This qualitative study explores the transition experiences of Post-9/11 Era military veterans from active duty military service to college students for the purpose of adding to the body of knowledge about this student population. The subjects, who voluntarily offered to participate, were 15 community college student/veterans and 10 four-year institution student/veterans. Each interview was transcribed to create a written manuscript and the data was analyzed and coded. The themes which emerged from analysis of the interview transcripts were financial issues, interpersonal issues, academic issues, community issues, isolation, and inconsistency of information received from academic institutions.
Community college students reported high levels of interaction with faculty and virtually no interaction with other students, including other student/veterans, while the four-year institution students reported low levels of interaction with faculty, high levels of interaction with other student/veterans, and minimal interaction with nonveteran students. The information suggests the need and opportunity for future in-depth studies of the student/veteran transition experience.
|Commitee:||O'Connor, John, Rose, Todd|
|School:||George Mason University|
|Department:||Community College Education|
|School Location:||United States -- Virginia|
|Source:||DAI-A 75/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Community college education, Adult education, Higher education|
|Keywords:||College students, Military, Post-9/11 Era GI Bill, Student veterans, Transition, Veterans|
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