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Student veterans in higher education: The critical role of veterans resource centers.
Barmak SA, Barmaksezian N, Der-Martirosian C. Student veterans in higher education: The critical role of veterans resource centers. Journal of American College Health : J of Ach. 2021 Sep 1; 1-11.
To examine how veterans resource centers (VRCs) and corresponding services influence student veteran transitions by applying the Schlossberg Transition Model.
12 student support staff and 6 junior/senior undergraduate student veterans at a four-year public university in California.
In-depth semi-structured, one-on-one interviews were conducted with diverse group of university staff and student veterans. Thematic analyses were conducted to identify salient factors that help promote successful transition to college life.
Overarching theme was the significance of the university's veterans resource center (VRC), which is a designated space that facilitates connectedness and student engagement; fosters collaborations across student support services via liaisons to increase access to vital services/resources on/off campus, provides peer-to-peer mentorship; and includes staff, who understand military culture.
Higher education should expand supporting student veterans by having a VRC to help them successfully transition to college life; this would ultimately improve retention and graduation rates.