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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
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