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Military and Veterans
This paper discusses the positive impact of veteran students on the academic performance of non-veteran mechanical engineering students when veterans are in their classes. This paper will highlight the successful results of a yearlong study of junior-level students after the completion of a two-semester course sequence in control systems. These results show the influence veterans have and how their military experience can benefit non-military students in their pursuit of an engineering degree.
Veteran students are highly regarded for their professionalism, maturity, and for setting the example both inside the classroom and out. In general, it is easy to see that a veteran presence in the classroom positively effects the performance of the other students in the course. This report, however, focuses on quantifying the effect of veteran students on the academic performance of their non-veteran counterparts.
This report will show how non-veteran performance was influenced as it relates to eight veteran students distributed across three sections of a first-semester, control-systems course versus their effect when all eight veterans were in a single section of the follow-on, second-semester, control-systems course. An analysis on the results of three exams and the final exam for both courses and the results show increased exam performance from one semester to the next relative to veteran student presence in a particular course section.
The results tracked individual performance of students as they transitioned to either a veteran-rich or a veteran-poor section from fall- to spring-semester courses. The study also investigated the performance of veteran students and their academic impact on the other veterans, themselves.
Bass, P., & Washuta, N. J., & Price, D. L. (2020, June), The Impact of Veteran Students on the Academic Performance of Nonveteran Students Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35335
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