Student Veterans and the Transition to Higher Education: Integrating Existing Literatures
Brandy M. Jenner
Brandy is a PhD Candidate at the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine. Her dissertation research is focused on veterans in higher education. Brandy's research interests are guided by the ideals of equity and access and include: college access; college choice; student veterans, first generation, and other under-represented students in higher education; differences in engagement and persistence among different student demographic groups; and educational program and policy assessment. Currently, Brandy is teachng courses in teh school of education, finishing up a study on faculty perspectives of college students, and working on her dissertation.
To address concerns about student veterans, including lagging BA attainment and troubling drop-out rates, researchers, policy-makers and practitioners would benefit from a more in-depth understanding of the processes student veterans undergo as they transition out of the military and into higher education. This paper synthesizes the literature related to the transition processes and post-secondary experiences of student veterans, nontraditional students, first-generation students, and under-represented minority students in order to identify points of convergence and divergence. These disparate literatures all recognize that the transition to higher education provides additional challenges, relative to the challenges faced by traditional students; however, over the past several decades a growing body of literature points to co-identity organizations – organizations that are centered around one aspect of a student’s identity – as one factor that has potential to ease adjustment to higher education. By integrating existing research focused on the groups of students noted above with the burgeoning literature on student veterans, future researchers can to conduct more informed research and policy-makers and administrators can be empowered to create more effective policies and programs.
How to Cite:
Jenner, B.M., 2017. Student Veterans and the Transition to Higher Education: Integrating Existing Literatures. Journal of Veterans Studies, 2(2), pp.26–44. DOI: http://doi.org/10.21061/jvs.14