June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Military and Veterans
As the number of student service members and veterans increases, universities are creating new programs or expanding existing programs to better serve the needs of this student population. In many cases, faculty and staff have become actively involved in advocating for student veterans and serving as allies for their success.
Our qualitative study on student veterans in engineering (SVEs) included in-depth interviews of institutional agents (IAs) at our four study institutions. We interviewed 24 individuals in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015. Interviewees worked in a variety of settings across campus, including financial aid and health services. We also interviewed a First-Year Engineering (FYE) staff member.
To better understand the broader context of SVEs’ educational experiences beyond departments of engineering, we explore the IAs’ perspectives on their duties in serving student veterans and their suggestions for improving policies and programs, both at the university level and within engineering. We also examine some implications of these perspectives for engineering education. We focus this study on two research questions:
1. How do IAs describe their roles and responsibilities as they pertain to student veterans in general? 2. What are IAs’ experiences in working with student veterans in engineering?
Our study highlights how IAs affect positive change for student veterans and help SVEs navigate the transition from the military to university structures and cultures. The IAs felt they played an instrumental role in expanding services for student veterans and in establishing a positive and supportive culture for student veterans. However, they also recognized the need for additional resources for and improvement in certain policies and programs. The results can inform university and departmental efforts to enhance SVEs’ transitions from the military to higher education and engineering studies.
Mobley, C., & Main, J. B., & Lord, S. M., & Brawner, C. E., & Camacho, M. M. (2019, June), Institutional Agents' Roles in Serving Student Veterans and Implications for Student Veterans in Engineering Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/32971
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