Document Type

Conference Paper

Publication Date



12 pp.

Conference Name

2021 The Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity, Virtual 24-28 January, 2021


With the growing number of adult and military veterans entering higher education, it is important to understand and incorporate the basics of andragogy in curriculum, course development, and the learning environment to facilitate learning and degree completion. Researchers in this S-STEM project funded by the NSF share observations of a student-faculty partnership that resulted from the development of a formal learning community. A series of targeted seminars were conducted that appear to have increased adult and military veteran engineering and technology students’ levels of connectedness and self-efficacy. Results of this pilot study are shared as an evidence-based practice to enhance adult and military veteran students’ learning and degree completion.


(©) American Society for Engineering Education, CoNECD Conference Proceedings, Virtual, 24-28 January, 2021.

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Original Publication Citation

Sibson, K.B., Dean, A.W.Tomovic, C., Jovanović, V. M., & Landaeta, R.E. (2021) Facilitating veteran and adult students' learning and retention in engineering: Faculty-student partnership - A model of an evidence-based practice. Paper presented at 2021 CoNECD, 24-28 January 2021, Virtual.


0000-0002-4292-4039 (Tomovic), 0000-0002-8626-903X (Jovanović)