VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY
This planning grant is to create a process that will shorten the time to degree in Engineering at the bachelor?s level and to improve retention and success for Post 9/11 Veterans. The School of Engineering will design a system for evaluating military training, coursework and occupational specialty in efforts to reduce the number of credits needed to complete a bachelor?s degree in one of its six programs. Working closely with the Office of Transfer Services we
plan to utilize existing resources such as American Council on Education College Credit for Military Experience and the DANTES College Credit?by?Examination Programs to establish equivalencies with our curriculum. The second goal, to improve retention and success for Post 9/11 Veterans, will be achieved by developing and being able to offer a cluster of academic, enrichment, and support activities designed to promote student success in the completion of their bachelor?s degree. To assist us in our development and integration we will hold focus groups with veterans around the state to better understand the factors that affect veterans' decisions to pursue a degree in higher education; to identify services and resources needed by the veteran population to help them succeed with the academic, social and cultural adjustments and to assist VCU in navigating the process of administering our services and resources. The results of the focus groups will assist in the production of a veteran?s resource guide; an orientation program designed specifically for the veteran population, an academic readiness camp, an internship program and a mentoring program. We also plan to design training for School of Engineering faculty to assist them with working with veterans.