A new study of academic performance among military veterans shows that about half of them complete the educations they begin. That graduation rate is only somewhat lower than that of younger students, and is higher than the rate achieved by older nontraditional students who are not veterans.
Student Veterans of America (SVA), an organization advocating for student veterans, released the study of data on veterans who used the Post-9/11 GI Bill to attend two- and four-year colleges. The data included an analysis of graduation rates of these veterans.
From USA Today:
The research ... is the first in-depth look at how those who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan are performing in college. While analysts say results could be better, the numbers appear to refute reports — some in the media, some anecdotal — that most of these veterans are dropping out or failing in college.
About one in three of the veterans earned a bachelor's degree or higher.
"Looking at the obstacles and the issues that student vets have to deal with. ... I think we're doing quite well," says D. Wayne Robinson, a former Army command sergeant major and now president and CEO of Student Veterans of America.
The Daily Circuit talks with Robinson about the study's findings and the state of educational opportunity among America's veterans.