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ERIC Number: EJ983937
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0190-2946
From Combat to Campus
Bellafiore, Margaret
Academe, v98 n5 p33-36 Sep-Oct 2012
Soldiers are returning from war to college. The number of veterans enrolled nationally is hard to find. Data from the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics identify nearly 924,000 veterans as "total education program beneficiaries" for 2011. These statistics combine many categories, including dependents and survivors. The US Department of Veterans Affairs notes that veterans often use their benefits in more than one state, making it difficult to get a sum total of state statistics. The veterans are in the author's art classes. Teaching studio art courses has an advantage when it comes to revealing what is important to each student: personal expression is part of their work. As an artist, the author had done many oral-history-centered mixed-media exhibitions with sound in the past. She had asked people questions about a variety of topics and recorded their answers. It is a way for her to explore topics about which she is curious. In this article, the author addresses the changing demographics of Bridgewater State University (BSU) in the wake of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. She finds out what it was like for a student at BSU to make the transition from recent deployments in Iraq or Afghanistan to a college environment and develops a large-scale sound installation of the voices of veterans for exhibition. Colleges need to be responsive to the needs of returning veterans. If they are not, student veterans may drop out or take their GI Bill benefits somewhere else. The Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Consortium maintains a list of colleges that have "vet-friendly" practices. If more institutions followed the model of Eastern Kentucky University, which has received awards for its best practices for student veterans, they could help improve veterans' enrollment and graduation rates.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky; Massachusetts
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: G I Bill