1st Edition

Student Veterans and Service Members in Higher Education

    186 Pages
    by Routledge

    186 Pages
    by Routledge

    Student Veterans and Service Members in Higher Education bridges theory to practice in order to better prepare practitioners in their efforts to increase the success of veteran and military service members in higher education. Bringing together perspectives from a researcher, practitioner, and student veteran, this unique author team provides a comprehensive but manageable text reviewing relevant research literature and presenting accessible strategies for working with students. This book explores the facilitators and barriers of student veteran learning and engagement, how culture informs the current student veteran experience, and best practices for creating and maintaining a campus that allows for the success of these students. The latest to publish in the Key Issues on Diverse College Students series, this volume is a valuable resource for student affairs and higher education professionals to better serve veteran and military service members in higher education.

    Series Editor Introduction by Marybeth Gasman & Nelson Bowman III


    Chapter One: Historical Context of Student Veterans and Service Members

    Chapter Two: Cultural Context

    Chapter Three: Facilitators and Barriers to Success

    Chapter Four: Advocacy Model

    Chapter Five: Best Practices for Increasing Student Success

    Chapter Six: Student Veteran Cognitive and Identity Development

    Chapter Seven: Equity Issues

    Chapter Eight: Future Directions, Potential Challenges, and Conclusions




    Jan Arminio is professor and director of the Higher Education Program at George Mason University, USA.

    Tomoko Kudo Grabosky is a licensed professional counselor and an associate professor in the Department of Counseling Services at Shippensburg University, USA.

    Josh Lang is the co-founder of the Pennsylvania Student Veterans Coalition and Business Analyst at VetAdvisor® Services, USA.

    "This work is an essential addition to the libraries of higher education practitioners and researchers. This comprehensive book provides practical tips based on empirical research to support student veterans' academic achievement. It is what has been missing from the literature of student veterans, providing a window into the conflict between military and academic cultures, the cognitive and identity development of student veterans, and models to enhance student veteran academic success."

    --Andrew Sonn, Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs, The George Washington University


    "Arminio, Grabosky, and Lang skillfully analyze the often jarring experiences for enrolled military veterans and service members. Highlighting cultural dissonances and the need for skillful translations, competencies, and cultural fluencies, this book provides a range of exemplary theory-to-practice models and strategies for educators. Through their focus on serving veterans and service members, the authors also identify strategies for developing the kinds of inclusive, multicultural campuses in which all students can thrive."

    -- Florence A. Hamrick, Professor of Education, Rutgers University


    "Arminio, Grabosky, and Lang (2015) provide a comprehensive overview of student veterans and service
    members from interviews and analyses of higher education institutions. This book speaks from history and
    experience of the U.S. military to present outreach opportunities for the modern reader. The best audience for
    this book would be higher education administrators and counselors because it primarily discusses the
    challenges of transitioning to student life in higher education. More importantly, the authors consider the life of
    the students beyond school, what the students have seen, the makeup of the military world, and how it sheds
    light on this one."

    --Christina Geuther, Kansas State University


    "Arminio, Grabosky, and Lang provide compelling coverage of a segment of students on US institutions of higher education: student veterans and military service members (SVSM).The coverage in the volume is reflective of the multiple perspectives of the author team, as researcher, practitioner, and student veteran. Reflective of these three
    perspectives, the volume includes empirical evidence, stemming from their multi-site case study of cultural conflict experienced by SVSM during their transition to the military and then to higher education; it illuminates best practices and calls for practitioner advocacy for SVSM students as they navigate campus barriers; and this volume draws heavily on SVSM voices (from their data) to narrate the cultural conflicts during transition experiences."

    --Susan V. Iverson, Kent State University