Student Veterans of America’s Research Department works to inform the public, stake holders, policy makers, and others on student veteran and military connected students topics and concerns through empirical research.
Externally, we do that through partnerships with other organizations and departments. In 2014, SVA in partnership with the National Student Clearing house (NSC) and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) published the Million Records Project (MRP), a groundbreaking report conveying the postsecondary academic outcomes for one million of this generation’s student veterans. Expanding upon the success of MRP, starting in the Spring of 2016, the same partners plan to publish a series of reports on the National Veterans Education Success Tracker (NVEST).
Internally, we use surveys and program evaluations for data collection and improving programs. SVA’s research team conducts an annual Census web survey, SVA Spotlight, providing detailed demographics of student veterans and military connected students. We are also testing an internally developed instrument to measure the status of our chapters allowing us to better support them.
SVA enjoys a multi-year grant from the PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc. in support of our Student Veteran Educational and Employment Decision Tree Initiative. The three-year research initiative will explore the decision-making process for separating service members, with the intent of identifying potential opportunities and barriers to a successful transition from college into the workforce. The PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc. supports the people of PwC when in need and invests in emerging solutions to society’s greatest challenges in education and humanitarianism. In addition to seeking out non-profits with courageous breakthrough ideas, the Foundation complements PwC’s efforts to engage the people of the firm, offering partners and staff a flexible set of opportunities to create value for their communities and for each other. People are at the heart of their mission and theories of change.