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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type




Degree Name

Higher Education Administration: Ed.D.


Educational Administration and Higher Education


School of Education

First Advisor

Dr. Jennifer Jones

Second Advisor

Dr. Emeka Ikegwuonu

Third Advisor

Dr. Rachel Friedensen

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Allison Newton

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

National Guard students, academic disruptions, re-enrollment


The United States was involved in the longest sustained military conflict in modern history in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2001 and 2021 (Megerian, 2021). Members of the National Guard played a vital role in supporting war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan (Hitt et al., 2015). These service members serve a dual federal and state function, they can deploy to war zones overseas and can be mobilized state-side to support state emergencies (Molina & Morse, 2015). Mobilization of National Guard students in support of various military efforts has been theorized to lead to issues with re-enrolling in college (Cate et al., 2017). The case study explored the effectiveness of re-enrollment policies for National Guard students after an academic disruption at a small Regional Public University (RPU) in the South. Examination of current re-enrollment policies and their effectiveness are critical as National Guard students often experience multiple academic disruptions during their time in college


I dedicate this study to all current and former service members of the United States (US) Armed Forces. Selfless sacrifice is not a common trait shared by most people, for the few that have it we should do our very best to love and support them. I would argue that we are seeing historic amounts of current and former service members entering higher education institutions all around the US. Our colleges and universities, and higher education researchers, have not done a good job of trying to understand the nuances of service and pursuing post-secondary education. Within this context, I offer up this study as but one piece of a missing puzzle that needs to be investigated on a more regular basis. We owe it to these current and former service members.



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