More than six in 10 colleges and universities indicated in a recent study that they provide programs and services designed specifically for current and former service members. Better than seven in 10 have such a program in their long-term plans, according to the American Council on Education, which conducted the 690-school survey. When the council last conducted the study in 2009, 57 percent of responding colleges and universities said they had programs and services for vets. Of the institutions that reported such offerings:
• 84 percent provide counseling to assist with post-traumatic stress disorder, a dramatic increase from 16 percent in 2009.
• 71 percent have a veterans office, a more than 20 percent increase from 2009.
• 55 percent have staff trained to help with physical disabilities.
Still, the survey noted room for improvement in several areas, including more help for veterans transitioning to college, increased staffwide understanding of veterans issues and better streamlining of re-enrollment procedures for troops returning from active duty.