Because the student veteran population brings unique experiences to the learning stage it is important to develop programs which accommodate these experiences. Engagement Services identify colleges and universities as being in a good position to assist student veterans with their education and their reintegration into civilian society. At the 2019 Conference on Improving College Education for Veterans, it was stated, “Effective reintegration into civilian society requires flexibility and adaptation, not only from the service member but from those in the community”. At the same conference, it was emphasized the need for institutions of higher education to recognize and utilise the human resources student veterans bring. Many noted that veterans can be instrumental in improving our global competitiveness and productivity by improving educational attainment. This was also mentioned by the author, who describes the learning process as being capable of being viewed from the perspective of “learner, processor context: considered together, we have a broadened understanding of the complex nature of learning in adulthood”.
Student veterans’ success relies not only on the individual student but also on the institution.
The unique campus culture of each institution is a potential stumbling block for some student veterans. A holistic approach by the institution is needed to address the needs of student veterans. Meeting these needs is not limited to one department but is a college-wide challenge and requires the coordinated efforts of all campus departments to support and serve this population. The need to develop inter-departmental programs requires a coordinated effort, knowledge, and ability to support and serve this population.
Institutions of higher education have the potential to increase enrollment by attracting eligible veterans. However, in return for the possibility of increased tuition, the institutions must be prepared to create a campus environment which will enhance the chances of the veterans’ academic and social success. Institutions will be well served by developing a campus environment that supports veterans. This, therefore, provides information about today’s student veteran population and their perceptions of their experiences as they transition from active duty military personnel to college students from a transformative learning perspective.
With our military out of Iraq and funding for global military operations on the decline, thousands of newly discharged men and women are trying to figure out “What’s next?” Most of our Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, and Sailors joined the military before their 21st birthday, and it’s often the only job they’ve ever held. While it’s […]
How HEI’s can respond to the needs of Veteran Students Student veterans are not a new presence on campus, but this population has the potential to increase as a result of the drawdown of conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq which will enable more veterans to participate in postsecondary education. The anticipated increase in the student […]
Because the student veteran population brings unique experiences to the learning stage it is important to develop programs which accommodate these experiences. Engagement Services identify colleges and universities as being in a good position to assist student veterans with their education and their reintegration into civilian society. At the 2019 Conference on Improving College Education […]
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), not to be confused with traumatic brain injury (TBI), is another challenge facing many student veterans. This condition is often not readily apparent to those interacting with the student veterans and yet affects a person’s interaction with others and outlook on life as reported in a 2008 monograph entitled Invisible Wounds […]
Multiple definitions for what constitutes an adult learner exists. As early as 20 years ago, many described non-traditional students as including those who were employed full-time had dependents and were financially independent of their parents. Nontraditional college students have been identified as “adults beginning or continuing their enrollment as college students at a later-than-typical age”. […]
Transition involves reintegration into the civilian community after active duty service. The changes from life in the military community to life as a civilian may include relocation, loss of social support systems, reintegration into a civilian lifestyle, different or nonexistent health care services, and possibly a new job or career path. While adjusting to the […]