IACRAO 73rd ANNUAL MEETING Students, Records, and All That Jazz! IACRAO 73rd ANNUAL MEETING VA Update: DoD MOU & Other Washington Veterans Initiatives Margaret Baechtold, IUB Winnie Wilson, IUPUI October 22, 9:30-10:20 Session Rules of Etiquette Please turn off your cell phone/beeper If you must leave the session early, please do so as discretely as possible Please avoid side conversation during the presentation Thank you for your cooperation! Introduction Current and pending legislation and regulations regarding service members, veterans & dependents from the Department of Veteran Affairs, Department of Defense, federal and state governments Efforts to define and regulate “veteran friendliness” Topics of Discussion Executive Order: Principles of Excellence Department of Defense (DOD) Memorandum of Understanding State Legislation Federal Legislation Executive Order 13607: Establishing Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Service Members, Veterans, Spouses, and Family Members -Signed April 27, 2012 “Financial Aid Shopping Sheet”: provide Students with a personalized form covering the total cost (program costs, student debt estimates, Federal financial aid options) of an educational program prior to enrollment. Provide educational plans for all military and veteran education beneficiaries End fraudulent and aggressive recruiting techniques and misrepresentation EO Principles of Excellence Provide accommodations for service members and reservists absent due to service requirements Designate a point of contact for academic and financial advising Ensure accreditation of all new programs prior to enrolling students Align institutional refund policies with those under Title IV EO Principles of Excellence Current Status -VA instructed institutions to sign by August 1, 2012 -There is no punitive action taken for institutions who have not signed - List of institutions that have signed: http://www.gibill.va.gov/resources/education_resou rces/Principles_of_excellence/poe_list_2012.html DOD Memorandum of Understanding Governs institutions who wish to participate in the military’s Tuition Assistance program. Version 1 available to sign in 2011 at www.dodmou.com but no penalty for schools who did not DOD Memorandum of Understanding School must be accredited -- regionally or nationally Must agree to “adhere to” the Servicemembers Opportunity College Principles and Military Student Bill of Rights Must recognize, accept and award credit for military training where appropriate Must agree to participate in Military Voluntary Education Review process DOD Memorandum of Understanding Must charge a single tuition rate for military members regardless of service branch Must disclose policies and procedures Must provide evaluated education plan for students DOD Memorandum of Understanding Lots of questions about original language; ACE and others working with DOD Clarifications at www.dodmou.com V2 will incorporate clarifications and have 2 tracks, depending on Servicemembers Opportunity College membership status If signed V1, do not have to sign V2 DOD Memorandum of Understanding V3 is coming in Spring 2013 Will incorporate the Principles Of Excellence from EO 13607 Will be mandatory in order to continue to receive FTA State Legislation HB 1116: Military Education & Training -enacted July 1, 2012 Requires a state educational institution to award educational credit for courses that: (1) are part of the individual's military service; (2) meet the standards of ACE for awarding academic credit; and (3) meet the state educational institution's role, scope, and mission. HB 1230: Combat to College Program introduced/ active Requires a state educational institution to provide: (1) a centralized location for admissions, registration, and financial administration services for veteran students; (2) reasonable accommodations for disabled veteran students at a state educational institution's fitness facility; (3) academic guidance specifically to veteran students; (4) access to counseling services or resources to veteran students who are disabled or suffering from post traumatic stress disorder; and HB 1230: Combat to College Program (5) job search programs designed for veteran students; (6) a program coordinator; (7) a hiring preference policy for veteran students; (8) postsecondary credit for military training in accordance with the American Council of Education recommendations. HB 1025: Resident tuition (Veterans) introduced/ active Provides that Indiana veterans are eligible for the resident tuition rate for undergraduate courses upon enrolling at a state educational institution not later than 12 months after their separation from the United States armed forces. -HB 1368:Resident tuition (Spouses/ Dependents) Federal Legislation S2241: Requires very detailed and disaggregated data reporting by schools; emphasis on consumer protection for veterans and military members HR4057: similar to S2241 but less specific, directs VA to consolidate much data that is already reported elsewhere Both cover areas already in POE Issues of Interest in DC Residency for Veterans Consumer Protection Student Complaint System Financial counseling and disclosure Readmission of Servicemembers (HEOA) VA Debts Questions and Answers ???? Presenter Information Winnie Wilson Manager, Office for Veteran and Military Personnel, IUPUI [email protected] Margaret Baechtold Director, Veterans Support Services, IUB [email protected] THANK YOU! Please be sure to complete the session evaluation form.