UConn to work with Malloy on college credits for veterans
Published: Monday, September 23, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 23, 2013 23:09
Back from the base, or even the Middle East, many veterans are ready to go back into training, this time on UConn soil. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s new executive order intends to assist veterans on their transfer into higher education by urging campuses across Connecticut to simplify the credit transfer process.
The order, which was revealed Monday, seeks to review the current process in order to make more military courses and training credits transferable to UConn course standards.
Kristopher Perry, director of the UConn Office of Veterans Affairs and Military Programs, as well as a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Air Force, will be working with other schools in Connecticut in order to ensure the order is enacted smoothly. This includes veterans.uconn.edu, the website of the Office of Veterans Affairs, which was created to help veterans with questions about benefits and details on social and academic programs.
“If you took AP credits in high school, you wouldn’t have to take the same course in college. This is similar to veteran credit transfer process.” UConn spokesperson Stephanie Reitz said.
Much of what a veteran learns while in training is applicable to UConn curriculum. How the military teaches engineering, and how a professor teaches engineering may not be so different. The new credit review process will decide—much more leniently—just how much of that teaching is applicable. If done correctly, this could make years of military education no longer void in the eyes of Connecticut colleges.
This order is aimed at all veterans, most of whom are in their mid to late 20’s. Many UConn veterans that will benefit from this program are coming home from tours in Iraq or Afghanistan.
The new standards are beneficial for UConn, which currently has 900 veterans in the student body, and is looking to get the public’s attention as a place of welcoming and accepting veterans.
“We have many veterans coming from harrowing situations who just want to return to their dream of higher education,” said Reitz.