support Center, 2013). See the full report: download pdf, 99 pages
Project provided by King County Veterans and Human Services Levy
and the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.