8 Keys to Veterans' Success Sites

About the 8 Keys

  • A voluntary initiative through the Departments of Education, Veterans Affairs, and Defense.
  • Highlights specific ways that colleges and universities can support veterans.

Commit to the 8 Keys


The 8 Keys

  1. Create a culture of trust and connectedness across the campus community to promote well-being and success for veterans.
  2. Ensure consistent and sustained support from campus leadership.
  3. Implement an early alert system to ensure all veterans receive academic, career, and financial advice before challenges become overwhelming.
  4. Coordinate and centralize campus efforts for all veterans, together with the creation of a designated space for them (even if limited in size).
  5. Collaborate with local communities and organizations, including government agencies, to align and coordinate various services for veterans.
  6. Utilize a uniform set of data tools to collect and track information on veterans, including demographics, retention, and degree completion.
  7. Provide comprehensive professional development for faculty and staff on issues and challenges unique to veterans.
  8. Develop systems that ensure sustainability of effective practices for veterans.

Recent additions:

  • Penn State University Main Campus, PA
  • Riverland Community College, MN
    • Albert Lea Campus, MN
    • Austin Campus, MN
    • Owatonna Campus, MN
   Posted in