This special issue provides education and suggestions for institutional researchers to approach studying student veterans.
- Presents an overview of the history of student veterans in higher education
- Discusses how conceptual models of veterans college experience can aid institutional researchers
- Delves into the nuances of the phrase student veterans, commonly used for actual veteran students, active–duty service members, National Guard members, Reservists, and family members using transferred educational benefits
- Analyzes the differences between these sub–populations on factors known to influence postsecondary access and success
- Details data sources available to study veterans at proprietary institutions
- Discusses state–level data issues in veterans education
- Summarizes key concepts and recommends further research and practice.
New Directions for Institutional Research provides planners and administrators in all types of academic institutions with guidelines in such areas as resource coordination, information analysis, program evaluation, and institutional management
EDITORS NOTES 7Kevin Eagan, Lesley McBain, Kevin C. Jones
1. Student Veterans in Higher Education: A Conversation Six Decades in the Making 11Shane Hammond
This chapter provides a historical overview of the relationship between the military and higher education, including its early origins as well as discussion of both the original G.I. Bill and its subsequent iterations.
2. Conceptual Models of Student Veteran College Experiences 23David Vacchi, Shane Hammond, Aynsley Diamond
This chapter focuses on salient conceptual models that may enable scholars to more holistically understand and study the student veteran experience.
3. Taxonomy of Student Veterans: A Suggested Protocol for Institutional Research Professionals 43Dion D. Daly, Bonnie K. Fox Garrity
This chapter provides a taxonomy of student veterans in the form of a codebook to assist in institutional data collection and analysis.
4. Differences Between Military–Connected Undergraduates: Implications for Institutional Research 59Dani Molina, Andrew Morse
This chapter discusses how understanding differences between National Guard members, reservists, active duty personnel, and veterans can better inform evidence–based decision–making to support their college access and success.
5. For–Profit Institutions and Student Veteran Data 75Kevin C. Jones, Bonnie K. Fox Garrity
This chapter explores the lack of data on student veterans at for–profit institutions.
6. Exploring Veteran Success Through State–Level Administrative Data Sets 87Tod Massa, Laura Gogia
This chapter discusses issues relating to state–level data on student veterans, focusing particularly on Virginia s State Council of Higher Education for Virginia student–level data system.
7. Conclusion and Final Thoughts 97
Kevin Eagan, Lesley McBain, Kevin C. Jones
The final chapter in this issue provides a summary of the key ideas presented throughout the issue and offers recommendations for future research and practice as related to studying and serving veterans in higher education.