Voluntary Military Education Programs, Hearing Before a Subcommittee of the Committee on Appropriations, United States Senate, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, June 12, 2013 [open pdf - 173KB]
This is the June 12, 2013 hearing, "Voluntary Military Education Programs" before a subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Appropriations. From the opening statement of Richard J. Durbin: "Now, we are aware of the important role that is played by the Voluntary Military Education programs for the men and women in uniform and their spouses. [...] In fiscal year 2002, the Department spent $243 million on voluntary education. By 2012, 10 years later, the number had doubled to $568 million. Our servicemembers sign-up to serve the Nation, they put their lives at-risk, and they protect our Nation and its interests. They endure the chaos of multiple deployments and the stress of the challenge that they and their families face. When they can find a few precious hours amid those demands to further their education, servicemembers deserve the opportunity for that experience. But they deserve an educational experience that is worth their time and the taxpayers' money. This subcommittee is concerned that for all its popularity, the Department has not been--and may not be--sufficiently focused on assuring that program dollars are going to high- quality, high-value education programs. [...] Just six for-profit schools received an astounding 41 percent of all tuition assistance money from the Department of Defense. So what difference does it make? Well, this subcommittee is focused on assuring the American people know their taxpayers' dollars are being well-spent. And from what we know in general about for-profit colleges, I cannot, in good conscience, make that assertion generally about these programs." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Richard J. Durbin, Thad Cochran, Frederick Vollrath, Terry W. Hartle, Steve Grunderson, James H. Selbe, Christopher Neiweem, and Lamar Alexander.
S. Hrg. 113-170; Senate Hearing 113-170
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