Date of Award

8-2016

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Executive Leadership

First Supervisor

Richard Maurer

Abstract

The purpose of this qualitative phenomenological study was to examine the transition experience of female veterans into college. The participants of the study were eight female veterans, receiving veteran benefits and that have completed at least one year of college. Four of the participants were combat veterans. Female veterans bring with them not only their individual experiences, but also challenges and problems they observed or experienced in the military. The female veteran population attending college continues to increase and there is limited research regarding their transition experience as they pursue their college degree. The researcher utilized Schlossberg’s (1988) transition theory and the 4Ss model by developing interview questions that focused on self, situation, supports, and strategies for coping of female veterans. Findings included the development of five major categories that focused on the female veteran’s individuality, education, lifestyle choices, support, and mental health. The researcher developed institutional recommendations to support the female veterans’ transition into college.

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