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ERIC Number: ED505982
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 63
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
From Soldier to Student: Easing the Transition of Service Members on Campus
Cook, Bryan J.; Kim, Young
American Association of State Colleges and Universities
This report offers a first-of-its-kind national snapshot of the programs, services, and policies that campuses have in place to serve veterans and military personnel. The partner organizations hope that it will prompt colleges and universities to follow California State University Chancellor Charlie Reed's advice and take a close look at their own programs and services, benchmarking them against the national data presented here so that they will be ready to help those who have done so much to serve their country. This report represents the first attempt to assess the current state of programs and services for veterans on campuses across the nation, based on survey results from 723 institutions. It will help campus leaders understand "the state of the art" among the most veteran-friendly campuses, recognize factors that appear to influence the level of service campuses provide, and identify gaps in their own offerings. The survey results are presented in different ways in the first three chapters: overall and by institution type; by level of veteran/military enrollment; and by the presence of an office dedicated to serving veterans and service members. Chapter Four presents qualitative information on student veterans' perspectives, drawn from several national focus groups. Summarized results and tentative conclusions appear in Chapter Five. To ease the response burden on institutions that do not offer programs and services specifically for veterans, the survey asked only a few questions of these institutions, which are covered in the first section of Chapters One and Two. All subsequent sections summarize responses from institutions that offer any programs or services for veterans and service members. Appended are: (1) Veterans Survey Data Summary (By Institution Type); and (2) Survey Instrument. (Contains 15 figures and 1 table.) [Contributors to this report were Jacqueline E. King; Kathy M. Snead; Lesley McBain; Zaneeta E. Daver; Daryl Levine; and Faith DesLauriers.]
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Lumina Foundation for Education
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education; Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges; American Association of State Colleges and Universities; NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education; National Association of Veterans' Program Administrators (NAVPA)