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ERIC Number: ED522645
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 157
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1242-6594-0
Female Military Spouses Who Are Nontraditional Students: Why They Leave Higher Education and What Supports and Services Would Assist Them in Returning to Complete Their Higher Education Goals
Jorgenson, Linn L.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Fielding Graduate University
The American College Testing Program (ACT) reported that approximately 48% of students who enroll in college depart after their first year. Nontraditional students have a higher departure rate than traditional students. One such nontraditional group of students consists of female spouses of military personnel. These spouses are frequently involved in unexpected relocation, family separation, remote tours of service, long-term separation from extended families, and residence in foreign countries. The literature reports that approximately 87% of these spouses list education as a personal goal. This study examined the enrollment in and departure from higher education programs by female spouses of military personnel. The study used a mixed-methods, action-oriented research model, gathering data via a 27-item survey. Respondents were 151 female spouses of active duty military members, 25 years of age or older, who had discontinued their education in a college or university setting. The respondents reported that they had left higher education because of having children, frequency of moves, financial reasons, no time for school, job demands, and the absence of degree programs in their new location. They identified supports and services that would assist them in returning to higher education: flexible course times, more frequent course offerings, better financial assistance, improved course offerings, and improved career counseling. Study results will be shared with stakeholders involved in funding, course and program selection, and military base support services, with the intent to assist in providing appropriate resources to help female military spouses to achieve their higher education goals. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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