Do Classroom Interactions Relate to Considerations of Institutional Departure Among Student Veterans and Service Members?

  • Frank FernandezEmail author
  • Dan Merson
  • Hyun Kyoung Ro
  • Susan Rankin


The number of student veterans in higher education has significantly increased over the last decade; however, many student veterans and service members consider dropping out of higher education and ultimately choose to do so. In this study we conducted a secondary data analysis of a campus climate study that included responses from more than 400 student veterans. We draw on prior literature on student veterans and conceptually ground our study in the literature on campus climates. We found that student veterans who have positive perceptions of their relationships with professors in the classroom environment are less likely to consider leaving their universities.


Veterans Student support Military Veteran-friendly Faculty 



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frank Fernandez
    • 1
    Email author
  • Dan Merson
    • 2
  • Hyun Kyoung Ro
    • 3
  • Susan Rankin
    • 2
  1. 1.University of HoustonHoustonUSA
  2. 2.The Pennsylvania State UniversityState CollegeUSA
  3. 3.Bowling Green State UniversityBowling GreenUSA

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