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Planning for Veterans’ Success: The Degree Map as an Advising Solution
Online Learning
  • Tracey M. Richardson, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Jason M. Ruckert, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • James W Marion, Jr, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
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Due to the expected influx of veterans attending college, it is critical that higher education not only be cognizant of the projected growth but also take a proactive stand and properly plan for these students’ success. Academic planning begins with advising professionals developing open communications and becoming equipped to guide veteran students through the matriculation process. Veteran students often have difficulty interpreting university scheduling and frequently have access to only a limited advising staff for course selection information, which may prompt some to not persist in an online degree program. This study’s findings suggest the degree map is a powerful tool to help students through class selection and sequencing. The degree map data provides transparency that will contribute to institutional and governmental monitoring for ongoing outreach to student veterans.

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Tracey M. Richardson, Jason M. Ruckert and James W Marion. "Planning for Veterans’ Success: The Degree Map as an Advising Solution" Online Learning Vol. 19 Iss. 1 (2015) p. 64 - 80
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