September 9, 2010 | In the News
July 27, 2010
A new issue brief from the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Office of Women in Higher Education (OWHE) addresses some of the unique issues women veterans face and offers institutions practical options for serving these students.
The Female Veteran-Friendly Campus suggests many ways to support women veterans. For example, institutions can:
- Seek out female therapists in the community to work pro bono with returning women veterans.
- Open a campus child care center, with slots reserved for the children of veterans.
- Identify a member of the career services staff who knows how to translate military experience for civilian résumés.
- Make a deliberate effort to encourage women veterans to identify themselves and meet other women veterans.
The brief also recommends that neighboring institutions consider collaborating on these options.
ACE prepared the issue brief based on meetings in Washington, DC, attended by women veterans, representatives of higher education institutions and other experts, as well as a survey of 125 ACE/OWHE State Network Coordinators.