From Boots to Books: Applying Schlossberg’s Model to Transitioning American Veterans

Aaron H. Carlstrom, PhD, Kenneth F. Hughey, PhD, and Brandonn S. Harris, PhD, professors in the academic advising graduate program, co-authored a paper, Applying Schlossberg’s Model to Transitioning American Veterans, published in the most recent issue of the NACADA Journal, Volume 31, Number 1, Spring 2011.

The paper is an introduction to the strengths, needs, and challenges of veterans as they transition from the military to higher education. Academic advisors must understand the way that veteran transitions to college are both similar to and different from those of the general student population so they can explore relevant topics and help connect student-veterans to appropriate supports and services that facilitate their personal and academic success. Advisors are given questions to employ in soliciting information about the ways they and their institutions can better serve student-veterans. Shawn W. Ryan, the lead writer, received a Master’s of College Student Development degree from Kansas State University and is currently an admissions counselor for the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University.

The NACADA Journal is a biannual refereed journal of the National Academic Advising Association. It exists to advance scholarly discourse, about the research, theory, and practice of academic advising in higher education. NACADA members receive subscriptions as part of their membership benefits. Journal articles can also be obtain by students through Kansas State University Libraries by making an Interlibrary Loan Request.

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