Graduation Date

Spring 3-13-2017


Worldwide Access

Submission Type


Degree Name



Professional Doctorate in Educational Leadership (ProDEL)


School of Education

Committee Chair

Connie Moss

Committee Member

James Schreiber

Committee Member

Joseph Werlinich


college, education, military, post-secondary, transition, veteran


A number of challenges await military and veteran students (MVS) as they make their way to college campuses. These non-traditional students will transition to an environment different from the one they experienced while serving. This problem exists because a majority of the post-secondary schools across the country are not prepared to assist with their transition.

An initial review of the literature related to a veteran student’s transition to college has shown that very few colleges and universities offer a transition program developed specifically for this non-traditional student group. This has led to the formulation of two research questions:

1. What support services do MVS identify as the most critical to their academic success?

2. What support elements do MVS identify as currently successful or lacking?

There were 214 MVS attending Duquesne University in the spring of 2017. I contend that survey feedback from representative participants will provide key data that highlights the essential services these warriors need and deserve to succeed, and help postsecondary service providers develop an effective transition program for the MVS community.

Helping MVS through the initial phases of the college transition depends on a great start. The individuals who possess the information unlocking those critical first steps are the MVS themselves. Their input is essential in the construction of an orientation program that will elevate their potential to transition successfully.