This phenomenological study examined how a comprehensive mid-sized regional university can attract, retain and graduate more graduate and postgraduate student veterans. This study was framed by a grand tour question, three research questions, and several sub-tiered questions. Data collected from interviews with student veterans pursuing graduate and postgraduate degrees after receiving a baccalaureate are examined. The experiences noted and documented in this study show that the motivation for student veterans to pursue graduate and doctoral degrees is based primarily on data gleaned from personal interviews and data collected from those interviews. The participants stated that the availability of veteran educational benefits and the desire to get promoted or enhance their professional competitiveness was a primary motivator to pursue a graduate degree. Additionally, every student veteran stated that they identify as a veteran first and foremost. And that relying upon and trusting other veterans across the spectrum of their higher educational pursuits helped them complete their respective degree programs. This phenomenological study was not without limitations, and further investigation on the topic is encouraged and recommended.
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P-20 Education, Student Veteran, Graduate Degree, Minority Group, G.I. Bill, Post 9/11.
Dissertation Committee Chair
Dr. Randal H. Wilson
Dr. Tim Todd
Dr. Terrence Holmes
Dr. Walter Oakley
Allen, Scott R., "A PHENOMENOLOGICAL STUDY ON INCREASING THE NUMBER OF STUDENT VETERANS IN GRADUATE AND POSTGRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS AT A COMPREHENSIVE MID-SIZED REGIONAL UNIVERSITY" (2022). Murray State Theses and Dissertations. 275.
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