Jamie A McCall


This poster reflects research conducted as part of a course project designed to give students experience in the research process.



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Since the passing of the Post 9/11 benefit for veterans who served on or after September 11, 2001, colleges and universities are now faced with increasing veteran populations. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (2014), there are over one million veterans and their dependents that are utilizing benefits from the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill to pursue college. Beyond the financial benefit, many student veterans are in need of additional academic, career, counseling, and social resources in order to provide a more positive and successful transition to college campuses that are predominantly catered to traditional students. While the majority of student veterans tend to be non-traditional students, colleges and universities can strengthen their community and inclusiveness by understanding the needs and experiences of their student veterans. The purpose of this research study is to understand the experiences and needs of student veterans transitioning from a military culture to a private Catholic, Marianist campus at the University of Dayton. By understanding the qualitative narrative stories of six non-traditional student veterans who balance work, family, and college responsibilities, further training and resources can be implemented to provide a more positive, supportive, and inclusive transition into the campus community.

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Project Designation

Course Project - Graduate

Primary Advisor

Savio D. Franco

Primary Advisor's Department

Counselor Education and Human Services


Stander Symposium project, student affairs, School of Education and Health Sciences

Boots to Books: The Transition Experiences of Student Veterans from Camouflage to College