ERIC Number: EJ931807
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Reference Count: 16
A Proactive Approach to Serving Military and Veteran Students
Moon, Tracey L.; Schma, Geraldine A.
New Directions for Higher Education, n153 p53-60 Spr 2011
With the introduction of the Post 9/11 GI Bill in August 2009, Veterans Affairs anticipated a 25% increase in the number of service members who would enroll in higher education (Student Affairs Leadership Council, 2009). Between fall 2005 and spring 2010 semesters, Western Michigan University (WMU; Kalamazoo, MI) experienced a 43% boom, from just over 300 to just fewer than 500 students representing this population (Western Michigan University, 2010). In anticipation of and response to the unique needs of this special group of adult learners, Western Michigan University created an office to offer resources and support to military and veteran students by coordinating student services providers from across campus and the local community. The philosophies and practices of the WMU administration, faculty, and staff have resulted in 2009 WMU earning recognition as a "Military Friendly Institution" by two different national publications (KMI Media Group, 2009; Victory Media, Inc., 2010). In this chapter, the authors present an overview of the history of the office and the development of the System of Care, the status of the office and programs, and goals for future development and services to meet the ongoing needs of military and veteran students on college campuses.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Adult Learning, Adult Students, Veterans, Higher Education, Colleges, Enrollment, Student Needs, Military Personnel, Academic Support Services
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: G I Bill