Region ? Sen. Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury), chair of the Joint Committee on Higher Education, announced that the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education has approved the implementation of a policy allowing veterans to receive academic credit for their military service.
As part of last year's “An Act Relative to Veterans” Access, Livelihood, Opportunity and Resources,” also known as the VALOR Act, the Academic Credit Evaluation Policy will be available at institutions of public higher education in the commonwealth.
“The men and women of our armed forces risk their lives to ensure freedoms and opportunities for each of us. When these veterans return to the commonwealth, it is our responsibility to ensure opportunities are available to them,” said Senator Moore. “The [new policy] allows military veterans to receive college credit for their service to our nation [and] allows Massachusetts to continue our long tradition of thanking our returning veterans through increased opportunities awaiting them at home.”
As part of the implementation of the program, the Board of Higher Education required each public higher education institute in Massachusetts to develop a VALOR Act Academic Credit Evaluation Policy to evaluate students” military occupation(s), military training, coursework and experience for academic credit.
By July 1, 2014, campuses must be fully compliant with all aspects of the VALOR Act.