Grant: $235,178 - National Science Foundation - Aug. 19, 2009
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Award Description: This engineering education award to the Syracuse University will develop an innovative model of attracting veterans to engineering study, predicting how many will be likely to study engineering and customizing the degree program to their needs. The results will be presented on the web, at technical conferences and published in professional journals, and the tools developed will be available through the projects website. The project is expected to assist veterans' transition to civilian life and to enhance the number of students who complete engineering degrees and are ready to fill engineering jobs or start new high tech businesses.
Project Description: One critical challenge of war is to resettle veterans of the armed forces into productive civilian roles and professions. Such an obligation repays soldiers for their service and significant sacrifice. The Post-9/11 GI Bill, whose benefits begin 1 August 2009, offers the most comprehensive education benefits package since the original GI Bill of 1944, providing a range of opportunities and services for veterans and dependents. It is believed that many GIs will emerge from their military experiences with skill sets pitched toward technical fields and will even favor engineering education. The opportunity exists for this group to be instrumental in our nation?s now urgent need for future scientists and engineers. In joining these trends at this critical juncture in time, it is imperative that planning and implementation for the influx of GIs into academia hinge upon projections about GIs? goals, aspirations and likely behavior that are informed by a sound evidentiary base. This is the purpose of the proposed project. The project has eight objectives: 1) Compilation and synthesis of historical and public records; 2) Conduct focus groups; 3) Create web-based survey; 4) Deploy web-based survey; 5) Analyze focus group results 6) Analyze web-based survey results; 7) Recommend interventions for GI support; and 8) Provide prediction of GI participation in engineering education programs.
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