Wesleyan Leaves Posse Program

Program says it lost some of its ability to recruit veterans during the pandemic but is coming back strong.

July 18, 2022
The Posse logo, white letters on an orange field.

Wesleyan University is dropping out of the Posse program for veterans, the only Posse program in which it participated.

Wesleyan started with the program in 2013.

Posse recruits groups of students for colleges, who enroll as a cohort to provide support for one another. The program is best known for its recruitment of groups of disadvantaged students.

Wesleyan released this statement about its decision: “Wesleyan University has ended its veteran recruitment partnership with the Posse Foundation because the university believes it will more successfully recruit military veterans outside the foundation’s framework. This change will have no impact, financially or otherwise, on the incoming or current Posse students, as both Wesleyan and the Posse team are committed to their ongoing success on campus and as lifelong alumni. Wesleyan has enjoyed working with Posse and is proud of the students’ collective accomplishments in the military, at Wesleyan, and beyond. While Wesleyan has ended Posse recruitment, the university is actively pursuing other partnerships to ensure it can continue to enroll and support veterans who seek a pragmatic liberal education. Wesleyan remains committed to expanding opportunities that will foster an inclusive environment that includes veterans.”

There are currently three universities in the veterans’ program: Case Western Reserve and Texas A&M Universities, and the University of Virginia.

Deborah Bial, president of Posse, said the program has evolved over the years. “Some colleges joined and some have left,” she said.

During the pandemic, she said, travel difficulties made it hard to recruit for the program.

But she said Posse has recruited “the most impressive group of men and women” for the veterans’ program.

While it is down to three groups this next year (not counting Wesleyan, which also has a new group), Bial predicted that it would double in size “in the next year or two.”

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