Proposal Title

A Longitudinal Study of Veteran Student Efficacy at Georgia Southern

Track

Research Proposal / Assessment of Student Learning

Proposal Abstract

The authors will address the issues military veterans face in their transition from military to academic life while pursuing an undergraduate degree at Georgia Southern University’s College of Engineering and Information Technology. The goal of this study is to find answers and provide solutions to the following questions. What are the issues facing our veteran students? How can we assist these veteran students in their transition from military to academic life? What effect can the implementation of a faculty/staff, peer and professional mentorship program have on each veteran student as they navigate through the collegiate atmosphere?

Proposal Description

The authors will identify all veteran students pursuing a STEM degree through the College of Engineering and Information Technology. Veteran students are invited to participate in an initial meeting to discuss the purpose of the study. Students that elect to participate in the Mentorship program will be interview to gather their personal data and then paired with a CEIT faculty/staff mentor to assist them with whatever obstacles they may have encountered. The most common barriers to retention and graduation veteran students face are financial resources, personal/family obligations and school/job conflict.

During each semester, the faculty Mentor will meet with the veteran student once per month to implement strategies to address the specific barriers they are facing. During these meetings, they will work to successfully navigate the hurdles each veteran student is facing and how to avoid similar situations in the future. Notes on which barriers the students are experiencing and strategies to address those needs will be recorded and analyzed looking for common patterns among the students’ needs and their responses to the strategies. This data will be used to make specific changes to the mentorship program in order to tailor fit it to provide the best possible results for each individual veteran student.

At the conclusion of each semester an exit interview will be conducted with each veteran student to collect data on their progression from the beginning of their participation in the study. The data collected throughout the study will be compared to the state wide data gathered from the Office of Strategic Research concerning the retention and graduation rates of veteran students. The goal of this longitude study is to improve the overall retention and graduation rates for veteran students through the support received during the monthly interventions with the veteran mentors involved in the program.

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A Longitudinal Study of Veteran Student Efficacy at Georgia Southern

The authors will address the issues military veterans face in their transition from military to academic life while pursuing an undergraduate degree at Georgia Southern University’s College of Engineering and Information Technology. The goal of this study is to find answers and provide solutions to the following questions. What are the issues facing our veteran students? How can we assist these veteran students in their transition from military to academic life? What effect can the implementation of a faculty/staff, peer and professional mentorship program have on each veteran student as they navigate through the collegiate atmosphere?