ERIC Number: EJ1176083
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Preventing Student Veteran Attrition: What More Can We Do?
Alschuler, Mari; Yarab, Jessica
Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, v20 n1 p47-66 May 2018
Student veterans face many challenges when transitioning to college. This two-phase study first examined their retention and persistence through the use of archival data at one Midwestern public university. Results indicated a 50% graduation rate, comparable to the national average and above that for nonveterans at the same university. The second, phenomenological study entailed interviewing degree-seeking student veterans about personal, administrative, or academic issues related to college success. Emerging themes included (a) transitioning to civilian life; (b) managing multiple identities; (c) attitudes about civilian peers, faculty, and staff; and (d) medical or psychiatric issues that may interfere with retention or persistence. Interviewees recommended the university might help student veterans succeed by offering a faculty and student orientation on military culture, increasing interdepartmental communication within student affairs' various offices, and expanding services provided by the campus veteran's resource center.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Veterans, Prevention, Student Attrition, Graduation Rate, Interviews, Academic Achievement, Phenomenology, Academic Persistence, Self Concept, Social Adjustment, Student Attitudes, Peer Relationship, Teacher Student Relationship, Nontraditional Students, Social Isolation, Physical Health, Mental Health, Help Seeking, Social Bias, Archives, Data Analysis, Stopouts, Student Financial Aid, Focus Groups, Coding
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Education Level: Higher Education
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