Date Approved


Date Posted


Degree Type

Open Access Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department or School

Leadership and Counseling

Committee Member

Dr. Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, Ph.D. (Chair)

Committee Member

Dr. David Anderson, Ed.D.

Committee Member

Dr. Jaclynn Tracy, Ed.D.

Committee Member

Dr. James Gallaher, Ph.D.


The tragic series of events that took place on September 11, 2001, changed the course of this nation and became the catalyst for wars that have spanned for more than a decade. As a result, over 2 million veterans have been deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), and Operation New Dawn. In 2008, President George W. Bush signed into law provisions for what has been commonly referred to as the Post 9/11 GI Bill. This legislation substantially increased educational benefits for veterans and has led to an increase of veterans enrolling in institutions of higher education across the country. Unfortunately, we still know very little about the student veteran, aside from the recent literature that has largely focused on combat veterans and the issues they face relative to their transition from the military to college. This qualitative collective case study takes a different approach as it focuses on the experiences of 14 transfer student veterans and their satisfaction at Southeast Public University. Tinto’s (1993) model of student attrition was used as a guiding framework, as this study did not focus on the veteran’s decision to depart their previous institution but to explore their current experience at Southeast Public University.