Concord University Accepts ‘5 Star Challenge’ In Support Of Student Veterans

For Immediate Release: 
Sep 16 2015

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312,         





ATHENS, W.Va. – Continuing a tradition of support for student veterans, Concord University has accepted the “5 Star Challenge.”

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and West Virginia Community and Technical College System recently announced the initiative which is a call to action for West Virginia’s public colleges and universities to adopt a set of exemplary standards that support student veterans and their families.

The challenge is a tribute to the military tradition of issuing “challenge coins” to service members who exemplify the values and standards of their military units. Colleges and universities that accept the challenge will be presented with a “5 Star Challenge Coin” during ceremonies to occur the week of Veterans Day.

Lisa Spencer, Concord University’s veterans certifying official, said that for Concord, accepting the “5 Star Challenge” is a new emphasis on the University’s rich tradition of offering a veteran friendly campus and assisting veterans, military personnel and their families in the pursuit of higher education.

Schools accepting the challenge signify their support for: 1) signed commitments from college and university presidents, 2) a focus on increasing access and affordability to higher education for student veterans, 3) increased academic support, 4) enhancing social networks for veterans on campuses, and 5) greater collaboration with community organizations working to meet the needs of military service members.

A detailed outline of the challenge can be found by visiting, the state’s free college- and career-planning website.

The “5 Star Challenge” is an initiative of the Office of Veterans Education and Training Programs, within the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s Division of Student Affairs.


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