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National Student Clearinghouse Research Center Supports SVA’s Historic Million Records Project

Student Veterans of America Study Examines Postsecondary Outcomes of Veterans

HERNDON, VA, MAR. 24, 2014 – The Student Veterans of America (SVA) today released the results of the Million Records Project (MRP), a first‐of‐its‐kind study examining the education pathways of veterans who have used Montgomery and Post‐9/11 GI Bill education benefits. The National Student

Clearinghouse™ Research Center® supported the project, along with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). SVA’s project makes available, for the first time, comprehensive national statistics on these benefit recipients’ postsecondary outcomes, including degree completion, time‐to‐degree, and field of study preferences.

The Clearinghouse contributed to the MRP project by matching a VA-provided dataset of a randomly selected sample of approximately one million Montgomery and Post‐9/11 GI Bill veteran education beneficiary records with the Clearinghouse’s national coverage of postsecondary enrollment and degree records. More than 3,500 participating colleges and universities, enrolling over 98% of all students in public and private U.S. institutions, voluntarily provide student‐level data to the Clearinghouse. All personal and institutional identifiable information was removed from the resulting dataset that was then analyzed by SVA. The Clearinghouse also supported the SVA by answering technical questions concerning the data.

“The MRP demonstrates the strength of public-private research partnerships and the Clearinghouse’s unique ability to identify student education pathways for specific populations of students,” stated Dr. Doug Shapiro, Executive Research Director, National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. “The Clearinghouse is proud to have provided near real‐time postsecondary outcome data as a result of its trusted relationships with postsecondary education institutions. Policymakers, service providers, and colleges can use this research to support student veterans and establish benchmarks for future student veteran achievement.”

About the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center
The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center is the research arm of the National Student Clearinghouse. The Research Center collaborates with higher education institutions, states, school districts, high schools, and educational organizations as part of a national effort to better inform education leaders and policymakers. Through accurate longitudinal data outcomes reporting, the Research Center enables better educational policy decisions leading to improved student outcomes.

To learn more, visit http://research.studentclearinghouse.org

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