The purpose of this study was to identify the postsecondary institutional factors that contribute to military students’ ability to graduate and affect the students’ academic success. Research was conducted at a known military-friendly postsecondary institution with long-standing history of educating military students for over 40 years. An explanatory sequential mixed methods research approach involved conducting an intensive literature review, a Likert-type survey, and follow-on interviews with faculty and administrators. The data analysis consisted of factor analysis, descriptive statistics, and qualitative thematic coding of interviews and revealed five main factors that determine military students’ ability to graduate from a postsecondary institution. The five dimensions of military retention were found to be transition assistance, perceptions, finance, academics, and extracurricular offerings. Each of these military student retention dimensions may positively impact military students’ experience, thus impinging on the students’ success. Just as military service members have a duty to serve, those in the education field feel compelled to provide outreach to military students as the latter undergo a professional transformation in obtaining a new identity. Triangulated research revealed the dimension of perception is present throughout a military students’ decision to enter, forego an identity crisis, and pursue a postsecondary degree while the dimensions of transition assistance, finance, academics, and extracurricular offerings are synergistic in producing a culture to foster military student postsecondary education graduates.
|Commitee:||Evans, Sally, Gallagher, J. Paul|
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 76/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational leadership, Higher education, Military studies|
|Keywords:||Military education and degree, Military retention, Military students, Professional transformation, Retention dimensions, Student success|
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