Credit for military veterans education

Jun 25, 2013 by

GREEN ZONE#xA; #xA;  #xA;#xA; #xA;  #xA;By Karen Farkas –

Military veterans and current service members should find it easier to get work and college credit for military education.

Gov. John Kasich signed an executive order this month that orders the chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents and university presidents to review policies on identifying and granting credit for military education, find ways to simplify that process and award college credit to military education that corresponds to its academic programs.

The order also requires departments, board and commissions that issue occupational certifications or licenses to revise policies to take into account relevant military education, skills training, and service when determining equivalency for purposes of issuing certifications and licenses.

All groups were asked to notify the state Office of Workforce Transformation by the end of the year of any state and federal laws that make revisions difficult and how those laws could be reformed.

Nearly 900,000 military veterans live in Ohio and another 80,000 residents currently serve in the military, according to the governor’s office.

ZipStart for new students: An innovative summer school program at the University of Akron, which offers discounted tuition to incoming freshmen attracted 177 students for the first session.

The university offers six three-credit general education courses and charged a flat rate of $750 for one class and $1,000 for two classes, regardless of whether the student lives in Ohio or out-of-state. All fees are waived. The savings can be significant – $571 for an Ohio student taking one class and $1,515 if he or she takes two classes.

The Ohio Board of Regents approved the ZipStart program in May, which will be offered for two summers and then evaluated. The university told the regents in its proposal that its goal was enroll 600 students each summer.

Officials said the 177 students enrolled in 227 courses for the first five-week session. Twelve were from out-of-state. The second session begins July 15.

The program’s goal is to increase retention, improve graduation rates and reduce debt, officials said.

Online offerings at Youngstown State: Youngstown State University will offer seven online master’s and bachelor’s degrees this fall as part of a new initiative in distance learning.

The programs, approved by the Ohio Board of Regents, are 100 percent online and targeted to those who work, are in the military or need a flexible schedule.

Bachelor’s degree programs are in public health and allied health and master’s degree programs are in business administration, engineering management, criminal justice, respiratory care and early childhood education.

For more information, including details on registration and tuition, visit, or call 330-941-1516.

Not enough Ohioans have college degrees: Ohio ranks 36th in America for college attainment, according to a report released this month by the Lumina Foundation.

According to the report, “A Stronger Nation through Higher Education,” 35.5 percent of working-age adults (ages 25-64) in Ohio held a two- or four-year college degree in 2011 – the most recent year for which data are available. In 2010 the rate was 35.8 percent and Ohio ranked 35th nationally. In 2009, Ohio’s attainment rate was 34.7 percent.

Nationally, 38.7 percent of working-age adults held a two- or four-year degree in 2011. The rate was 38.3 percent in 2010 and 38.1 percent in 2009.

Ohio’s largest metro areas rank in the following order for adults (ages 25-64) with at least a two-year degree: Columbus (42.94 percent), Cincinnati-Middletown (39.72 percent), Akron (39.26 percent),Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor (38.71 percent), Dayton (36.49 percent), Toledo (35.14 percent) and Youngstown-Warren-Boardman (29.38 percent).

The full report is available at

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