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2014 SVA National Conference highlights important topics for student veterans

SVA logo 2With the mission to provide military veterans with the resources, support and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation, Student Veterans of America (SVA) is holding their 2014 National Conference. The conference will take place from January 2-5 in Scottsdale, AZ, with the theme of “Pioneering Social Change.”

The purpose of this post is to raise awareness and inform visitors about veterans issues, particularly as they relate to higher education. With this in mind, we are sharing an overview of the discussion topics from the SVA Conference agenda, in the hopes that our readers will become better informed of “hot” topics relating to student veterans and make their voices heard.

Members of NLU’s SVA chapter will be attending the conference, and they will be blogging about what they learned after the event. In the meantime, here is a snapshot of what will be discussed at the conference on Day 1.

Research Roundtable: Veterans in Higher Education

Experts from universities, research institutes and the Department of Veterans Affairs will discuss recent research developments in the higher education and veteran spaces, including what we are learning now and what we plan to learn in the future. Do we finally have concrete data on student veterans’ graduation, retention and persistence? What areas need to be researched further, and what does this mean for student veterans and higher education stakeholders?

Policy Roundtable: Veterans and Higher Education

Discussion will focus on recent policy developments and VSOs’ advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill and in local communities around the nation. Topics to be discussed include the fight for in-state tuition, the re-authorization of the Higher Education Act, the Transition Assistance Program (TAP), the reinstatement of tuition assistance and unique policy shifts that have occurred throughout the year.

Stay tuned for more updates about Days 2 and 3 of the SVA Conference or check out the tentative agenda!

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