What is the relationship between military students’ current military statuses and their university experience?

Skyfactor, formerly Educational Benchmarking (EBI), and Ball State University partnered to create Mapworks, which capitalizes on Ball State’s 20 years of experience with the original MAP (Making Achievement Possible) and Skyfactor’s 14 years of experience with national benchmarking assessments. Mapworks empowers the faculty and professional staff to effectively and efficiently impact student success. Mapworks is a comprehensive student retention and success program designed for all class levels. Mapworks identifies students early in the term allowing for immediate support and intervention. It then serves as the infrastructure to manage those critical outreach efforts.

This research note studies first-year military students and veterans and examines differences between those students based on their current military status. Data from the 2013 Fall Transition Survey is summarized below and includes 1,728 first-year students with a military background from 113 institutions. Two groups were compared: “Currently Serving,” or those students who answered “Active duty military,” or “Guard or Reservist –subject to deployment,” and “Not Currently Serving,” which includes students who responded “Separated or discharged from current and future military obligations.” Students responding “Other” were excluded from this analysis.