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Veterans in Higher Education: When Johnny and Jane Come Marching to Campus: ASHE Higher Education Report, Volume 37, Number 3

ISBN: 978-1-118-17311-4
168 pages
August 2011, Jossey-Bass
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It's estimated that, in the coming decade, as many as 2 million students with military experience will take advantage of their education benefits and attend institutions in all sectors of higher education. This monograph provides useful information about students with military experience who attending college by blending the theoretical, practical and empirical.

The authors assemble some of the best-known theories and research in the literature of the field to provide starting points from which to investigate the phenomenon of today's veteran attending college. Other frameworks and theories, particularly from the literature on college student development, from recognizable names such as Baxter Magolda, Braxton, Chickering, Schlossberg, and Tinto, are used--sometimes directly in their own words. New issues to our generation, such as the unique subpopulation of women veterans and the challenges they face, are explored.

This volume equips higher education professional with a fundamental understanding of the issues faced by the student veteran population and aims to enable them in their roles of providing sorely needed assistance in the transition to college, persistence at the institution, and degree attainment.

This is the third issue in the 37th volume of the Jossey-Bass series ASHE Higher Education Report. Each monograph in the series is the definitive analysis of a tough higher education problem, based on thorough research of pertinent literature and institutional experiences. Topics are identified by a national survey. Noted practitioners and scholars are then commissioned to write the reports, with experts providing critical reviews of each manuscript before publication.

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Table of Contents

Executive Summary ix

Foreword xiii

Acknowledgments xvii

Old Friends and New Faces 1

Home Alone? Applying Theories of Transition to Support Student Veterans' Success 7

A Model for Supporting Student Veterans’ Transition 11

Conclusion 17

Commentary from Nancy K. Schlossberg 18

What Matters to Veterans? Peer Influences and the Campus Environment 21

The Military Bond 21

Inputs, Environment, and Outcomes 22

Inputs, Environment, and Outcomes for Veterans 25

Peer Group Supports and Influences 27

Summary and Recommendations 29

Commentary from Alexander W. Astin 32

Transition 2.0: Using Tinto's Model to Understand Student Veterans' Persistence 35

Transition and Preentry Attributes 36

Goals and Commitments 40

Initial Institutional Experiences 41

Transition 2.0: Academic and Social Integration 44

Transition 2.0: Academic and Social Integration with the Campus Community 46

Career Services and the Student Veteran 47

New Goals and Intent to Persist 48

Critics of Academic and Social Integration 48

Conclusion 50

Commentary from John M. Braxton 51

Crisis of Identity? Veteran, Civilian, Student 53

Identity Development and Knowledge of Self 54

Self and Others 55

Multiple Roles and Intersecting Identities 56

Crisis, Exploration, and Commitment 59

Multiple Dimensions of Identity 59

Typologies 61

Conclusion 65

Commentary from Linda Reisser 66

Women Warriors: Supporting Female Student Veterans 69

Enduring Effects of Male Turf: Gender and Assumptions 72

Mothers and Warriors: Care and Justice 73

Into a College Environment: Developing a Voice 75

Help Seeking: Learning to Cope 77

Marching Together: Summary 78

Commentary from Margaret Baechtold 79

Ideas for a Self-Authorship Curriculum for Students with Military Experience 81

Classes for Veterans 84

Meaning Making and Self-Authorship 86

Concept Mapping for Curriculum Planning 86

Conclusion 90

Commentary from Marcia B. Baxter Magolda 91

Institutional Response to an Emerging Population of Veterans 95

EFA Factor One—Financial Matters 101

EFA Factor Two—Administrative and Strategic Planning 105

EFA Factor Three—Advising and Career Services 106

EFA Factor Four—Psychological Counseling Services 107

EFA Factor Five—Veterans Office on Campus 111

Conclusion 112

Concluding Thoughts 113

Appendix A: A Veteran's Essay 117

Appendix B: Example Syllabus 119

References 121

Name Index 135

Subject Index 139

About the Authors 143

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