NKU Adds Support For Veteran Students With Unique Leadership Minor

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Many colleges and universities claim to cater to veteran students, but Northern Kentucky University is putting action behind these words. The first of its kind in the area—possibly the country—this 21-credit hour minor enables veterans to cash in on their military experience by transforming it into real college credit towards a degree.

Representatives from the university’s Veterans Resource Center say that most students will be able to redeem between 15 and 18 credit hours through this new program. That means one or two additional classes may be needed to complete the minor.

Northern Kentucky University is one of many schools across the nation making strides to help veterans reach their higher education goals. Recently, Kennesaw State University joined the ranks of some of the leading military-friendly schools nationwide. The school’s Military and Veterans Services (MVS) Outreach Program has recently partnered with the Center for the Advancement of Military and Emergency Services Research to help veteran students transition into civilian and student life more seamlessly.

Meanwhile, Old Dominion University has earned gold status among Tier 2 research schools for its efforts to support military and veteran students. Among its many support services include virtual and on-campus counseling, a peer support program, and credit for life experience pathways.

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At NKU, a minor is required for bachelor’s degree students, but this isn’t the case at all colleges and universities. The university hopes the Veterans Leadership minor will help graduates stand out to employers who value the unique experiences military students bring to the workforce.

According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, more than half of students utilizing VA benefits to access higher education enroll in an undergraduate degree program. Many of these students require support from faculty and staff to successfully transition to the classroom. Still, graduation rates among veteran and non-veteran students are similar.

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