National University

National University Opens Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success

The Center will be funded by a $621,299 grant from the U.S. Department of Education

National University is  expanding its services to veterans and active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces through the establishment of  a Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success, Interim President Patricia Potter has announced.

The Center, which will be located at National’s Spectrum Business Park Campus in San Diego, a national hub for military personnel, is the result of a $621,299, three-year grant that was awarded to the National University Department of Student Services by the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE).

The Center will be a centralized point for the coordination of services that focus on four key areas: 1) easing veterans’ transition to campus life, 2) increasing retention, 3) improving achievement of educational and career goals, and 4) providing a higher quality of life through the coupling of pre-existing services and support with newly-created programming specifically developed to meet the needs of veteran students.

As part of this project, National University will establish the Veteran Student Support Team to facilitate the development and implementation of the Center and its services. The Center will serve as a one-stop referral center to provide guidance and assistance in directing veterans to the additional services they need. Funding from the grant also will facilitate a military peer-to-peer mentoring programming that will assist with retention and academic achievement. As a result of the Center, National University anticipates an increase in graduation rates for veterans, higher job placement, lower unemployment, and higher retention rates.

National University enjoys a distinguished reputation for its commitment to military education. The University is a past winner of the prestigious Ray Ehrensberger Award for Institutional Excellence in Military Education. Additionally, Doug Barr, associate regional dean of military students at National University, is a recipient of the William Kennedy Award by the Council of Colleges and Military Educators for outstanding service in military education.

National University also has been named a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine and one of “America’s Top Military Friendly Colleges and Universities” by Military Advanced Education magazine.

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