University earns UW VETS certification from UW System
November 9, 2017
University of Wisconsin-Stout was honored Thursday, Nov. 9,
in Madison by the UW System Board of Regents for service to veterans.
Two days before Veterans Day, seven UW System institutions
were recognized for achieving UW VETS — Veterans Education and Transition to
Success — certification. In addition to the undergraduate and graduate
tuition benefits the UW System awards to veterans under the Wisconsin G.I.
Bill, the certification recognizes each institution’s commitment to helping
student veterans succeed.
To be VETS certified, a campus must go above and beyond in
providing a wide range of critical supportive services, including counseling, a
welcoming campus environment and giving student veterans a voice in university
“The UW System is a national leader in offering exceptional
higher education services to student veterans,” said UW System President Ray
Cross, a U.S. Army veteran who served in Vietnam. “I am pleased to recognize
these seven institutions, which have taken comprehensive steps to ensure
student veterans have the best possible educational experience on their
Accepting the award for UW-Stout were Chancellor Bob Meyer
and Associate Registrar Eric Konsela.
UW-Stout’s achievements include:
- A comprehensive evaluation, conducted by students, of the Veteran Services Office; the Veterans Club; and the Military and Veteran
Resource Center. The evaluators concluded that assistance with education
benefits is the most important service provided on campus and that
additional outreach is needed to connect online students with services.
- A $10,000 Vet Center Initiative grant to the Veterans Club. The
grant was sponsored by Student Veterans of America and Home Depot. Funds
were used to furnish the Military and Veteran Resource Center in Bowman
Hall with kitchen equipment.
Earlier this year, UW-Stout was named a national Military
Friendly School, a Best for Vets School and a Top Military School.
The other institutions recognized Thursday by the Board of
Regents were UW-Eau Claire, UW-La Crosse, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Parkside,
UW-Platteville, UW-River Falls.
Last fall, six UW institutions earned UW VETS Certification
in the first year it was available: UW-Green Bay, UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee,
UW-Stevens Point, UW-Superior and UW-Whitewater. Institutions must reapply for
certification every three years.
The Wisconsin G.I. Bill can be used for undergraduate or
graduate education for full-time, part-time and Flexible Option students.
Eligible veterans, as well as spouses and children of disabled veterans, are
not charged tuition and fees up to 128 credits, or the equivalent of four years
of free tuition. Veterans are given priority registration at all UW
institutions. In fiscal year 2017, 3,820 eligible veterans and 1,790 eligible
family members took advantage of nearly $24 million in UW-funded tuition, fee
and related benefits. ###
Military and Veteran Resource Center in Bowman Hall.