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UW-Eau Claire Committee Recommends Streamlining Requirements for Veteran and Military Students

RELEASED: April 9, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Academic Policies Committee has recommended two changes to university policies that would streamline the fulfillment of academic requirements for students who are veterans or currently serving in the active military.

Under the recommended changes, students who have completed military basic training/boot camp will receive one credit of physical activity, and students in active military service or with an honorable or general discharge from military service will have fulfilled the university's service-learning graduation requirement.

"These changes recognize that experiences our students have while in the military should fulfill some of the academic requirements of a UW-Eau Claire education," said Dr. Marc Goulet, associate dean of students. "Currently, the university works with students on these issues on a case-by-case basis. The recommended changes would streamline the process, which would benefit our students."

Goulet, who also is a member of the UW-Eau Claire Veterans Advisory Committee, said the recommendations are part of an ongoing, comprehensive effort by the university to better serve veterans and students in the active military.

"Our society owes a debt of gratitude to students who have served or are currently serving in the military," Goulet said. "The university wants to be as supportive as possible of them as they work toward earning their college degree."

The proposed changes, which were first recommended by the Veterans Advisory Committee, now must be approved by the University Senate, which will consider the proposed changes at its April 14 meeting.

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