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Called to Serve: A Handbook on Student Veterans and Higher Education

ISBN: 978-1-118-17676-4
368 pages
November 2012, Jossey-Bass
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Over the past several years, veteran enrollment in universities, community colleges, and vocational programs has increased dramatically, with over a quarter million student veterans taking advantage of military-related educational benefits packages, which have become one of the few remaining federal sources of grant funds for students pursuing higher education. Yet existing literature on the topic harkens back to Vietnam era issues and practices, and current administrators and faculty members likely have little experience serving this population. Significant changes in higher education and wartime military personnel policies in the last 30 years necessitate a fresh look at how colleges and universities can best respond to the needs of student veterans. Examples of contemporary issues include current patterns of multiple deployments and returns and the accompanying stop-out and re-enrollment periods. Costs for students have risen, as have military educational benefit provisions and institutional incentives.

Building upon the long history of educating veterans, this comprehensive volume offers the most up-to-date scholarship and practical program guidance to help student affairs professionals, academic administrators, and faculty understand, serve, and support student veterans. It offers recommendations for enhancing and strengthening current campus efforts in serving veterans, planning additional services or programs, and—perhaps most importantly—coordinating the efforts of potentially disparate campus-based services and programs with community-based or government-sponsored veterans’ programs, services, and affiliated groups.
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Table of Contents

Preface: Setting the Context xi

About the Editors xix

About the Contributors xxi

1 The Military and Higher Education in the United States 1
Dexter Alexander and John R. Thelin

2 Contemporary Political and Legislative Frameworks for Serving Veterans and Service Members 20
Sally Caspers and Robert Ackerman

Vignette 39
Joshua Lang

3 Activations, Deployments, and Returns 41
Wade G. Livingston and Mark C. Bauman

Vignette 69
Nina Duong

4 Contemporary Student Veterans and Service Members: Enrollment Patterns and Student Engagement 71
Danielle M. DeSawal

Vignette 87
Sally Caspers

5 The Complexity of Veteran Identity: Understanding the Role of Gender, Race and Sexuality 89
Susan V. Iverson and Rachel Anderson

Vignette 114
Annie Rose Badder

6 Understanding Disability in the Student Veteran Community 116
Amanda Kraus and Nicholas A. Rattray

Vignette 138
Amanda Irish

7 Enrollment, Transfers, and Degree Completion for Veterans 140
John D. Mikelson and Kevin P. Saunders

Vignette 165
Jonathan Miller

8 Offices of Veterans and Military Services 167
Stephen G. Abel, Robert J. Bright, and R. M. Cooper

Vignette 198
Kathy Meyers

9 Focused Learning Environments for Student Veterans 201
Sarah Minnis, Stephanie Bondi, and Corey B. Rumann

Vignette 219
Paul F. Tschudi

10 Student Veterans Organizations and Student Self-Advocacy 221
Brian A. Hawthorne, Mark C. Bauman, and Leah Ewing Ross

Vignette 253
Joseph R. Sorge

11 Institutional Leadership on Serving Student Veterans and Service Members 255
Tom Jackson Jr., Charles J. Fey, and Leah Ewing Ross

Vignette 276
Nicholas J. Osborne

12 Promoting Organizational Change to Create a Veteran-Friendly Campus: A Case Study 278
Jan Arminio and Tomoko Kudo Grabosky

Conclusion: Looking Back, Moving Forward 301
Corey B. Rumann and Florence A. Hamrick

Glossary 307

Appendix: Military Ranks 312

Name Index 315

Subject Index 319

To the memory of Timmons Hicks Hamrick, Jr. (Radioman Second Class, U.S. Navy, 1943–1946).

To Anthony Vitale (Private First Class, U.S. Army, 1951–1953). To those who are called to serve. F.A.H.

To my father, Larry R. Rumann, and to the memory of Harland P. Topping and Cyril L. Rumann.

Thank you for your service to our country. C.B.R.

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Author Information

Florence A. Hamrick is a professor of educational psychology at the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She is coauthor with John Schuh and Nancy Evans of Foundations of Student Affairs Practice from Jossey-Bass.

Corey B. Rumann is an assistant professor of practice in the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

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“Whether readers are seeking simply to better understand the growing veteran population, identify ‘quick win’ opportunities to improve veteran-directed services using existing resources, or planning larger efforts to mobilize people and programs across the institution to support veterans, Called to Serve will provide them the direction they need to begin as well as helpful tools to guide them on an ongoing basis.” —Brian Bialkowski for Higher Ed Jobs
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