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ERIC Number: ED534663
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 210
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-2670-4060-2
Engagement of Community College Student Veterans: A Mixed-Methods Study
McDonald, Martha A.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, California State University, Fullerton
This mixed-methods study focused on the engagement of student veterans at a community college and sought to understand the factors that contribute to the involvement and success of student veterans at a California community college. Using a sequential explanatory design, the methodology involved written surveys and focus group interviews to investigate how veterans perceive their level of engagement and to determine the relationship of engagement to academic successes as measured by cumulative GPA. Based on both the quantitative and qualitative analyses, four themes emerged: (a) engagement is meaningful to student veterans, (b) veterans are dedicated learners, (c) veterans expect academic challenges, and (d) student veterans need and appreciate a supportive learning environment. The results of this study provide researchers and practitioners with a better understanding of the student veteran population, their level of engagement, and their academic outcomes. The results can be used to initiate veterans' educational support programs, to improve services for this unique student population, and to create a campus environment for student veterans that promote student learning and success. [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: Higher Education
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Language: English
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