|Hamrick, Florence A. / Rumann, Corey B.|
Called to Serve
A Handbook on Student Veterans and Higher Education
2012. 368 Pages, Hardcover
ISBN 978-1-118-17676-4 - John Wiley & Sons
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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.
From the contents
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
3 Activations, Deployments, and Returns 41
Wade G. Livingston and Mark C. Bauman
4 Contemporary Student Veterans and Service Members: Enrollment Patterns and Student Engagement 71
Danielle M. DeSawal
5 The Complexity of Veteran Identity: Understanding the Role of Gender, Race and Sexuality 89
Susan V. Iverson and Rachel Anderson
Annie Rose Badder
6 Understanding Disability in the Student Veteran Community 116
Amanda Kraus and Nicholas A. Rattray
7 Enrollment, Transfers, and Degree Completion for Veterans 140
John D. Mikelson and Kevin P. Saunders
8 Offices of Veterans and Military Services 167
Stephen G. Abel, Robert J. Bright, and R. M. Cooper
9 Focused Learning Environments for Student Veterans 201
Sarah Minnis, Stephanie Bondi, and Corey B. Rumann
Paul F. Tschudi
10 Student Veterans Organizations and Student Self-Advocacy 221
Brian A. Hawthorne, Mark C. Bauman, and Leah Ewing Ross
Joseph R. Sorge
11 Institutional Leadership on Serving Student Veterans and Service Members 255
Tom Jackson Jr., Charles J. Fey, and Leah Ewing Ross
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
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.