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house Bill H.R. 2196

Should the Required Credit Hours for a Veterans' STEM Scholarship Program Be Reduced?

Argument in favor

STEM careers are a growing segment of the U.S. economy, and veterans’ GI Bill benefits should help them gain the educational credentials they need for STEM careers. Currently, the 128 semester credit hour requirement for the Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship program is too high, making most veterans unable to utilize it.

Kodiwodi's Opinion
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06/24/2019
I have no issues with this and will support this effort to allow our vets to complete their education in STEM areas by decreasing the credit hour requirements for scholarships. I read the bill. This is an unnecessarily high number of credit hours for a scholarship and is not the norm across the country. They are not dumbing down the Vets with this decrease of credit hours.
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jimK's Opinion
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06/24/2019
Lowering the credit hour requirements allows more veterans to benefit from this program. Lowering the credit hours does mean less sponsored education for those selected; true. Since there is no increased funding for this program, it also means that more veterans will be able to participate.
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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06/24/2019
YES by All Means YES Extend Veterans STEM Benefits STEM careers are a growing segment of the U.S. economy, and veterans’ GI Bill benefits should help them gain the educational credentials they need for STEM careers. Currently, the 128 semester credit hour requirement for the Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship program is too high, making most veterans unable to utilize it. SneakyPete.......... 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. 6.24.19..........
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Argument opposed

The VA already expects to disburse all the funding it’s received for the Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship program each year, which proves that the program is reaching eligible veterans. Lowering the semester credit requirement for this scholarship won’t make more veterans able to access its benefits if the VA’s already distributing all of its funds under it.

Lionman's Opinion
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06/24/2019
Please actually read the bill. We’re not reducing or increasing the number of Vets in the program, or paying more or less money; we’re just making them learn less for their degree. I don’t think we want to lower the bar.
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I.Got.an.Idea...'s Opinion
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06/24/2019
The Scholarship is provided to veterans as a benefit and respect for serving. Degree credit hours are industry standards by accreditation boards. The credit hours to obtain the degree should not be reduced for an accredited degree. The schools should with with accreditation board to create new accredited degrees that require less credit hours to attain. This could be accomplished by providing a Bachelors of Arts ( Lower credit hours) vs. a Bachelors of Science (Higher credit hours). In this manner veteran students can have more options to obtain degrees. Also, if a Student obtains a B.A., they could likely take additional online or night or weekend courses while working, to obtain the B.S. degree.
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Bob's Opinion
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06/24/2019
Education policies should be decided by the schools themselves and government should not fund or regulate them at all.
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  • EnactedJuly 31st, 2019
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed on a voice vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
  • The house Passed on a voice vote
      house Committees
      Economic Opportunity
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
    IntroducedApril 10th, 2019
    I have no issues with this and will support this effort to allow our vets to complete their education in STEM areas by decreasing the credit hour requirements for scholarships. I read the bill. This is an unnecessarily high number of credit hours for a scholarship and is not the norm across the country. They are not dumbing down the Vets with this decrease of credit hours.
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    Please actually read the bill. We’re not reducing or increasing the number of Vets in the program, or paying more or less money; we’re just making them learn less for their degree. I don’t think we want to lower the bar.
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    Lowering the credit hour requirements allows more veterans to benefit from this program. Lowering the credit hours does mean less sponsored education for those selected; true. Since there is no increased funding for this program, it also means that more veterans will be able to participate.
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    YES by All Means YES Extend Veterans STEM Benefits STEM careers are a growing segment of the U.S. economy, and veterans’ GI Bill benefits should help them gain the educational credentials they need for STEM careers. Currently, the 128 semester credit hour requirement for the Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship program is too high, making most veterans unable to utilize it. SneakyPete.......... 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. 6.24.19..........
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    A 128 credit hour requirement for this scholarship is unnecessary. Plenty of STEM programs across the country will require less than that. Let’s ensure that veterans are able to easily access the funds to complete a STEM program anywhere in the country!
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    The Scholarship is provided to veterans as a benefit and respect for serving. Degree credit hours are industry standards by accreditation boards. The credit hours to obtain the degree should not be reduced for an accredited degree. The schools should with with accreditation board to create new accredited degrees that require less credit hours to attain. This could be accomplished by providing a Bachelors of Arts ( Lower credit hours) vs. a Bachelors of Science (Higher credit hours). In this manner veteran students can have more options to obtain degrees. Also, if a Student obtains a B.A., they could likely take additional online or night or weekend courses while working, to obtain the B.S. degree.
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    I will support this proposal to encourage veteran opportunities.
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    Education policies should be decided by the schools themselves and government should not fund or regulate them at all.
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    As a Vet I’m not sure where I stand in this yet! Is someone out there calling Vets stupid and thus needing to lower standards? I wait and read comments from other Vets! Sneaky Pete! CombatVeteran! Your input please?
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    Makes sense. If veterans in only 3 states can participate than the program it isn’t accurately representing the veteran population whether they’re getting enough applications or not.
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    This will allow more veterans more opportunities to higher paying jobs!
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    This is good legislation for veterans.
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    They deserve a break.
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    This is about reducing a requirement to qualify for a scholarship, not reducing credit hours to qualify for a degree. Right? Then yes by all means make that money available to as many veterans as we can.
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    Maintaining standards is very important. This change is not necessary to benefit the program. Perhaps, it needs a funding increase instead.
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    Despite the fact that the for-profit college industry will exploit this loophole and we will have entrapped another generation in the University of Phoenix student debt club. There is absolutely no agreement in what criteria is used in defining authentic STEM education or which industry these reduced credit degrees would align with. I have, quite literally, seen and been asked to review an entire lesson module devoted to the analysis of shopping cart wheels as an example of STEM education. And this is not the worst learning module I have had the unfortunate experience of being asked to review. The Three Little Pigs college STEM learning module comes to mind... While the learning may be engaging, and even humorous in its approach, it simply isn’t the training that gets people jobs in the industry. Please trust me on this one.... I have fought for authentic STEM education for the better part of 6 years, and those who know me, know how hard I am willing to fight for education. The quality of these so-called reduced credit STEM degrees could/would vary greatly. Besides, there are already Nanodegrees offered in STEM fields from places like Udacity. Those programs actually work. Build competency based STEM training systems with industry leaders having a say in defining depth and scope of the curriculum.
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    I read one, it said that all of the funds for this are being dispersed each year so there's no need to lower the credit requirements for graduation. That is not the point. All of the funds being distribute head is a good thing. But lowering the Class Credit load makes it easier for the students to meet the requirements and finish the courses. If the course credit loads are too high it tends to Foster dropping out. Credit levels need to be realistic so that these people are able to take the courses and get the degrees and still have jobs and lives while they're doing it.
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    No. There is a reason why some curriculum mandates more and pushes individuals to work hard to be the best they can. Strong curriculum isn’t intended for individuals to fail but to work hard to achieve. Something that is too easily given ends up not being appreciated. An adage notes the lazy man’s way ends up being harder work requiring every lie and wrong deed to be covered up by another and another. Individuals in the military and veterans realize this and they already appreciate hard work and discipline.
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    This proposal should be passed in the House and Senate. Veterans need help to participate and we need skilled nurses. It’s a win-win!
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    No need for the extra hours. Already be all you can be.
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