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* Registration Now Open

The National Resource Center is pleased to now offer online courses on current topics related to the first-year experience and students in transition. Online courses are designed to come as close as possible to providing students with the same course content and opportunities for interaction with classmates and with the instructor as traditional or classroom-based courses as well as take advantage of pedagogy and teaching techniques that are not possible or uncommon in a traditional format. Our online courses will take place during a four-week or five-week period with the majority of instruction occurring in an asynchronous environment. Asynchronous instruction is neither time bound nor place-bound and does not require the simultaneous participation of all students and instructors. It utilizes tools such as email, threaded discussions/forums, listservs, and blog.


Participants will earn 1.5 continuing education units.



Who are our Veteran Students and are we Veteran-Friendly?


David DiRamio
Asscociate Professor of Higher Education at Auburn University

David DiRamio, Ph.D. is an associate professor of higher education administration at Auburn University. Since his first article, "From Combat to Campus," was published in 2008, Dr. DiRamio has emerged as a nationally known researcher and speaker reporting on the emerging population of student veterans in college. His scholarly works include the book "Veterans in Higher Education (2011)," which applies well-known theories and models of college student development to the contemporary phenomenon of the student veteran, and "Creating a Veteran-Friendly Campus (2009)," detailing best practices and how campus leaders can help student veterans succeed. More recent co-authored research about female college student veterans has been published in College Student Journal (2015) and forthcoming in the NASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education (in press, 2015). Dr. DiRamio received both B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. David is a U.S. Navy veteran.


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Course Capacity
Fee
 

November 13 - December 8, 2017

November 6, 2017 25 Registrants $425.00

COURSE DESCRIPTION

In this online course we will examine the phenomenon of the veteran student in college by integrating best practices, findings from the research literature, and empirically established theories. The course is designed to inform and engage those who provide campus programs and services for veteran students, as well as others in the higher education / student affairs community (campus staff, administrators, faculty, and graduate students conducting thesis or dissertation research). Using a blend of video lectures, required readings, discussion forums, and self-assessments, the course is divided into four parts:  

COURSE OBJECTIVES

This course is designed to support students' development of the knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed to:

  • Understand the critical issues facing veteran students;

    Recognize of the psychosocial, cognitive, and identity-related concerns of veteran students who a transitioning to college and civilian life;

    Be a critical consumer of the research literature about veteran students;

  • Use research to inform decisions about how to best serve the needs of veteran students;

  • Be mindful and intentional when working with this unique student population;

  • Understand privacy concerns and ethical considerations when working with veteran students;

  • Critically examine best practices and organizational policies related to veteran students; and;

  • Effectively plan and resource programs and service for veteran students;
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