ERIC Number: EJ1066984
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Supporting Student Veteran Transition to College and Academic Success
Kirchner, Michael J.
Adult Learning, v26 n3 p116-123 Aug 2015
Veterans enrolled in college face unique challenges compared with those of traditional students. Their experiences and perspectives, coupled with battling stereotypes and entering an unstructured college setting, contribute toward what can be a difficult transition. Student veteran organizations, veteran resource centers, veteran-specific orientations, and faculty training are relatively new approaches used by universities and have not been well-researched or reported. Educators need to be aware of the currently offered services and prepared to establish a safe environment for student veterans in their classrooms. By acknowledging student veterans and understanding how to support them in the classroom, education providers may be less concerned about the veteran stereotypes that persist today. This article provides adult educators with an overview of student veterans and their transition into college, offers suggestions to ease veterans' adjustment to the classroom, and provides research opportunities for faculty to further advance higher education's understanding of student veterans.
Descriptors: Veterans, Transitional Programs, Academic Support Services, Student Personnel Services, School Support, Campuses, Teacher Student Relationship, Research Opportunities, Special Needs Students, Educational Practices, Educational Strategies, Adult Education
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Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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