(Feb. 7, 2019) – To advance UTSA’s progress as a student success exemplar, the UTSA Office of Veteran and Military Affairs (VMA) is taking a deep dive into better understanding and serving student veterans. Michael Logan ’11, UTSA VMA associate director, is researching effective strategies to serve and support the success of veterans and military-connected students.
Logan collaborated with Amaury Nora, UTSA professor in the UTSA Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, and Gerry Dizinno, emeritus associate professor of educational leadership and policy studies, to develop an instrument which measures sense of belonging as well as the factors that influence this perception, specifically among student veterans on college campuses.
As a veteran of the Marine Corps and UTSA graduate, Logan is personally familiar with the challenge of transitioning from military service to higher education.
“Influences affecting persistence of non-traditional students are well researched,” said Logan. “Despite the abundance of literature tying student success with sense of belonging, there is no information regarding the effect that military service has on student veterans' perception.
“The data we are gathering will be useful in many ways. In addition to the academic value of this information, we will have a way to truly quantify how our efforts to serve those who served, directly affect what our student veterans perceive.”
According to Logan’s research, veterans tend to feel disconnected from their peers on campus, hindering their engagement with campus culture. The result is difficulty achieving a successful transition from military service to the higher education environment.
One way the UTSA VMA has worked to improve student veteran engagement and success is through a program called the Veteran Success Collaborative (VSC), which was piloted in academic year 2017-18 to assist student veterans navigate institutional barriers, primarily through peer mentoring. William Lansdon, UTSA VMA program coordinator and Army veteran, served as the lead peer mentor for this initiative.
“One major lesson we learned through the VSC pilot is that more time, effort and resources were needed than originally expected,” said Lansdon. “To provide and maintain the level of service that student veterans need, we partnered with other programs across the campus that were providing programming, similar to the VSC, for other student populations. The result is the expansion of our network of support for UTSA’s nearly 5,000 military-connected students.”
As a result, the VSC has evolved into the Military Affiliated Collaborative to better represent the services and support that they now offer.
Logan and Lansdon will be representing UTSA at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Symposium on Military-Connected Students this month in Las Vegas, Nev., They are the only members of the UT System selected to present their original research at the conference.
UTSA was recently recognized as the No. 6 most Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
Celebrate UTSA’s 50th Anniversary and share social media posts about the 50th using the hashtag #UTSA50.
UTSA will offer science, engineering, architecture, sports, music, writing and language and culture camps for kids, teens and adults. Register now.Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
Future Roadrunners and families prepare for everything they need to know before the fall semester.Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
Join Dr. Max Kilger for a fascinating look at the research illuminating the motivations behind malicious online actors, a key component to combating our nation’s digital national security issues.Geekdom Event Centre, 131 Soledad, San Antonio
Roadrunners get involved in fun, engaging and interactive experiences to gear up for the new school year.Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
The success of African Americans in popular sports has been well documented, while less attention has been given to their intellectual achievements. Utilizing historical, sociological, and cultural perspectives, Dr. Langston Clark will explore the intersection of Black Intellectualism and Black Athleticism.The Garage at the Pearl, 250 E. Grayson, San Antonio
Join the UTSA Small Business Development Center for its 5th annual day of immersion into digital marketing through seminars, Q&A sessions, and networking. Industry-expert presenters include Mark Nanez, Cory Ames, Charity Matthews, and Steven Bullard.Durango Building (DBB 2.316), Downtown Campus
The Roadrunners open up 2019 play against hometown rival UIW Cardinals.Alamodome, 100 Montana St., San Antonio
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.