Publication Date

Spring 2019

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Antony D. Norman (Director), John Baker, and Aaron W. Hughey

Degree Program

Educational Leadership Doctoral Program

Degree Type

Doctor of Education

Abstract

The current research was carried out to investigate the overall satisfaction and benefits concerning student veteran programs at a public university located in southcentral Kentucky and the possible correlation of effectiveness within the supportive transitioning assistance programs for student veterans. The study included survey(s) distributions to administrators of veteran programs and student veterans.

The descriptive investigative study involved both aspects of quantitative and qualitative design, hence categorizing the study as mixed-methods. Descriptive research design is considered a scientific method which involves observing and/or describing behavior regarding the subject without influencing it in any way. Surveys were used during this study to create a confidential and non-biased atmosphere.

Student veteran information was limited, yet the information provided was honored and is shared for possible future study. Most administrators of student veteran programs participated in the study; however, there appears to be some inconsistency in the information provided based on survey questions. Therefore, a bias is probable due to the administrator’s position in particular student veterans’ programs.

The findings indicate administrators need to become more familiar with the services on campus provided for student veterans, and there may be a lack of communication between departments that serve student veterans. Congruently, there is a possibility of bias among the administrators, according to the student veterans’ department for which they work. Also, the student veterans who participated in the study expressed a concern that information about student veteran services is not provided as well as it could be.

Disciplines

Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Educational Leadership | Humane Education

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