“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” - Attributed to George Eliot
ADULT (also see “Single Parents” and other relevant sections in “Population-Specific”):
Adult College Completion Tool Kit, from the U.S. Department of Education.
AdultStudent.com -- terrific site with a lot of useful links for adult learners.
American Council on Education (ACE) First Stop - find links for credential seekers, lifelong learners and servicemen/veterans here.
American Council on Education (ACE) GED Transcript Request Page
Adult Learner Services, from ACE.
The Adult Student - resources for working with adults.
Council on Adult and Experiential Learning
Learning Counts.org - website from the Council on Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL).
For lifelong learners, consider Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) from:
MIT Open Courseware
“Heading Out on Your Own” - I just love this series from The Art of Manliness. From “Etiquette for Men” to “How to Network” to “How to Iron” to “How to Change a Flat Tire,” there are terrific discussion ideas for transition to college and beyond -- for young men and women -- in here.
Article: “For-Profit Colleges, Vulnerable GI’s” - 9/21/11 New York Times op piece, by Hollister Patraeus.
Article: “GI Bill,” from Inside Higher Ed, discusses the April 2012 Executive Order.
Article: “Veterans, Less Engaged but Satisfied” - discusses NSSE results of veterans, from Inside Higher Ed.
Benefits Transferability Factsheet - updated 12/19 to include changes effective January 2020. Note I'm confused about this as I've received conflicting information on the transferability of benefits. Apparently, Congress overruled the Pentagon's ability to "prescribe any regulation that would provide for a limitation on eligibility to transfer unused education benefits to family members based on a maximum number of years of service in the Armed Forces."
Blog: KC Wednesday - “What it really means to be a Military Supportive Campus…”
Book: Called to Serve: A Handbook on Student Veterans and Higher Education, from Jossey-Bass.
Forum: College Confidential has a forum for veterans.
American Council on Education (ACE) Military Programs and Services
American Council on Education Transcript Services
Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcript System - this link comes up as an “unverified” site, so I have broken the link; however, if you are with the Army, I expect you’ll be able to search and locate it within your network.
SMART Transcripts - this is not the direct link, but provides information on the SMART transcript.
Career Planning: My Next Move - from the government, this site helps soldiers research careers similar to the work they were doing in the military.
College Credit for Military Service - from ACE.
College Prep: Veterans Upward Bound - ed.gov site.
College Prep: March 2 Success - test prep resource for soldiers, from the U.S. Army.
College Search: Best for Vets Colleges 2015 - from Military Times.
College Search: Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
College Search: Yellow Ribbon Schools - ed.gov site, contains listing by state; note Yellow Ribbon Schools vary considerably in the services they offer for veterans -- don’t make the mistake of assuming they’re all the same.
Fisher House Foundation Scholarships - scholarships for military children and spouses.
GI Bill Website
GI Bill Comparison Tool - you can check to see if a school awards military credit.
Military Family Research Institute - resources from Purdue University.
Military Spouse Education & Jobs - benefits for spouses of servicemembers.
NASPA (Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education) Knowledge Community for Veterans
OnlineU - looking to work on a degree online? This site ranks online degree programs by affordability and lists online degrees and certificate by major.
Pat Tillman Foundation - home of the Tillman Military Scholars program.
Peterson's Online Basic Skills Course - heading back to college? Brush up on your academic skills at this site.
Posse Foundation Veterans Program
Service Academy Forums
What makes an institution veteran friendly? Check out the Veteran Friendly Toolkit from the American Council on Education. All colleges have career services offices and academic advising, but do they have people who are trained to deal with the issues faced by veterans returning to college? Something to ask when you check out a school. I would put more store in veteran “friendliness” if the institutions provided “veteran-specific space” (i.e. a lounge or dorm/dorm floor), “veteran orientation and courses,” “peer mentoring and student veteran organizations” (and do they have veteran services and groups for women -- if you work with female veterans, you know they may have very different issues from their male counterparts and may benefit from services and groups designed specifically to help them deal with assimilating back into civilian and college life), and mental health counseling and academic advising services trained to deal with the issues vets face when assimilating into a college campus.
Was your college experience less than optimal? You can provide feedback to the government at their new U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill Feedback System. You can also find confidential help here.
Veterans Upward Bound Program - help transitioning from the military to postsecondary education.
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program
Warrior-Scholar Project - help transitioning from the military to the classroom.
NACAC Transfer Knowledge Hub - includes a link to state policies on transfer, including articulation agreements.
WACAC Transfer Counselor Toolkit - members log-in needed.
UC: Ensuring Transfer Success - professional development opportunity on UC transfer-specific information for counselors.
Transferology - this service allows users to view course equivalencies, program requirements and much more.
CollegeTransfer.net - find useful resources, articles, and blogs at this site.
National Office of Community College Initiatives - useful programs and tools from the College Board (College Board is also home of ACCUPLACER, CLEP, and ACES).
NCAA Transfer 101 Guide to transferring for D I, II, and III athletes.
New England Transfer Association (NETA) - has members-only resources. If you have not yet done so, you should join your local transfer association (NETA is only one example) to share information and benefit from professional development opportunities in your area.
AACRAO - professional development opportunities and member-restricted access to relevant publications and reports, American Association of College Registrars and Admission Officers.
TES Transfer Evaluation System, from College Source.