Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An Exploratory Study of the Transition Experiences of Post-9/11 GI Bill Era Student/Veterans From Active Duty Military Service to College Student
by Falkey, Mary E., D.A., George Mason University, 2014, 225; 3625139
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Salmon, Victoria
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
Publication Number: 3625139
ISBN: 978-1-303-99591-0
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