Student Veterans And Traditional Students

995 WordsDec 1, 20154 Pages
As the number of student veterans continues to increase within the university system, it is imperative to examine both the similarities and the differences between student veterans and traditional students (students without military experience), and what effect those differences may have on student veterans’ ability to succeed. We surveyed thirty undergraduates at the University of Alaska Anchorage, assessing their grade point average, age, hours spent studying, and various other factors which we deemed our “criteria for success”. In doing so, we believed that we would find a radical difference between the grade point average of student veterans compared to their traditional counterparts. The data collected suggests that our hypothesis was correct: student veterans were a letter grade behind their peers. This gap in achievement between the two groups suggests that student veterans’ ability to adjust to life within the university system requires further examination. As more veterans continue to seek higher education, it is essential that those within the university system strive to understand, and alleviate some of the difficulties burdening this emerging demographic. Student Veterans: Evaluating Achievement Gaps in an Emerging Demographic Introduction As the United States’ military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan continues to decrease, more military members are beginning to transition back into civilian life, and for a large number of these individuals, this means
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