Date Approved

7-23-2018

Embargo Period

7-24-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

MA Higher Education

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Sisco, Burton R.

Second Advisor

Walpole, MaryBeth

Subject(s)

College-student veterans

Disciplines

Higher Education

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine what kinds of internal emotions and feelings are attached to the transition of becoming a student on a college campus for veteran students. Veteran students have a different experience on campus compared to the rest of the student population, therefore it is important for institutions to understand this experience in order to best provide for these students. A survey was created based off of Chickering's seven vector development theory. The survey collected demographic data such as what branch of the military the student was in, age, race/ethnicity, and gender. The rest of the survey provided statements relating to each of Chickering's seven developmental vectors in which participants would rate on a Likert Scale how little or much they could relate to the statement. The results of the data collection concluded that veteran students generally find their transition to college easy and enjoy what they are doing on campus. However there are several emotions attached to the process, such as feeling stress and pressure in the environment, confidence in their abilities, relationships with their peers and professors, and working alone compared to in a group.

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