Building a Vibrant SVO Community By Managing Transition Stress Through Common Curriculum
Track: Student Success Track (Sponsored by Southern New Hampshire University)
In building a strong SVO community we need to be cognizant of the stress that all too frequently accompanies the transition from military life to academic-civilian life and we need to take steps to reduce that stress. Both Manhattan College and Cleveland State University have created curricular structures, holding a percentage of seats for student veterans in designated sections of a required course. These curricular structures provide student veterans the opportunity to meet and interact with other student veterans who otherwise might be anonymous to them. These institutions (a small Catholic college and a large state university) while very different in nature have instituted a variety of techniques to support their programs, including a retreat program. In addition to explaining our two programs, the data revealing the successes of these programs will be presented, and alternative ways to implement these programs at other colleges and universities will be discussed.