Sauk Valley Community College

an institution of higher education that provides quality learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of its students and community

Public Act 96 – 0133 Survey

  1. Please provide the contact information of the primary person on campus with veterans and military personnel responsibilities.

    Name: Thomas S. Breed
    Title: Coordinator of Veterans and Military Personnel Student Services
    Department: Counseling
    Address: 173 IL Route 2, Dixon, IL 61021
    Phone number: 815-288-5511, ext. 390
    Email address: breedt@svcc.edu

  2. Have you appointed the Coordinator of Veterans and Military Personnel Student Services?
    If the Coordinator is different from the primary person named in Question 1, please provide the contact information.

    Name
    Title
    Department
    Address
    Phone number
    Email address

  3. Please indicate how your institution identifies veterans or military personnel.  Check all that apply.
  4. Please indicate which of the following provide programs or services designed for veterans or military personnel and their families.  Check all that apply
  5. Please check the box to indicate which services are provided and provide the contact information for each program or service offered to veterans, military personnel, and spouses or dependents.  Check all that apply.
    ServiceVeteransMilitary
    Personnel
    Families
    a. Academic advising
    Contact Name: Thomas Breed
    Department: Counseling
    Address: 173 IL Route 2, Dixon, IL 61021
    Telephone Number: 815-288-5511, ext. 208
    Email Address: breedt@svcc.edu
    X X X
    b. Academic support/tutoring
    Contact Name: Jane Verbout
    Department: Learning Assistance Center
    Address: 173 IL Route 2, Dixon, IL 61021
    Telephone Number: 815-288-5511, ext. 293
    Email Address: verbouj@svcc.edu
    X X X
    c. Campus social events
    Contact Name: Thomas Breed
    Department: Counseling
    Address: 173 IL Route 2, Dixon, IL 61021
    Telephone Number: 815-288-5511, ext. 390
    Email Address: breedt@svcc.edu
    X X X
    d. Career services
    Contact Name: Thomas Breed
    Department: Counseling
    Address: 173 IL Route 2, Dixon, IL 61021
    Telephone Number: 815-288-5511, ext. 390
    Email Address: breedt@svcc.edu
    X X X
    e. Counseling
    Contact Name: Thomas Breed
    Department: Counseling
    Address: 173 IL Route 2, Dixon, IL 61021
    Telephone Number: 815-288-5511, ext. 390
    Email Address: breedt@svcc.edu
    X X X
    f. Disability Services
    Contact Name: Karen Alexander
    Department: Disability Support Office
    Address: 173 IL Route 2, Dixon, IL 61021
    Telephone Number: 815-288-5511, ext. 246
    Email Address: karen.l.alexander@svcc.edu
    X X X
    g. Employment assistance
    Contact Name: Thomas Breed
    Department: Counseling
    Address: 173 IL Route 2, Dixon, IL 61021
    Telephone Number: 815-288-5511, ext.390
    Email Address: breedt@svcc.edu
    X X X
    h. Financial aid assistance
    counseling (excluding
    Montgomery GI Bill, IVG,
    ING, or Post 9/11 Bill)
    Contact Name: Kristina Fordyce
    Department: Office of Financial Assistance
    Address: 173 IL Route 2, Dixon, IL 61021
    Telephone Number: 815-288-5511, ext. 420
    Email Address: kristina.m.fordyce@svcc.edu
    X X X
    i. Health services
    Contact Name
    Department
    Address
    Telephone Number
    Email Address
    NA NA NA
    j. Mentoring
    Contact Name
    Department
    Address
    Telephone Number
    Email Address
    NA NA NA
    k. Orientation
    Contact Name: Thomas Breed
    Department: Counseling
    Address: 173 IL Route 2, Dixon, IL 61021
    Telephone Number: 815-288-5511, ext. 390
    Email Address: breedt@svcc.edu
    X X X
    l. Tuition assistance counseling
    Contact Name: Kristina Fordyce
    Department: Office of Financial Assistance
    Address: 173 IL Route 2, Dixon, IL 61021
    Telephone Number: 815-288-5511, ext 420
    Email Address: fordyck@svcc.edu
    X X X
    1. Montgomery GI Bill X X X
    2. Illinois National Guard
    Grant (ING)
    X X X
    3. Illinois Veterans Grant
    (IVG)
    X X X
    4. Post 9/11 X X X
    m. Transition assistance
    (counseling, housing, etc.)
    Contact Name: Thomas Breed
    Department: Counseling
    Address: 173 IL Route 2, Dixon, IL 61021
    Telephone Number: 815-288-5511, ext. 390
    Email Address: breedt@svcc.edu
    X X X
    n. Veteran student lounge or
    designated gathering space
    Contact Name
    Department
    Address
    Telephone Number
    Email Address
    NA NA NA
    o. Other (please describe)
    Quad Cities VetCenter
    Readjustment Counseling Services
    Contact Name: Pleschette "Nickki" Butler
    Department: Counseling
    Address: 173 IL Route 2, Dixon, IL 61021
    Telephone Number: 815-288-5511, or 309-762-6954
    Email Address: pleshette.butler@va.gov
    X X X
  6. Please estimate to the best of your knowledge the percent increase for each of the following in 5 years. 
    ServiceVeteransMilitary
    Personnel
    Families
    a. Academic advising 45 25 25
    b. Academic support/tutoring 35 25 25
    c. Campus social events 35 20 10
    d. Career services 45 25 25
    e. Counseling 45 35 25
    f. Disability Service Office 35 25 25
    g. Employment assistance 45 25 25
    h. Financial aid assistance
    counseling (excluding
    Montgomery GI, IVG, ING,
    or Post 9/11)
    30 30 30
    i. Health services NA NA NA
    j. Mentoring NA NA NA
    k. Orientation 40 25 25
    l. Tuition assistance counseling 45 25 25
    1. Montgomery GI Bill 40 30 15
    2. Illinois National Guard Grant
    (ING)
    40 40 20
    3. Illinois Veterans Grant (IVG) 45 40 20
    4. Post 9/11 40 40 30
    m. Transition assistance
    (counseling, housing, etc.)
    45 40 30
    n. Veteran student lounge or
    designated gathering space
    NA NA NA
    o. Other (please describe)
    Student Veterans Organization
    50 20 10
  7. Please estimate to the best of your knowledge the percent increase for each of the following in 10 years. 
    ServiceVeteransMilitary
    Personnel
    Families
    a. Academic advising 50 30 30
    b. Academic support/tutoring 40 20 20
    c. Campus social events 30 25 10
    d. Career services 40 25 20
    e. Counseling 50 40 40
    f. Disability Service Office 30 20 20
    g. Employment assistance 40 25 20
    h. Financial aid assistance
    counseling (excluding
    Montgomery GI, IVG, ING,
    or Post 9/11)
    50 35 50
    i. Health services NA NA NA
    j. Mentoring NA NA NA
    k. Orientation 50 25 50
    l. Tuition assistance counseling 50 50 50
    1. Montgomery GI Bill 40 40 10
    2. Illinois National Guard Grant
    (ING)
    50 40 20
    3. Illinois Veterans Grant (IVG) 50 50 20
    4. Post 9/11 70 70 40
    m. Transition assistance
    (counseling, housing, etc.)
    60 60 50
    n. Veteran student lounge or
    designated gathering space
    NA NA NA
    o. Other (please describe)
    Student Veterans Organization
    50 35 20
  8. Please indicate which of the following services are provided.  Check all that apply.

    • On-campus counseling services
  9. Please indicate which of the following communication methods are used to inform currently enrolled veterans, military personnel and their families about programs and services available to them.  Check all that apply
  10. Please describe how your institution tracks or intends to track retention and goal completion of veterans and military personnel.

    All new veteran students or active duty personnel and/or their family members that are receiving financial benefits are required to have an academic plan created through the Coordinator of Veterans and Military Personnel Services.  This academic plan is used to monitor the veteran student’s academic progress towards their stated educational goals and assist the student in understanding the timeline for completion of the student’s degree or certificate.  If a student receiving veteran’s benefits changes their educational goal (i.e. changing major or degree level), a new academic plan is created.  This academic plan is also used to verify the courses the veteran student is enrolled in for that semester, and they meet the eligibility requirements specified for receiving veteran benefits.

    Faculty have been apprised and trained on the college’s Early Alert System (EAS) to refer students who are experiencing academic difficulty or behavioral concerns in the classroom.  This allows the Coordinator of Veterans and Military Personnel Services to engage interventions to assist the veteran student with necessary corrective actions to enable the student to have a positive completion of their course(s).  Additionally, reports are run weekly by the Vets Affairs/Financial Assistance Specialist to verify enrollment and detect any course withdrawals that may have occurred during that time-span.  If a student has withdrawn from a course, follow-up actions will be taken by the Coordinator of Veterans and Military Personnel Services to determine the reason for the withdrawal and if course reinstatement options are available.

    Graduating students receiving military benefits, or who are identified as veterans or family members of military personnel, are identified through a report initiated at the end of each semester by the Vets Affairs/Financial Assistance Specialist.  This report is used for annual audits by the Veterans Administration, annual reports, and to close out active files.

  11. Please indicate which accommodations are made for students called to active duty during the semester.
  12. Please indicate which accommodations are made for families of military personnel called to active duty during the semester.
  13. When called to active duty during the semester, would the semester count as a withdrawal?
  14. Does your institution accept military credit?
  15. Does your institution use the ACE Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services in making the determination for accepting credit?
  16. Does your institution accept Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) credits?
  17. Is professional development training related to veterans or military personnel issues available to administrators and faculty?
  18. Please provide the URL where an individual may access this survey on your institution’s website. Please send the link to Jennifer Timmons (ICCB) at Jennifer.timmons@illinois.gov, Edie Long (DVA) at Edie.long@illinois.gov, and Yock Tan (IBHE) at tan@ibhe.org.

    http://www.svcc.edu/UserMenu/potential/veterans/services-survey.html

  19. Please send a copy of the survey as soon as possible, but no later than October 31, 2009, to:
    • the Illinois Board of Higher Education;   
      Candace Mueller
      431 East Adams, 2nd floor
      Springfield, IL  62701
    • the Department of Veterans’ Affairs;
      Edie Long
      833 South Spring Street
      P.O. Box 19432
      Springfield, IL  62794
    • the President and Minority Leader of the Senate;
      Senate President, John Cullerton
      327 State House
      Springfield, IL  62706
      Minority Leader, Christine Radogno
      309A State House
      Springfield, IL 62706
    • the Speaker and Minority Leader of the House of Representatives; and
      Speaker, Michael Madigan
      300 State House
      Springfield, IL  62706
      Minority Leader, Tom Cross
      316 State House
      Springfield, IL  62706
    • The Governor.
      Office of the Governor
      207 State House
      Springfield, IL  62706