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What VA chapter am I? How much VA money am I eligible for?

Education programs administered by VA include:


Please visit the Military Aid site for eligibility and benefits information.


For additional information about these chapters like payment rates, please visit the VA website at www.gibill.va.gov/GI_Bill_Info/rates.htm.

What will happen during my session?

Each session is different because each writer and paper is different.  With that said, you should keep in mind that the Writing Center is NOT a place where you can drop off your work to be edited or proofread.  Nor is it a place you visit to "fix" your paper.  The Writing Center is a place of interaction and collaboration, a place where you take an active role in the work, a place where your growth as a writer is emphasized, rather than your grade on a particular assignment.  Put another way, the Writing Center is a non-directive, non-evaluative place.  We surely won't criticize or ridicule you or your work, and we will not tell you what to do to ensure a good grade.  Instead, we will work to empower you as a writer.  We will consult with you as you turn a critical eye toward - and thereby improve - your own writing.


To this end, you can expect to do your share of talking during your session, as we (the consultants) will start by asking a lot of questions.  We'll ask about the assignment, about the class, about your experience as a writer, about your strengths and weaknesses as you understand them, about your fears.  We'll ask these kinds of questions - and many more - because our goal is to help you improve from wherever you are as a writer, not where we wish you were.  So to help you, we need to understand where you are, both as a writer and thinker.  We need to know what makes sense to you and what doesn't, what you do well and what you find difficult, what you have written before and what you haven't.  This way, we will be better able to set a realistic agenda for your session and plan effectively for future sessions.  Also, the more you talk, the better you will understand your own writing and how you can improve.


You can also expect us to read your work or ask you to read your work aloud to us.  And afterward, the kinds of suggestions we offer may surprise you.  We will start by identifying elements of your work that seem particularly strong to us, things you can build on and do more often in your work.  Then we will point out things that confuse us, places where you lose us, passages that are hard to read, sections that seem wordy, choppy, or clunky.  Finally, we will discuss how you might revise your work to address those weak spots, based on the assignment and your objectives as a writer and/or scholar.  Your session in the Writing Center will resemble a one-on-one writing workshop.  The decisions about what to do with your writing will be yours to make.  But you will have a wealth of new knowledge and understanding at your disposal, as well as your Writing Center consultant.

When and where are courses offered?

All accepted applicants begin the program in the summer semester with day classes at Doane’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies in Lincoln. In the fall semester students complete 150 hours in a school setting in the area in which they wish to be certified. In the spring semester candidates participate in full-time student teaching in a classroom where they are assigned. The following summer, students complete the program.

When are grades posted?

This information is posted on Academic Calendar.

When can I move in?

Students are able to move into the residence halls 24 hours prior to classes beginning. For fall 2012, move-in day is 8am-12pm Sunday, August 12th for fall athletes. New students may move in 8am-12pm Thursday, August 23rd. Returning students may move in 8am-12pm Sunday, August 26th at 8am.

When can I move in?

Students are able to move into the residence halls 24 hours prior to classes beginning. For fall 2012, move-in day is 8am-12pm Sunday, August 12th for fall athletes. New students may move in 8am-12pm Thursday, August 23rd.  Returning students may move in 8am-12pm Sunday, August 26th at 8am.

When do classes meet?

Fall and spring semester classes meet one night a week for the semester. Summer classes meet 8:00 am – 5:30 pm Monday – Friday for a one-week period for a three credit hour course. Additional work is required past the one week arranged meeting time for summer courses.

When do I have to move out?

Students must be out of the residence halls 24 hours after their last final exam of each term. Proper check-out procedures must be followed. A list of these procedures is found in the Student Handbook.

When do I have to move out?

Students must be out of the residence halls 24 hours after their last final exam of each term. Proper check-out procedures must be followed. A list of these procedures is found in the Student Handbook.

When do the cadres meet?

During the two-year program, a cadre meets each summer and then in a weekend format during the school year. In addition, there are cluster meetings that will be scheduled each semester as a way for learning opportunities and conversations to extend beyond the classroom. Students must commit to be in attendance at all classes. Year 1 cadres meet for a 6 credit hour class for three weeks in June, weekend seminars in the fall and spring. Year 2 cadres have a 3 credit hour internship in May/June and a 6 credit hour class meeting for 3 weeks in July, weekend seminars in the fall and spring.


In addition, students complete three “stand-alone” classes during the two-year program.

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