ERIC Number: EJ970001
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Reference Count: 2
Considering Student Veterans on the Twenty-First-Century College Campus
Vacchi, David T.
About Campus, v17 n2 p15-21 May-Jun 2012
The new GI Bill offers the best educational benefits for veterans in the history of the nation. While many campus officials believe a surge of student veterans is under way, 2012 is the first year of college eligibility for veterans who enlisted specifically for the Post 9-11 GI Bill benefits signed into law in the summer of 2008. Further, the ends of these wars, coupled with recent budget cuts to the Department of Defense, may result in a military downsize of as much as 20 percent of the total active force. The generosity of these new GI Bill benefits will draw significant numbers of a downsized military into higher education. Therefore, the expected influx of student veterans requires higher education faculty, staff, and administrators to both understand veterans and prepare to meet the needs of this rapidly growing student population. In this article, the author provides guidance on how to serve this important population of students.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Veterans, Access to Education, College Students, Military Personnel, Federal Legislation, Educational Opportunities, Eligibility, Student Financial Aid, Enrollment Trends, Context Effect, Student Characteristics, Self Control, College Administration, Student Personnel Services
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: G I Bill