College Transitions for Student Veterans. Martina Preston-Sternberg, PhD (ABD) Monica Solinas -Saunders, PhD Dan Nyaronga , PhD. OUTLINE. FACTS PERCEIVED OBSTACLES VETERANS AS STUDENTS FACULTY IMPACT SUMMARY. FACTS.
College Transitions for Student Veterans
Martina Preston-Sternberg, PhD (ABD)
Monica Solinas-Saunders, PhD
Dan Nyaronga, PhD
28,147 Service members have served in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11
6,535 Service members are currently deployed
70% of Veterans attend college, many with the G.I. Bill
Over 4yrs.=$709,304,400 (Statewide)
Only 8% persist to graduation
Net loss of $652,560,048 (Statewide)
Courtesy of John Schuppe and Ryan Carlson
Social Integration / Connecting with Peers
Do active Army and Marines NOT report?
“You go from that situation where everything goes 100 miles an hour, and it goes down to five miles an hour. I sit there [during class] and I’m tapping my foot and I’m anxious.”
Reintegration – hard?
When a service member
comes home, he/she may
find it hard....
Borrowed from Dr. Jennifer Lambert, VA Medical Center
“I think that my time in the service gives me a lot of appreciation for an education that otherwise wouldn’t be possible,”
Bring a different perspective to classrooms:
Faculty were interviewed and most enjoyed having student veterans because they were committed to learning and shared real world experience that enriched the learning environment
“Veterans were very much more serious than other students…they were really smart fellows who work very hard” (Edmonds, 2001: 136).
“They challenged Professors who had not been challenged before…they put good input into the college” (Edmonds, 2001: 136).
Provide support and structure
Recognize service and sacrifice
Expect good performance, but remember it takes time to readjust
Know what resources are available and refer if needed
Assume the worst
Label with PTSD, TBI (some combat vets have it some don’t)
Isolate or make them stand out from their peers
Make them a spokesperson for “war” or the military
Make comments about the war that might isolate
“We Love Your Faces But Hate Your Bases!”
Upward Bound for Vets
Online support center for vets – 24/7
Veteran Services Office – one stop shops
Online services, resources, classes
Identified academic counselors
Identified disability support counselors
Adapted first year seminar
Student vet club
Referral/coordination with VA and community resources
Orientation to help adapt from military culture to college culture
PE classes – adapted as needed
Education and awareness:
THANK YOU FOR SERVING!