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ENHANCING YOUR VETERAN STUDENT ASSOCIATION. Natesha L. Smith & Terri Carr, Office of Military and Veteran Student Services A Veteran Symposium for Higher Education University of Louisville, Louisville, KY ; Feb 22 – 23, 2010. Objectives.

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Enhancing your veteran student association

ENHANCING YOUR VETERAN STUDENT ASSOCIATION

Natesha L. Smith & Terri Carr, Office of Military and Veteran Student Services

A Veteran Symposium for Higher Education

University of Louisville, Louisville, KY ; Feb 22 – 23, 2010


Objectives

Objectives

  • Identify benefits of developing a strong student veteran

  • organization

  • Discussways to develop and enhance student veteran organizations

  • Explore potential partnerships between student

  • affairs, academic services, and student veteran

  • associations


Theories

Theories

  • Transition

    • Schlossberg- Marginality and Mattering

      • The larger the difference between the new role and the former role, the more marginal the student may feel, especially if there are no norms for the new role.

      • Transition process

        • “moving in”, “moving through”, and “moving out”

      • Create environments that clearly indicate to students that they matter

  • Student Engagement

    • Kuh et al., 2008

      • Student engagement with educational purpose and intentionality positively speaks to academic success and persistence.

      • Curricular and co-curricular collaborations

      • Peers are influential in the learning process and may help reinforce academic expectations.

  • Adult Learning

    • Lundberg - Adult Student Learning: A Causal Model

      • Peer relationships helped productivity in the classroom

      • Improve quality of relationships between administrators and adult students

      • Student learning enhanced through peer learning


Who benefits from student veteran organizations

Who benefits from student veteran organizations?

Students

  • Persistence

  • Academic Success

  • Sense of Belonging

  • Aid in Transition

    Campus Community

  • Integration and persistence

  • Strong campus leaders

  • “human capital”

    • Global minded

    • Cultural sensitivity


Basic factors to remember

Basic Factors to Remember

  • Gauge student interest

  • Identify protocol for the establishment of student organizations on your campus

  • Establish a relationship with the office responsible for Veteran care on campus

  • Identify a potential advisor


Activity

ACTIVITY

  • Identify two barriers

  • Explain why it happens

  • Offer solution(s)

  • Leadership

  • Funding

  • Membership

  • Campus support

  • Participation

  • Organizational goals

  • Partnerships


Solutions for enhancements

Solutions for Enhancements

  • Define goals and mission

  • Create a listserv

  • Partnerships with community veteran organizations

  • Mentoring programs


Questions comments

Questions / Comments


Thank you

Thank You 


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