UW System announces initiative promoting excellence in veteran services


The UW System announced this week that it will begin accepting applications from campuses for UW VETS Certification, officially recognizing their exceptional commitment to helping student veterans
succeed. The University of Wisconsin VETS (Veterans Education and Transition to Success) Certification highlights campuses that go above and beyond in a wide range of critical supportive services, including counseling, providing a welcoming campus environment, and giving student veterans a voice in university life. To meet certification criteria, UW VETS campuses will:

  • Train campus faculty and staff on issues that student veterans may face in transitioning to college including scheduling, making connections, study habits, and health and welfare challenges;
  • Conduct regular surveys of student veterans to identify needs and get input;
    Establish a campus steering committee composed of student veterans, faculty and staff 
to share information and provide guidance to campus leadership;
  • Provide student veteran-focused orientation programming;
    Identify internal and external counseling resources to assist student veterans with 
academic, financial and social concerns; and
  • Provide a dedicated space on campus where student veterans can meet peers and 
receive help with benefits, enrollment and connecting to supportive resources.
    For more details, see https://www.wisconsin.edu/news/archive/uw-vets-certification-program-launches/