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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Maurin, Kay Harrison
URN etd-01032012-155853
Title Negotiating Cultural Transitions: Contemporary Student Veterans and Louisiana Institutions of Higher Education
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Educational Theory, Policy, & Practice
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Mitchell, Roland Committee Chair
Bourke, Brian Committee Member
Choate, Laura Committee Member
Gintner, Gary Committee Member
Ray, Darrell C. Committee Member
Aghazadeh, Fereydoun Dean's Representative
  • cultural transitions
  • higher education
  • student veterans
Date of Defense 2011-11-28
Availability unrestricted
Student veterans are flooding colleges and universities in numbers not seen since the end of World War II. Little is known about how these contemporary student veterans navigate the transition from military life to campus life. Few studies have documented the transition experiences of these student veterans by institution type or cultural region of the country.

In Louisiana, nearly 7,000 students receive military benefits for higher education with this number steadily increasing (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 2009, June). This study explores the transition experience of student veterans from military life to university life at four institutions of higher education in Louisiana. Transition experiences are compared by institution type. The notion of the southern military tradition and its impact on the transition experiences of Louisiana student veterans is considered.

The researcher uses case study methodology to address the research questions. Schlossberg, Waters, and Goodman’s (1995) theory of adult transition aids in developing an understanding of how male combat veterans of the Global War on Terror transition from military life to college life. Findings and implications from this research will deepen the awareness of how institution type and regional culture influence transition resulting in a richer understanding of contemporary student veterans’ transition experiences and needs that influence student veteran persistence.

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