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:

  • College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL
    • Lakeshore, Waukegan, IL
    • Southlake, Vernon Hills, IL
  • Glendale Community College, Glendale, AZ
    • North Campus, Phoenix, AZ
  • Indiana University
    • Bloomington Campus, Bloomington, IN
    • Kokomo Campus, Kokomo, IN
    • Northwest Campus, Gary, IN
    • South Bend Campus, South Bend IN
    • Southeast Campus, New Albany, IN
  • Limestone College, Gaffney, SC
  • Louisiana Delta Community College, Monroe, LA
    • Bastrop, Bastrop, LA
    • Farmerville, Farmerville, LA
    • Lake Providence, Lake Providence, LA
    • Ruston, Ruston, LA
    • Tallulah, Tallulah, LA
    • West Monroe, West Monroe, LA
    • Winnsboro, Winnsboro, LA
  • Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA
  • National Personal Training Institute, Winter Park, FL
  • New York Film Academy
    • Union Square, NY
    • Battery Park, NY
  • St. Louis Community College
    • Florissant Valley Campus, Ferguson, MO
    • Forest Park Campus, St. Louis, MO
    • Meramec Campus, St. Louis, MO
    • Wildwood Campus, Wildwood, MO
  • University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Vaughn College, Flushing, NY
  • Washington College, Chestertown, MD
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