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Study on Challenges for Veterans in Classrooms

March 17, 2017

A new study from the University of California, Riverside, shows that student veterans attending rural community colleges struggle with integrating into campus communities.

The study surveyed 211 student veterans and learned from 23 survey respondents that they struggled with the aftermath of trauma exposure, including sleep disturbance, hypervigilance, irritable or aggressive behavior, and difficulty concentrating.

The study was published in the Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability and states that colleges should integrate support services for veterans into campus communities, as well as refer them to mental health-care resources.

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Ashley A. Smith

Ashley A. Smith, Reporter, covers community colleges, for-profit schools and non-traditional students for Inside Higher Ed. She joined the publication in 2015 after covering government and K-12 education for the Fort Myers News-Press in Florida for three years. Ashley also covered K-12 and higher education for three years at the Marshfield News-Herald in Wisconsin. She has interned with The Flint Journal, USA Today and the Detroit Free Press. Ashley grew up in Detroit and is a 2008 graduate of Michigan State University. 

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