"Academic and Social Engagement Among College Student Veterans: An Investigation Using the Beginning Postsecondary Survey"
AERA 2018 Annual Meeting: “The Dreams, Possibilities, and Necessity of Public Education”
April 13-17, 2018
Title: Academic and Social Engagement Among College Student Veterans: An Investigation Using the Beginning Postsecondary Survey
Authors: Brandy Jenner
This study investigates the relationship between student engagement and degree attainment among student veterans and other military connected students in postsecondary education using the Beginning Postsecondary Survey. While there is evidence that engagement plays an important role in attainment for traditional and nontraditional college students, these factors have yet to be investigated among veterans and military connected students. I employ multivariate linear regression utilizing a fully interacted model whereby military service is interacted with all variables to investigate these relationships. Overall, I find differences in the relationship between engagement and degree attainment between veterans and non-veterans. In particular, I find that social engagement is negatively associated with degree attainment among veterans (but not among non-veterans). Implications are discussed.