Publication Date

Winter 12-30-2020

Document Type

Action research project: Open access

Degree Name

MA Higher Education Leadership


Leadership Studies


The purpose of my research was to help provide better resources for student veterans during their experience in higher education at the University of San Diego (USD). My research question was: how can I collaborate with campus partners in creating a central hub for the Military and Veterans Program at the University of San Diego. This was important because as a student veteran there are multiple obstacles to overcome while learning how to be integrated back into civilian life. I looked specifically at student veterans as they have particular characteristics that may differ from other military-connected students on campus, such as dependents. Through focus groups and interviews, I found that student veterans are asking for more shared knowledge across campus and resources to support them holistically. I have learned by creating the Military-Connected Hub, this has allowed for more folks on campus to better serve student veterans.