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Where Do They Fit? Applying the Conceptual Model of Nontraditional Undergraduate Student Attrition to Student Veterans


Author(s): Van Dusen, R. L.

Editor(s): DiRamio, D.

Citation: Van Dusen, R. L. (2017). Where Do They Fit? Applying the Conceptual Model of Nontraditional Undergraduate Student Attrition to Student Veterans. In DiRamio, D., What’s Next for Student Veterans? Moving From Transition to Academic Success (pp. 147-161). Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina, National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition.

 

Abstract

This chapter aims to identify some of the key factors influencing the retention of military-affiliated students. A study conducted at two postsecondary institutions attempted to determine how well Bean and Metzner’s (1985) Conceptual Model of Nontraditional Undergraduate Students explained institutional satisfaction and persistence among student veterans. The findings suggest the model is not a good fit for this population. By focusing on the variables analyzed in the study conducted by Bean and Metzner (1985), the chapter homes in on factors that influence institutional satisfaction and persistence. Ultimately, the authors concluded that the Conceptual Model of Nontraditional Undergraduate Students is not a good fit for student veterans and instead recommends colleges and universities openly communicate with student veterans to better assess their experiences and communicate with them about the success of other veterans.

 

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