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Straight Talk for Veterans
A Guide to Success in College
by David Vacchi , Adam Fullerton, Aynsley Diamond, Glenn Phillips, Janine Wert, Kevin Jones, Michael Kirchner, Sarah E. Minnis, Sharon Young and Sosanya Jones View author's profile page

Overview


Straight Talk for Veterans: A Guide to Success in College answers the call by veterans and practitioners to move away from academic volumes that don't resonate with the reader and frankly fall short of really helping veterans succeed in college. With contributions from student veteran experts such as, Kevin Jones, Janine Wert, Aynsley Diamond, Adam Fullerton, Sharon Young, Michael Kirchner, Sarah Minnis, Glenn Phillips, Sosanya Jones, and David Vacchi, this volume answers the need from the field for a text that can both inform practitioners who intend to help veterans succeed and speak in no-nonsense language that veterans prefer. Veteran-friendliness is a straightforward concept that is, in most contexts, more lip-service than action and is rarely achieved. Conceptualizing veteran-friendliness is best done in plain language, the way veterans talk to each other, and is about improving the cultural competency of non-veterans. Straight Talk for Veterans is a straight-forward guide primarily intended for those transitioning from the military to higher education, but also for veteran transitions to civilian life. Designed as a companion text aligned with veteran transition curricula, it serves the dual purpose of guiding veterans through the initial culture shock that can come with joining an academic community directly from the military and guiding practitioners to be able to support veterans through a more culturally competent lens. Straight talk's diverse chapter authors deliver a comprehensive array of accessible information that covers concepts of negotiating transitions, navigating higher education, skills assessment and translation, and a series of fresh perspectives on concepts frequently misunderstood or mischaracterized by civilians. Written in a style that speaks directly to the student, this text is most valuable to the student veteran or the campus that wants to focus their energies on the real success of student veterans: graduating and finding a job.
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Description


Straight Talk for Veterans: A Guide to Success in College answers the call by veterans and practitioners to move away from academic volumes that don't resonate with the reader and frankly fall short of really helping veterans succeed in college. Veteran-friendliness is a straightforward concept that is, in most contexts, more lip-service than action and is rarely achieved. Conceptualizing veteran-friendliness is best done in plain language, the way veterans talk to each other, and is about improving the cultural competency of non-veterans. Too many volumes written by people that either aren't veterans or do not really understand veterans have left the field wanting for a text that can both inform practitioners who intend to help veterans succeed and speak in no-nonsense language that veterans prefer. Straight Talk for Veterans is a straight-forward guide primarily intended for those transitioning from the military to higher education, but also for general veteran transitions to civilian life. Designed as a companion text aligned with veteran transition curricula, it serves the dual purpose of guiding veterans through the initial culture shock that can come with joining and academic community directly from the military and guiding practitioners to be able to support veterans through a more culturally competent lens. Straight talk's diverse chapter authors deliver a comprehensive array of accessible information that covers concepts of negotiating transitions, navigating higher education, skills assessment and translation, and a series of fresh perspectives on concepts frequently misunderstood or mischaracterized by civilians. This text is most valuable to the student veteran or the campus that wants to focus their energies on the real success of student veterans: graduating and finding a job. Written in a style that speaks directly to the student, this is not an attempt to over analyze student veterans with anecdotal observations and small-scale research. Expert chapter authors come from positions of extensive experience as either veterans, those who have served veterans for a long time, those who have conducted meaningful research on the experiences of student veterans, or a combination of these. These elite scholars include Kevin Jones, Janine Wert, Aynsley Diamond, Adam Fullerton, Sharon Young, Michael Kirchner, Sarah Minnis, Glenn Phillips, and Sosanya Jones. The end-state of attending college for veterans is not simply to earn a degree, but to improve prospects for a career that will move a veteran forward to increasing economic prosperity. As such, the book takes a progressive approach from transitioning out of the military, into and through higher education and out into the work world. The reader's time is not spent rehashing the original GI Bill and its history, or education benefits - topics that have been well-trodden in the field. This book combines proven research, best practices and first-hand experience to deliver on what every student veteran needs: solid advice on how to succeed in the transition through college to the workplace.
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About the author


Dr. David Vacchi is the editor of this volume and is a US Army veteran of 20 years with deployments for Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom in the early 2000s. He earned a PhD in Higher Education Administration from UMass-Amherst as a student veteran using the Post 9/11 GI Bill in which his dissertation research focused on explaining student veteran success. An unapologetic advocate for viewing veterans through strengths perspectives, David critiques research and models that take a negative view of veterans, while leveraging his own scholarly and professional background to demonstrate how veterans succeed despite numerous obstacles to their success. Dr. Vacchi has been a faculty member or administrator in higher education at the undergraduate or graduate level since 2005. David earned a master's degree in Administration from Central Michigan University while on active duty and a bachelor's degree in Organizational Leadership and Supervision from Purdue University. David has been a national leader in the scholarship of veterans in higher education and has enjoyed numerous positions from which to advocate for improving the plight of student veterans, including serving as the Chair of NASPA's Veterans Knowledge Community and the Region I and Research and Publications representative for the same, a board member of the Southeast Council on Military Education, and has spoken at numerous local, regional, and national conferences about his scholarly work and research on veterans. David was the lead author on the definitive chapter on student veterans in the Higher Education Handbook of Theory and Research with his mentor Dr. Joe Berger.
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Book details

Genre:EDUCATION

Subgenre:Students & Student Life

Language:English

Pages:192

Format:Paperback

eBook ISBN:9781543986211

Paperback ISBN:9781733447911


Overview


Straight Talk for Veterans: A Guide to Success in College answers the call by veterans and practitioners to move away from academic volumes that don't resonate with the reader and frankly fall short of really helping veterans succeed in college. With contributions from student veteran experts such as, Kevin Jones, Janine Wert, Aynsley Diamond, Adam Fullerton, Sharon Young, Michael Kirchner, Sarah Minnis, Glenn Phillips, Sosanya Jones, and David Vacchi, this volume answers the need from the field for a text that can both inform practitioners who intend to help veterans succeed and speak in no-nonsense language that veterans prefer. Veteran-friendliness is a straightforward concept that is, in most contexts, more lip-service than action and is rarely achieved. Conceptualizing veteran-friendliness is best done in plain language, the way veterans talk to each other, and is about improving the cultural competency of non-veterans. Straight Talk for Veterans is a straight-forward guide primarily intended for those transitioning from the military to higher education, but also for veteran transitions to civilian life. Designed as a companion text aligned with veteran transition curricula, it serves the dual purpose of guiding veterans through the initial culture shock that can come with joining an academic community directly from the military and guiding practitioners to be able to support veterans through a more culturally competent lens. Straight talk's diverse chapter authors deliver a comprehensive array of accessible information that covers concepts of negotiating transitions, navigating higher education, skills assessment and translation, and a series of fresh perspectives on concepts frequently misunderstood or mischaracterized by civilians. Written in a style that speaks directly to the student, this text is most valuable to the student veteran or the campus that wants to focus their energies on the real success of student veterans: graduating and finding a job.

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Description


Straight Talk for Veterans: A Guide to Success in College answers the call by veterans and practitioners to move away from academic volumes that don't resonate with the reader and frankly fall short of really helping veterans succeed in college. Veteran-friendliness is a straightforward concept that is, in most contexts, more lip-service than action and is rarely achieved. Conceptualizing veteran-friendliness is best done in plain language, the way veterans talk to each other, and is about improving the cultural competency of non-veterans. Too many volumes written by people that either aren't veterans or do not really understand veterans have left the field wanting for a text that can both inform practitioners who intend to help veterans succeed and speak in no-nonsense language that veterans prefer. Straight Talk for Veterans is a straight-forward guide primarily intended for those transitioning from the military to higher education, but also for general veteran transitions to civilian life. Designed as a companion text aligned with veteran transition curricula, it serves the dual purpose of guiding veterans through the initial culture shock that can come with joining and academic community directly from the military and guiding practitioners to be able to support veterans through a more culturally competent lens. Straight talk's diverse chapter authors deliver a comprehensive array of accessible information that covers concepts of negotiating transitions, navigating higher education, skills assessment and translation, and a series of fresh perspectives on concepts frequently misunderstood or mischaracterized by civilians. This text is most valuable to the student veteran or the campus that wants to focus their energies on the real success of student veterans: graduating and finding a job. Written in a style that speaks directly to the student, this is not an attempt to over analyze student veterans with anecdotal observations and small-scale research. Expert chapter authors come from positions of extensive experience as either veterans, those who have served veterans for a long time, those who have conducted meaningful research on the experiences of student veterans, or a combination of these. These elite scholars include Kevin Jones, Janine Wert, Aynsley Diamond, Adam Fullerton, Sharon Young, Michael Kirchner, Sarah Minnis, Glenn Phillips, and Sosanya Jones. The end-state of attending college for veterans is not simply to earn a degree, but to improve prospects for a career that will move a veteran forward to increasing economic prosperity. As such, the book takes a progressive approach from transitioning out of the military, into and through higher education and out into the work world. The reader's time is not spent rehashing the original GI Bill and its history, or education benefits - topics that have been well-trodden in the field. This book combines proven research, best practices and first-hand experience to deliver on what every student veteran needs: solid advice on how to succeed in the transition through college to the workplace.

Read more

About the author


Dr. David Vacchi is the editor of this volume and is a US Army veteran of 20 years with deployments for Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom in the early 2000s. He earned a PhD in Higher Education Administration from UMass-Amherst as a student veteran using the Post 9/11 GI Bill in which his dissertation research focused on explaining student veteran success. An unapologetic advocate for viewing veterans through strengths perspectives, David critiques research and models that take a negative view of veterans, while leveraging his own scholarly and professional background to demonstrate how veterans succeed despite numerous obstacles to their success. Dr. Vacchi has been a faculty member or administrator in higher education at the undergraduate or graduate level since 2005. David earned a master's degree in Administration from Central Michigan University while on active duty and a bachelor's degree in Organizational Leadership and Supervision from Purdue University. David has been a national leader in the scholarship of veterans in higher education and has enjoyed numerous positions from which to advocate for improving the plight of student veterans, including serving as the Chair of NASPA's Veterans Knowledge Community and the Region I and Research and Publications representative for the same, a board member of the Southeast Council on Military Education, and has spoken at numerous local, regional, and national conferences about his scholarly work and research on veterans. David was the lead author on the definitive chapter on student veterans in the Higher Education Handbook of Theory and Research with his mentor Dr. Joe Berger.
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Tracy
Straight talk for Veterans Dr. Vacchi, I applaud you and all the other contributors for a well written, informative student veteran friendly book. This book is an essential resource for veterans transitioning out of the military to higher education. Extremely engaging...such heart and energy from experts who know first hand what it will take for students to be successful. - Tracy Threatt, USN-Veteran, CPCC, Student Veterans advisor Read more
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