Earlier this year, Excelsior College faculty were invited to review FAC 120 Military Culture, a tutorial designed to familiarize them with students who are military, veterans or their spouses that attend the college via online courses. This is important as military and veterans make up 40 percent of Excelsior’s student body.
The tutorial raises awareness on the nuances of military culture and the challenges that can affect a student’s ability to be a successful student. The tutorial serves as a professional development tool to provide resources and contacts faculty can use to reach out for assistance and information for themselves and the military related students they teach.
Why is it important that college faculty be familiar with military culture?
As the number of potential veteran students has increased, so too has the need to understand military culture and its effects in the classroom. In 2009, the Post 9/11 GI Bill became available to military and veterans to use to help complete their education. According to the Rand Corporation “more than half a million current and former services members had applied for eligibility certification and just over 300,000 had used the benefits to enroll in higher education.”
FAC 120 Military Culture, an interactive, multimedia rich, self-paced tutorial, created inresponse to the U.S. Department of Education, Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense, President Obama’s Eight Keys to Veterans’ Success, Student Veterans of America and recommendations by the American Council on Education to raise awareness of the background and unique needs of our military and veteran student populations for college faculty and staff.
According to the American Council on Education (ACE), training such as Excelsior’s FAC 120 can also offer faculty a better understanding of military culture, which can go a long way toward ensuring military students perform to the best of their ability. Veteran students face many of the same challenges as adult or non-traditional students: They are older and more mature, many are tending to the needs of a family, and some are commuting long distances to complete their education. Military students, however, also bring with them a structure, sense of discipline, and work ethic that typically far exceeds faculty expectations. Retrieved from: https://vetfriendlytoolkit.acenet.edu/academic-services/Pages/Staff-and-Faculty-Training.aspx
What have faculty members said about FAC 120 Military Culture?
- I was not aware of all the services that were available and will now be able to use them when appropriate.
- Within each course I teach I meet active duty military and veterans. It’s nice to know the college’s resources that I can direct them to when needed.
- The material …… was clear, informative, and offered perspectives that I do not always get to see directly from the students themselves.
- Learning about military families, cycles of deployment and redeployment was not something I thoroughly understood before.
Interested in taking a look at military culture?
Go to your MyExcelsior, to the course list and look for FAC 120 Military Culture and share your feedback below.