A longitudinal study was conducted between 06/2012-02/2013 among 296 faculty and staff members at 11 institutions of higher education in eight states. Participants first completed a pre-survey (baseline) and the 30-minute online training followed immediately by a post-training survey. Participants then completed either a four-week (n=153), six-week (n=52), or 12-week (n=91) follow-up survey.
The study found that the training resulted in statistically significant changes in military cultural competency skills and gatekeeper skills (i.e. the skill to identify, approach, and refer a veteran exhibiting signs of psychological distress) that remained significant after 4, 6, and 12 weeks.
In addition, the study found that, when asked 4, 6, and 12 weeks after completing the training, that 50% of learner reported an increase in the number of student veterans they (1) identified as exhibiting signs of psychological distress, (2) approached to discuss concerns, and (3) referred to mental health support. Finally, 81% of participants rated the program as very good or excellent, 97% said they would recommend the course to their colleagues.
Kognito and Student Veterans of America are currently collaborating on a national study to examine the effectiveness of the training to change attitudes, skills, and actual behaviors of those who complete the training including student veterans and student leaders. Please contact us if you are interested to learn more about this study.