New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Military and Veterans Constituent Committee
Drawing upon recent published studies concerning veteran students and the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the authors extract the top issues military veterans face during their transition into an academic environment and pursuit of higher-level education. Building upon models proposed by Malone (2009) related to military individual training, Lowman (1995) related to student learning and Ambrose (2013) concerning student motivation, the authors adapt an ecological model used by Packard (2016) in her targeted STEM mentoring programs to develop a mentoring program focused on improving the efficacy of veteran students pursuing STEM majors as a means of mitigating those issues and improving graduation rates. The authors describe the longitudinal study of veteran student efficacy they will conduct in the College of Engineering & Information Technology (CEIT) at Georgia Southern University (2016-2020) to assess the effectiveness of the STEM mentoring effort.
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