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ERIC Number: ED566639
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 263
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3394-6815-0
Integrative Leadership in Higher Education: Meeting the Needs of Student Veterans
Earls, Jamie Elizabeth
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Central Arkansas
Since the attacks on September 11, 2001, over two million men and women have deployed as part of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and Operation New Dawn (OND). In 2011 there were more than half a million veterans of OEF/OIF enrolled in college. Soldiers face many issues when returning home from war. This qualitative multi-site case study explored the experiences of student veterans in higher education through semi-structured interviews using currently enrolled combat veterans and veterans' services coordinators at three post-secondary institutions in Arkansas. The literature suggested veterans needs vary based upon their individual experiences; however, the underlying conclusion of the interview data in this research study is that higher education is poised to provide a structure through which to meet the needs of student veterans. The findings produced four major categories that revealed the needs and challenges student veterans face; resources and sources of support for student veterans; suggestions for improvement; and interactions of the student veterans with the campus community. Administrative support, advocates, and community participation are needed to provide comprehensive services for student veterans. Implications suggest higher education should work with community stakeholders, including government, private, and nonprofit organizations, in the reintegration of combat veterans and further recommend the establishment of a Veterans Center at each university as well as an orientation program, faculty and staff awareness training, and a student veteran organization. [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; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Arkansas