Called to Serve: A Handbook on Student Veterans and Higher Education

Called to Serve: A Handbook on Student Veterans and Higher Education

By: Corey B. Rumann (author), Florence A. Hamrick (author)Hardback

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Over the past several years, veteran enrollment in universities, community colleges, and vocational programs has increased dramatically, with over a quarter million student veterans taking advantage of military-related educational benefits packages, which have become one of the few remaining federal sources of grant funds for students pursuing higher education. Yet existing literature on the topic harkens back to Vietnam era issues and practices, and current administrators and faculty members likely have little experience serving this population. Significant changes in higher education and wartime military personnel policies in the last 30 years necessitate a fresh look at how colleges and universities can best respond to the needs of student veterans. Examples of contemporary issues include current patterns of multiple deployments and returns and the accompanying stop-out and re-enrollment periods. Costs for students have risen, as have military educational benefit provisions and institutional incentives. Building upon the long history of educating veterans, this comprehensive volume offers the most up-to-date scholarship and practical program guidance to help student affairs professionals, academic administrators, and faculty understand, serve, and support student veterans. It offers recommendations for enhancing and strengthening current campus efforts in serving veterans, planning additional services or programs, and perhaps most importantly coordinating the efforts of potentially disparate campus-based services and programs with community-based or government-sponsored veterans programs, services, and affiliated groups.

About Author

Florence A. Hamrick is a professor of educational psychology at the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She is coauthor with John Schuh and Nancy Evans of Foundations of Student Affairs Practice from Jossey-Bass. Corey B. Rumann is an assistant professor of practice in the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Nebraska Lincoln.


Preface: Setting the Context xi About the Editors xix About the Contributors xxi 1 The Military and Higher Education in the United States 1 Dexter Alexander and John R. Thelin 2 Contemporary Political and Legislative Frameworks for Serving Veterans and Service Members 20 Sally Caspers and Robert Ackerman Vignette 39 Joshua Lang 3 Activations, Deployments, and Returns 41 Wade G. Livingston and Mark C. Bauman Vignette 69 Nina Duong 4 Contemporary Student Veterans and Service Members: Enrollment Patterns and Student Engagement 71 Danielle M. DeSawal Vignette 87 Sally Caspers 5 The Complexity of Veteran Identity: Understanding the Role of Gender, Race and Sexuality 89 Susan V. Iverson and Rachel Anderson Vignette 114 Annie Rose Badder 6 Understanding Disability in the Student Veteran Community 116 Amanda Kraus and Nicholas A. Rattray Vignette 138 Amanda Irish 7 Enrollment, Transfers, and Degree Completion for Veterans 140 John D. Mikelson and Kevin P. Saunders Vignette 165 Jonathan Miller 8 Offices of Veterans and Military Services 167 Stephen G. Abel, Robert J. Bright, and R. M. Cooper Vignette 198 Kathy Meyers 9 Focused Learning Environments for Student Veterans 201 Sarah Minnis, Stephanie Bondi, and Corey B. Rumann Vignette 219 Paul F. Tschudi 10 Student Veterans Organizations and Student Self-Advocacy 221 Brian A. Hawthorne, Mark C. Bauman, and Leah Ewing Ross Vignette 253 Joseph R. Sorge 11 Institutional Leadership on Serving Student Veterans and Service Members 255 Tom Jackson Jr., Charles J. Fey, and Leah Ewing Ross Vignette 276 Nicholas J. Osborne 12 Promoting Organizational Change to Create a Veteran-Friendly Campus: A Case Study 278 Jan Arminio and Tomoko Kudo Grabosky Conclusion: Looking Back, Moving Forward 301 Corey B. Rumann and Florence A. Hamrick Glossary 307 Appendix: Military Ranks 312 Name Index 315 Subject Index 319 To the memory of Timmons Hicks Hamrick, Jr. (Radioman Second Class, U.S. Navy, 1943 1946). To Anthony Vitale (Private First Class, U.S. Army, 1951 1953). To those who are called to serve. F.A.H. To my father, Larry R. Rumann, and to the memory of Harland P. Topping and Cyril L. Rumann. Thank you for your service to our country. C.B.R.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781118176764
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 368
  • ID: 9781118176764
  • weight: 738
  • ISBN10: 1118176766

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