The Texas Veterans Higher Education Symposium convenes veterans, higher education administrators, military leaders, state officials, health care providers, and others who offer services to veterans throughout the state in order to share best practices. The goal of the Symposium is to connect local, state, and national support services for higher education institutions with student veterans and military-connected students. Additionally, the Symposium is an opportunity to increase communication and collaboration across the state, while bringing together institutions of higher education and the two largest systems of education in the state of Texas supporting veterans.
In 2017, the first joint Symposium between The University of Texas System and The Texas A&M University System was held. At the 10th Annual Symposium in 2018, there were over 200 individuals in attendance, with prominent guest speakers including Texas State Senator Donna Campbell, District 25; Robert Worley, Director of Education at the U.S. Veterans Benefits Administration; Christopher Sandles, Chief Executive Officer at Central Texas VA Health Care System; and Darin Selnik, Veteran Affairs Adviser for the White House’s Domestic Policy Council. The theme for the 10th Annual Symposium in 2018 was “Transitioning” and topics discussed included women veterans, healthcare, mental health, employment, education, student veterans, and skills bridging.
The 11th Annual Symposium will focus on “Measuring Student Veteran Success” and will be held October 2-3, 2019 at Texas A&M University, College Station.