OL 3200.01: Serving the Military-Connected Student

  • 01/01/2023 - 12/31/2023

In your line of work, you will likely encounter students with a connection to the U.S. Armed Forces: currently serving members, former members, retirees, or dependents. This course will introduce you to the population of military-connected students at Penn State and how faculty and staff can best support them.

Course Objectives

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  • identify general demographics pertaining to military and veteran students at Penn State
  • name the branches of service and identify a distinguishing characteristic of each
  • describe key differences between active-duty and guard/reserve components
  • identify challenges commonly faced by military members and their families
  • recognize the faculty/staff role in military student success
  • list common expectations military and veteran students may have of faculty and staff
  • direct students to available resources
  • examine your course syllabus for opportunities to clarify expectations, requirements, policies, etc.
  • reflect on your personal approach to accommodating students when course interruptions arise
  • review existing Penn State policies regarding military students
  • identify the most appropriate response to meet student needs, given a scenario
  • Number: OL 3200.01
  • Category: e Learner and Learning
  • Mode: Self-Guided
  • Duration: 30 Days
  • Time Commitment: 3-5 hours