An emerging area of our work is helping state policymakers better understand and address the need to improve college quality and accountability.

CALIFORNIA

VES Tweet: VES President in CA

VES President, Carrie Wofford, meets with California Lawmakers in Sacramento to discuss how CA state officials can better protect veterans' education benefits. - December, 2018

MAINE

MARYLAND

Testimony of VES State Policy Manager Ramond Curtis before Maryland State Senate

Testimony regarding predatory practices by VES State Policy Manager Ramond Curtis before Maryland State Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee: "Maryland’s 157 for-profit colleges and career schools offer a variety of career-oriented programs, ranging from courses in medical billing to programs in building trades. We know that these institutions are crossing ethical and legal lines to boost their veteran enrollment across the country." February, 2019

NEW YORK

NYS Senate Public Hearing on Higher Education

Senate Standing Committee on Higher Education Chair: Senator Toby Ann Stavisky Public Hearing: To explore ways to review oversight over for-profit schools in order to better inform students, parents and consumers about for-profit education schools. - April, 2019

Testimony of VES State Policy Manager Ramond Curtis

Testimony in support of Gov. Cuomo's "For-Profit College Accountability Act” before the NY state Committee on Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committee by VES State Policy Manager Ramond Curtis: "New York can prevent predatory practices and bad outcomes by implementing strong policies that hold for-profit colleges accountable to the students and taxpayers they have an obligation to serve." March, 2019

OREGON

Testimony of Student Veteran Jay Hernandez

Testimony of Jay Hernandez before the Oregon House Committee on Education at the hearing on HB 2976 - Veterans Private Education Protection Act: "I lost a year of education benefits that I could be going towards earning a Masters" March, 2019

Testimony Student of Veteran Ryan Preston

Testimony of Ryan Preston before the Oregon House of Representatives Committee on Education at the hearing on HB 2976 - Veterans Private Education Protection Act: "I received a total of 2 online job leads and then the university reps tried forcing me to sign a release of liability so they would not be obligated to assist me in finding employment" March, 2019

NON-GOVERNMENTAL REPORTS

STUDENT VETERANS ZACH HASTIE AND MICHELLE KERNIZAN JOINED OUR STATE POLICY MANAGER RAMOND CURTIS TO ASK NY LEGISLATORS TO PROTECT STUDENT VETERANS (ALBANY, NY, MARCH 2019)

OUR STATE POLICY MANAGER RAMOND CURTIS TESTIFIED IN FAVOR OF MARYLAND LEGISLATION TO PROTECT STUDENT VETERANS (ANNAPOLIS, MD, FEB. 20, 2019)

ASHFORD UNIVERSITY WHISTLEBLOWER ERIC DEAN SPOKE AT A PRESS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCING CALIFORNIA LEGISLATION TO PROTECT STUDENT VETERANS (SACRAMENTO, CA, FEB. 27, 2019)

OUR ADVOCACY

See how VES is working to advance higher education success, protecting the integrity and promise of the GI Bill.

Our Advocacy Letters

  • We collaborate with our veteran & military allies to maximize our collective advocacy impact.  We frequently submit formal letters, with policy recommendations, to federal agencies and Congress.

  • We work with Congressional Committees and Members to introduce bills, hold hearings, and urge the executive branch to protect military-connected students.

Our Work with the Executive Branch

  • We work with federal agencies to ensure military-connected students’ hard-earned education benefits are successful and effective.

Our Work with the States

  • An emerging area of our work is helping state policymakers better understand and address the need to improve college quality and accountability.