Michigan's Student Veteran and Military Student Educators

The Consortium of Michigan Veteran Educators (CMVE) formed as a grassroots effort in early 2012 to help share best practices, support and information between Michigan’s 43 public colleges and universities concerning military-connected students and their families.  It remains the core mission of CMVE today. The Michigan College Access Network is a proud sponsor of CMVE.

Philip Larson is Program Director of Veteran and Military Services at the University of Michigan and serves as the Associate Director, of the Office of New Student Programs of CMVE.

Unlike counterparts in other states, CMVE is member supported and member lead.  We are independent from the State of Michigan although we work closely with the Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency (MVAA).  This independence allows us to be flexible addressing questions and helping our member institutions serve their students.  Our other valuable partners include Michigan Community College Association (MCCA), Michigan Association of State Universities (MASU), and the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN).  This partnering with relevant resources inside the state, along with leveraging the talent found in our own universities and colleges, is what has enabled CMVE to thrive.  Examples of our collaboration include collaboration on webinar presentations, national conference presentations, the Multistate Collaborative on Military Credit and collaborating with Quicken loans to host the first state-wide conference with Michigan Student Veterans of America chapters.

From 2015 to 2018, CMVE has been a recipient of a generous Kresge Foundation grant, which fully funded our operational, collaboration and event budgets.  This year, we will start to rely upon our membership with annual dues starting July 1 and conference fees to offset costs.  While we cannot offer all of the benefits that came with generous grant funding, we are committed to offering events, best practices and knowledge sharing that our membership has come to rely on.  We will continue to host an annual conference, something not found anywhere else in our region.

Our mission going forward is to continue to support our four-year universities and colleges, our community colleges and two-year schools and to collaborate with non-profit institutions within our great State.  We are planning a few webinars and two statewide conferences for 2019, where we will share ideas, new resources and best practices for our members.  We want to ensure that military-connected students who are residents of Michigan or who are coming from out-of-state receive the best education possible and that their military service is recognized and rewarded.

CMVE is looking forward to this year of change.  We will count on our membership for support, for their time and for their knowledge in helping to serve veterans, National Guard and reservists, active duty military and all military families as they transition into higher education.

Author: Philip Larson, Chairperson, Board of Directors, CMVE
Posted: Jan. 29, 2019

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