COMBAT ON AND OFF THE BATTLEFIELD: A MIXED METHODS STUDY EXPLORING HOW NEW JERSEY AIR AND ARMY NATIONAL GUARD UNDERGRADUATES PERSIST ACADEMICALLY THROUGH CRISIS
Ed.D. Doctor of Education
Educational Services and Leadership
College of Education
Ane Turner Johnson, Ph.D.
Committee Member 1
Sarah Ferguson, Ph.D.
Committee Member 2
Ryan Kelty, Ph.D.
National Guard, Persistence
United States--National Guard; Academic achievement; College students--New Jersey
New Jersey Air and Army National Guard (NJAANG) undergraduate students endure multiple transitions throughout their academic career. In 2020, for example, the COVID-19 pandemic caused numerous activations and manning demands for the NJAANG population, further stressing coping methods. Using the follow-up, explanatory sequential mixed methods research design and Schlossberg's Transition Theory, I explored the academic persistence of the NJAANG undergraduate student population to better understand how and why NJAANG undergraduate students were able to persist through the heightened number of transitions during the COVID-19 health crisis. As an often-invisible group on campus, this study uncovered that NJANNG students were best supported through stabilizing continuity, supporting academic funding avenues, and an increase in physical and relational resources. Furthermore, this all leads to the question of whether or not higher education institutions are appropriately supporting their National Guard undergraduate students.
Gilbert, Ariel J., "COMBAT ON AND OFF THE BATTLEFIELD: A MIXED METHODS STUDY EXPLORING HOW NEW JERSEY AIR AND ARMY NATIONAL GUARD UNDERGRADUATES PERSIST ACADEMICALLY THROUGH CRISIS" (2022). Theses and Dissertations. 3052.