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Veterans on Campus: Uncovering the Experiences of Student Veterans at a Midsized Liberal Arts University

Herren, Alexandra and Leake, Valerie and Werth, James and Bucy, Jayne Veterans on Campus: Uncovering the Experiences of Student Veterans at a Midsized Liberal Arts University. [Dissertation]

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Abstract

Many veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) are starting or returning to college after active military service. According to a survey of soldiers in the 1/34 Brigade Combat Team 79.8% were interested in starting or returning to college (Pfeffer, 2007). However, veterans' experiences are vastly different than those of typical college students; consequently military service members have needs that are not met in new student orientations. Additionally, student veterans have strengths and assets that most college students do not possess. There are a limited number of studies examining the experiences of veterans entering or re-entering college and the existing studies looked at veterans attending large universities or community colleges, which leaves a gap in the research of what happens for veterans attending midsized liberal arts universities (Ackerman, DiRamio, & Mitchell, 2009; Rumann & Hamrick, 2010). The present study used the qualitative method of grounded theory to uncover the themes of service members’ experiences on midsized liberal arts campus and thus develop an understanding of what supports would be beneficial to veterans on entering or re-entering post-secondary education and what strengths veterans believe they have developed through their military experience. Some of the themes that were revealed include student veterans’ perceptions of fellow students’ and veterans not in college attitudes, attitudes towards other students, disclosure of their veteran status to students and faculty, awareness of other student veterans, post-graduation plans, and special services that student veterans feel would be helpful. Keywords: student veterans, military, grounded theory, social support

Item Type: Dissertation
Uncontrolled Keywords: student veterans, military, grounded theory, social support
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
Divisions: UNSPECIFIED
Depositing User: Alexandra M. Herren
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2014 13:57
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2014 13:57
URI: http://wagner.radford.edu/id/eprint/134

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