Thanks for adding this thread, Graham. Military-connected students are an underrepresented segment of higher education who may face unique challenges in the pursuit of a post-military degree, program, or certification. I look forward to exchanging ideas. Moreover, if there are institutions that are looking to explore this phenomenon and develop a specially tailored military-connected student support framework, I encourage them to reach out to me.
Thanks for opening this up, at YSJU we’re looking closely at this as I have been made aware of and supported a number of veteran students with their studies. Thanks Mike for your guidance much appreciated
Military-connected students face identity challenges when moving into higher education where they may experience amplified social isolation as a result of their, simultaneous, mature-student status. Furthermore, the heterogeneity of this population may contribute to additional integration challenges. While higher education is an individual pursuit of a goal, the social aspect of campus-life significantly contributes to student well-being. I wonder how institutions are addressing this aspect of military-connected student support?
This is a good point Darryl. Moreover, in the current COVID climate, this might be a huge concern for the wider student body in any HE (or pan-educational) environment, and particularly the veterans/reservist community who are, or were, enculturated into a highly socialised form of life and work.
The current situation will have fast-forwarded the evolving ‘flipped classroom’ move (there must be swathes of research on this already, if not in development), so this has to be a focus.