Southeastern Council on Military Education


Spring 2018: SECOME NEWS

Message from the President

Dear Colleagues and SECOME Members,

The start to 2018 has already been filled with great accomplishments! SECOME has been awarded the Gary A. Woods Advisory Council on Military Education award by the Council of College and Military Educators. We are also proud to announce the state of Alabama has officially joined her sister states North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, making the SECOME-member-state-family complete. In addition, SECOME has welcomed new board members and members at large—all eager to work to help the organization meet its mission:

To promote, support and deliver quality educational and professional opportunities and practices within all branches of the Armed Forces by providing innovative and ethical provisions for higher educational institutions, government and state entities.

Although our bylaws require constant transition within the board, the focus is to still achieve the organization’s goals set under the direction of the 2016-2021 strategic plan. If anything, we are exceeding the expectations set forth in 2016, and have expanded our reach. We have working partnerships and relationships with VA and DoD agencies to ensure that SECOME provides applicable guidance to institutions of higher learning within our member states. SECOME has expanded its membership to include institutional and community membership, allowing the organization to tailor its services to its members.

Finally, we have ensured financial stability, and have expanded the SECOME Student Scholarship fund. Just a few years ago, the organization was awarding three, $500 scholarships. This year, SECOME will be awarding $750-$1500 scholarship awards, totaling over $20,000 in scholarships! If you haven’t become a 2017-2018 member of SECOME, join today! At the very least, become the reason for your students to qualify to apply to the SECOME scholarship opportunities.

Best Regards,

Ashley Adamovage

2018 CCME Conference – ACME presentation

March 26, 2018

SECOME’s State Advisory Council on Military Education (ACME) presentation will be held on Monday, March 26th at 9:30 a.m. during the CCME conference in San Diego, CA. If you’re attending the conference, don’t miss SECOME’s board present on the latest news and updates of SECOME. For more information, visit CCME’s website, or email SECOME at [email protected].


2018 SECOME Symposium

October 22-25, 2018

You’re invited to “Walk in the Steps of Heroes.” SECOME is honored to announce the 2018 Symposium will be held aboard the World War II USS Yorktown historical aircraft carrier in Charleston, South Carolina.

Annual symposiums allow members and guests to collaborate and share best practices to support the military-affiliated student. The 2018 SECOME Symposium, The Institutional Responsibility: Ensuring Military Student Success, is geared towards current trends within military education, as well as state and federal policy. Speakers are internationally acclaimed and educate attendees on best practices and topics affecting military affiliated personnel today.

Education Services Officers from each Armed Services Branch are also well represented. Other agenda topics will include DOD and VA compliancy standards, employment engagement strategies, strategic partnership and community development, career services for student veterans and military spouses, transitional services, and much more!

Hurry, catch the “Early Bird” registration rate today! This special rate ends on July 1st.

Veterans who lost their VA education benefits may be able to claim them.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Click here for the full article.

Restoration of Benefits After School Closure or if a School is Disapproved for GI Bill Benefits - Education and Training

Section 109 of the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 allows the Department of Veterans Affairs to restore entitlement to beneficiaries affected by a school closure or disapproval (if the disapproval was due to a change in law or VA interpretation of statute).

The law defines two types of restoration of entitlement cases:

      • Special Application Cases - Beneficiaries who qualify for the Special Application provision will not be charged entitlement for the entire period of enrollment at the closed facility. VA will retroactively restore any entitlement previously charged to affected beneficiaries.
      • Regular Restoration of Entitlement Cases– Beneficiaries who qualify for Regular Restoration of Entitlement will not be charged for the individual term, quarter, or semester they were enrolled in at the time of the school closure or disapproval.

Eligibility Requirements Special Application

Beneficiaries will qualify for the Special Application provision if:

      • they attended an accredited Institution of Higher Learning (IHL) facility that closed between January 1, 2015 and August 16, 2017;
      • they were last attending the school within 120 days of the school’s closure; AND
      • they were not enrolled in a comparable program prior to August 16, 2017; OR
      • They were enrolled in a comparable program, but did not transfer any credits from the closed school.

Regular Restoration of Entitlement

Beneficiaries will qualify for Regular Restoration of Entitlement if:

      • VA finds the beneficiary was unable to complete the program of study due to the school closing; or
      • there is a change in law or VA interpretation which results in the disapproval of the program or school AND
      • the beneficiary did not receive credit or lost training time toward the completion of the program of education.

Extension of Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) Payments When a School Closes or is Disapproved

When a school closes or is disapproved during an active term, enrolled beneficiaries may be eligible to continue receiving MHA payments until the original end of the term or for 120 days (whichever occurs sooner). This MHA payment can only be made if the closure/disapproval happened on or after August 16, 2017.

Note 1: There is no entitlement charge for MHA payments made during this time period.

Note 2: By law VA is not authorized to make the above described MHA payments until August 1, 2018. If your school closed or was disapproved prior to this date and if you are due an MHA payment, VA will make that retroactive payment after August 1, 2018.

Applying for Restoration of Entitlement

If your school closed and you believe you meet the requirements outlined above – please go to the GI Bill website and complete the Educaton Benefit Entitlement Restoration Request Due to School Closure or Withdrawal form.

Submit that form online though the “Submit a Question” button on the GI Bill website or via mail to:

Muskogee Regional Processing Office
P.O.Box 8888
Muskogee, OK 74402-8888

Report: Women Need Additional Degree to Attain Equal Pay

Diverse: by Tiffany Pennamon

Although women have surpassed men in educational attainment, they still earn 81 cents for every dollar earned by men, according to a new study from researchers at Georgetown University.

Released on Tuesday, the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce’s report — “Women Can’t Win: Despite Making Educational Gains and Pursuing High-Wage Majors, Women Still Earn Less than Men” – indicates that women must hold one more degree than men to achieve pay parity. Combining factors leading to pay inequity include gender discrimination and women’s historical concentration in lower-paying majors and occupations.

Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services Releases 2017 Annual Report.

DoD News, Defense Media Activity

March 1, 2018

Click here for the full Report. 

A 2016 survey of new recruits by DoD's Joint Advertising, Market & Studies (JAMRS) office found women were more motivated to join the military by certain factors than were men. In particular, women were more likely than men to be motivated by travel, education, and helping others and their communities. Consistent with these survey results, female focus group participants commonly mentioned educational opportunities when discussing the factors that motivated them to join the military. 

National Association of Veterans' Program Administrators

NAVPA 2018

Click here for the full report. 

NAVPA has released the Veterans' Education Programs Issues and Legislative Talking Points for 2018. 

NC launches the Veterans Information Platform Project (VIPP)

NC Governor's Working Group

A partnership between the VIPP, NC Government Data Analytics Center, the NC Department of Information Technoloyg and the Statistical Analysis System, the project is a secure information sharing program, which will facilitate collaboration among veteran service state agencies. VIPP will streamline the process of applying for jobs and other services for Veterans and their families. 

50-State Comparison: Academic Credit for Military Experience

Education Commission of the States


For the full report, click here

This resource provides a national overview of state policies to award college students with academic credit for military experience. Click on the question below for a 50-state comparison, or choose to view a specific state’s policy by going to the individual state profile page.

Your SECOME Member States:
Alabama: Policy in place. Requires the board of each public state higher education institution, community college and technical school to adopt a policy to award academic credit for military experience that meets American Council on Education or equivalent standards.
Georgia: Policy in place. Requires the State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia to maintain a policy requiring institutions of the Technical College System of Georgia to grant academic credit for military experience. Military experience must be substantially related to coursework in order to be eligible for academic credit.
North Carolina: No policy identified. SB 761 (2014) included non-statutory language directing the board of governors of the University of North Carolina and the state board of community colleges to develop a plan to implement a uniform system to award academic credit for military experience.
South Carolina. Policy in place.  Public post-secondary institutions, including technical and comprehensive educational institutions may award academic credit military experience. The award must be made within three years of enrollment at the institution and be in accordance with American Council on Education or equivalent standards.