2015 National Medal of Honor Day
March 25, 2015
Commemorating the 2015 National Medal of Honor Day and the service of our dear friend, Colonel Jack Jacobs (ret.).
Completing the Mission II:
A Study of Veteran Students' Progress Toward Degree Attainment in the Post 9/11 Era
As the enrollment of military-affiliated students continue to surge at campuses across the country, OCP and the Arizona-based Pat Tillman Foundation released a paper reviewing their progress toward degree completion.
The expanded study illustrates student veterans' succeeding on college campuses. Access report here.
Operation College Promise (OCP) is a national policy, research and education program based in Trenton, New Jersey, which supports the transition and postsecondary advancement of our nation's veterans. Originating in 2008 as a web-based resource, the project was founded by the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities (NJASCU) in 2008 to centralize transition information for servicemembers on a comprehensive website. In 2009, OCP was one of only 20 applicants awarded an ACE/Walmart Foundation "Success for Veterans" grant. Today, the project has partner institutions across the nation and has established a National Advisory Council (NAC) to support its rapidly broader national mission. (Our mission)
Educating veterans and those who serve them is a top priority of OCP. Major projects include the development of the nation's first resource manual for veterans' service providers (The OCP Field Guide) as well as the signature Certificate for Veterans' Service Providers (CVSP) program. The CVSP training has been offered at four different locations, including Stockton University, Ramapo College of New Jersey, Texas State University-San Marcos, and the University of North Carolina - Charlotte. More than 200 professionals from 25 states have participated.
OCP launched its Speaker Series in March 2011 with a screening of "Warrior Champions" at William Paterson University, along with theatrical performances of"Into the Fire" and the "Telling Project" at Stockton College. To date, OCP has hosted more than 20 events, reaching more than 500 professionals in 25 states.
Direct outreach to veterans supports the dissemination of information to our veterans and servicemembers. OCP staff regularly participate in the New jersey National Guard's mandatory "Yellow Ribbon" Post and Pre-deployment programming and provide updated information on existing and emerging programs and services through the OCP website, monthly "Mail Call" e-newsletter, as well as social networking sites.
To begin the process of evaluating student veterans' progress toward degree, OCP partnered with the Pat Tillman Foundation to produce a survey of institutions across the nation in a pilot evaluation of the Graduation Probability Indices (GPI) - a methodology developed by OCP. This landmark report is available here. A longitudinal study of more than 50 schools will be launched in the summer of 2012.
OCP staff regularly testify before the New Jersey Legislature on policy affecting veterans and their transition and was awarded a Senate Resolution for its efforts on behalf of veterans and servicemembers. The project collaborated with the New Jersey State Senate to establish the "Veterans' Education Awareness Week." A federal resolution designating this week has been introduced in Congress. OCP is also researching and developing condensed degree programs that maximize the benefits of the Post-9/11 GI bill, while recognizing the skill sets of our military students in fields with potential for long-term employment. The first of these, "VETeach," a streamlined teaching degree plan was signed into New Jersey Statute on April 5, 2012. Other streamlined degree plans are being researched in engineering, psychology, business and nursing.
For more information on Operation College Promise, call 609-989-1100.
“The New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities and its member presidents demonstrated insightful leadership in recognizing early on the need to prepare their campuses for the arrival of this latest generation of returning veterans.”
-James Selbe, Assistant Vice President - American Council on Education (ACE)
Short-Term Fix Could Help Vets, But Will it Solve the Backlog Problem?
Stars and Stripes
April 23, 2013
Lawmakers remain skeptical that the Department of Veterans Affairs' new short-term fix to tackle the massive claims backlog will ultimately solve the problem.
But, at least for now, they're pleased that veterans will start getting some money. Read full article, here.
- GI Bill Offers Military Children Relief from College Costs
The Chronicle of Higher Education
February 25, 2013
As a new GI Bill moved through Congress in 2008, a handful of influential politicians grew concerned. Would such a generous education program trigger an exodus of service members during two wars? Read full story, here.