Date Approved

9-12-2018

Embargo Period

9-12-2018

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--Services for; Adjustment (Psychology)

Disciplines

Higher Education

Abstract

This purpose of this study was to examine perceptions of mattering among military service members at Rowan University. The theoretical framework that guided this study was Schlossberg's Theory of Mattering to reveal military students' perceptions of mattering to the institution and to examine the relationships of military students with the Rowan community. This study uses a quantitative method which includes a survey focused on capturing participants' perceptions of five focus areas of mattering to the institution including: administration, advising, faculty, peers and multiple roles. Sixty-one subjects completed a Likert-type survey using a five-point scale to assess their perceptions of matering in the five focus areas. The Statistical Program for the Social Sciences (SPSS) was used to input all quantitative data for the purpose of descriptive statistics. The findings determine that military students on Rowan's campus felt satisfied with and supported by the administration, advising, faculty, peers and multiple roles. It is recommended that the University provide more recognition of the military population through events and programming to further strengthen relationships between the military student population and Rowan University community.

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