SPRING Program management information for the college and military by eminems


									                                                                                                               SPRING 2005
   Program management information for the college and military educators of the SOCAD degree networks.

SOCAD Updates                                                        New Academic Subject Areas added to Transferability
  As a voluntary education program for the Army, SOCAD            Tables. The development of a Psychology degree network has
                                                                  required immeasurable hours of work to review course descrip-
has experienced tremendous growth and change over the past
                                                                  tions, evaluate course comparability, track college responses
few years. We share the following program facts to give you a
sense of the size and complexity of the degree program at the     for course comparability approvals, and finalize T-Table trans-
                                                                  fer guarantees. The net result of this effort has been the devel-
beginning of 2005:
                                                                  opment of more than thirty new psychology and social science
  Number of distinct SOCAD institutions: 120                      course categories into the SOC degree network system. Four-
  Institutions participating in SOCAD-2:     92                   teen institutions offering associate degrees in psychology will
  Institutions participating in SOCAD-4:     68                   participate in the new network at the 2-year level; at the
  Number of SOCAD-2 student                                       bachelor’s degree level, twenty-three academic institutions will
     agreements issued in 2004:          12,146                   participate. Psychology curriculum exhibits and newly-catego-
  Number of SOCAD-4 student                                       rized psychology courses in the Transferability Tables will ap-
     agreements issued in 2004:           7,254                   pear in the Spring 2005 SOCAD Handbook.
   Of the 120 SOCAD member institutions, eighty-eight pro-           Additionally, three general education subject areas have been
vide traditional classroom instruction “on the ground.” Fifty     articulated into the associate- and bachelor’s-level transferabil-
colleges and universities provide distance learning degree pro-   ity tables. Recently-developed SOC course categories include
grams in support of various Army education initiatives such       international relations, music appreciation, and world religions.
as the Army Career Degree Program and eArmyU. A quick             As well, a business-related category in consumer behavior was
tally of those numbers indicates that many institutions pro-      developed for the bachelor’s-level (category previously existed
vide both traditional classroom and distance learning delivery    for associate-level network programs).
of their academic programs to Soldiers and their family mem-         Several existing course categories have undergone subject
bers.                                                             matter expert review and been further refined to appropriately
   College participation in the SOCAD degree system has in-       reflect course changes in academia. English Composition I
creased in the last five years. A 23% net gain in the number of   (EN024A/B), Accounting Principles (AC001A/B), and Ac-
member institutions has been evidenced since 2000. That fig-      counting for Managerial Decisions (AC004A/B) have all been
ure, however, belies the program changes that have occurred.      redefined and sub-divided into more narrowly defined subject
Thirty-one new academic institutions have joined SOCAD in         areas for greater clarity and content comparability. College
five years, many of which brought in multiple degree programs.    courses impacted have been circulated for peer review and trans-
Likewise, existing member institutions have expanded their        fer guarantee authorization. All new SOC category codes with
program offerings to one or more installations. For a current     the corresponding transferable courses will debut in the Spring
list of the SOCAD-2 and -4 colleges, go to the SOCAD Web          2005 SOCAD Handbooks.
site (http://www.soc.aascu.org/socad/)
   Expansion has also occurred in the development of course
transferability for servicemembers, both in the number of SOC     Military Service Guidelines for
course category subject areas possessing guaranteed course        Establishing and/or Marketing
transferability and the number of courses in the course cat-
egories. As of October 2004, the SOCAD Degree Network
                                                                  College Programs on
System contained the following:                                   Military Installations
  •    379    2-year course categories                               Colleges and universities that are new to providing educa-
  •    224    4-year course categories                            tional programs to the military population are often unsure how
  • 8,463     active college courses in 2-year t-tables           to go about establishing educational partnerships at a specific
  • 4,641     active college courses in 4-year t-tables           location. Below is a synopsis of DoD and Army regulations
  • 24,702    courses maintained in database                      that govern such relationships in an attempt to steer college
                (active courses and those “befored”)              recruiters and administrators to the appropriate installation
                                                                  personnel responsible for voluntary education.
  The Department of Defense (DoD) Directive 1322.8, “Vol-              Marketing Degree Programs to the Military. Institutions
untary Education Programs for Military Personnel, and, DoD          wishing to market or promote their educational programs to
Instruction (DoDI) 1322.25, “Voluntary Education Programs,”         Soldiers, commanders or groups of Soldiers on base need to
promulgate policy for the Services to establish voluntary, adult    follow established protocols. Any on-base contact initiated by
continuing education programs on military installations. The        a college and university should be cleared and approved by
DoDI provides specific guidelines for establishing, maintain-       the Education Services Officer for the installation. As a cour-
ing, and operating programs along with procedures for obtain-       tesy to the OCONUS Regional Education Advisors (REAs)
ing on-base programs/services.                                      and the CONUS Education Services Officers (ESOs), please
   Offering Degree Programs on an Installation. Specifi-            follow the policy outlined below when advertising your insti-
cally, the Army implements DoD policy through Army Regu-            tution (Advertising includes: placing ads in a local newspaper,
lation 621-5, Army Continuing Education System. The De-             mailing brochures to a site, posting flyers at an education cen-
partment of Army civilian Education Services Officers (ESO)         ter, etc) or establishing on-base contact with military units or
operate the commanders’ education programs and serve as their       tenant organizations.
education subject matter expert. In the continental United States      Steps to Advertising your educational program(s):
(CONUS) ESOs establish Memorandums of Agreement with                   1) Use the published list of Army Education Centers to ob-
institutions to provide postsecondary education programs (vo-             tain the appropriate REA/ESO. To contact: 1. Go to the
cational-technical certificates, associate, bachelor’s and                ACES Site Listing at https://www.aces.army.mil/aces/
master’s degrees) based on regular assessment of the need for             ACESsitesAll.asp. The “ACES Site Listing” will appear
educational programs at their specific locations. Programs can            and identify the address, phone, fax, and email data by
only be established on post when there are sufficient numbers             installation.
of students to sustain the program. On-post providers of un-              DANTES also provides a list of Education Centers for
dergraduate programs must be members of Servicemembers                    all services at http://www.dantes.doded.mil/dantes_web/
Opportunity Colleges. Outside of the Continental United States            apps/edcenters/
(OCONUS), postsecondary programs must be contracted in
                                                                       2) For CONUS sites, contact the installation ESO; outline
accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation due to
                                                                          what you would like to do and when you intend to ex-
Status of Forces Agreements and logistical requirements of
                                                                          ecute it. For OCONUS sites, contact the REA; outline
delivering programs in an overseas theater. In Europe, the Army
                                                                          what you would like to do and when you intend to ex-
is the Executive Agent for the Tri-Service contract for post-
                                                                          ecute it.
secondary programs and services, while in the Far East, the
Air Force is the Executive Agent.                                      3) Obtain confirmation/approval from the REA or ESO
                                                                          about your plans before implementing them. Give each
   Offering Degree Programs via Distance Learning. Aca-
                                                                          REA/ESO enough time to review and reply to your re-
demic institutions interested in providing on-line postsecond-
                                                                          quest prior to implementation. This will allow each of
ary certificate and degree programs Army-wide must be a mem-
                                                                          you to align your plans with the installation’s eArmyU
ber of SOC/SOCAD and apply to the Army’s eArmyU inte-
                                                                          preparations. It will also give each of you an opportu-
grator. An Education Service Officer at one military installa-
                                                                          nity to become acquainted with the office.
tion does not have the authority to sign a Memorandum of
Agreement for educational service provision outside his or her        In reference to establishing an office on the installation, you
immediate jurisdiction. Since the inception of the eArmyU in        must have a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in place
January 2001 Army has channeled all on-line distance learn-         between the institution and the installation command to pro-
ing degree programs through eArmyU to Soldiers. At this time        vide programs on site. Otherwise, you are not authorized to
eArmyU has completed the Education Partner Solicitation se-         establish an office on the installation.
lection process and no new degree programs are being added.
If your Academic Institution would like to be added to a mail-
ing list for information regarding future opportunities to be-      Army Career Degree Program
come part of the eArmyU team, go to the eArmyU web site:              The Army Career Degree Program (ACDP) includes a sub-
www.earmyu.com. Once at the site, click on the top right box        set of SOCAD colleges and universities that provide degree
entitled “About eArmyU”, then click on the heading, “Become         programs uniquely matched to the recommended professional
an eArmyU Partner”. That should provide you all the infor-          development path for their occupational specialty. The pur-
mation you need to consider participation.                          pose of the ACDP is to match civilian equivalent degrees to
                                                                    enlisted military occupational specialities, thus allowing Sol-
diers to maximize the learning achieved through their own            gaining college credit. Soldiers and family members who pos-
Army career development while enabling them to complete              sess skill competency and subject knowledge in specific sub-
college degrees through distance learning anywhere in the            ject areas can demonstrate and validate prior learning at the
world. An Army Career Degree plan is a fully-articulated de-         collegiate level to their home institution by successfully pass-
gree plan that shows Soldiers credit that colleges award for         ing a subject examination from a nationally recognized test-
their Army training and experience. Options to complete re-          ing program. Soldiers deployed in areas where electronic con-
maining degree requirements are also listed, including tradi-        nectivity is limited may opt to study textbooks and study guides
tional/distance learning courses, license and certification evalu-   independently and then use any of the approved testing pro-
ation, and national testing programs. More information about         grams to validate the acquired knowledge.
the ACDP and a current list of degree plans can be found on-            The following summary outlines non-traditional credit re-
line at http://www.soc.aascu.org/socad/ACD.html.                     sources shown on the SOCAD Student Agreements during FY
   The ACDP is an initiative sponsored by ACES Army Edu-             2004:
cation Division and the Training and Doctrine Command, and
SOCAD. The Army requested SOC to expand the SOCAD                                                                  SOCAD-2      SOCAD-4      All SOCAD
program to incorporate a career degree option which maxi-                                                          Credit Hrs   Credit Hrs   Total Credit
                                                                      Credit Source                                                          Awards
mizes Army learning experiences and minimizes additional
                                                                      Service Schools                                  66,381      54,870        121,251
college study. SOCAD identifies and articulates civilian col-
                                                                      Military Occupational Specialty                 100,060      59,299       159,359
lege degree programs to accommodate specific, high-density
                                                                      College Level Examination Program (CLEP)          5,857       6,813        12,670
military occupational specialty populations based on Army
                                                                      DANTES Subject Examinations (DSST)                1,201       2,580         3,781
educational priorities. Over 70 Army Career Degrees have been
                                                                      Excelsior College Exams (formerly ACT/PEP)           93         689           782
implemented to date with several degrees under development.
                                                                      Certification/Licensure Exams                       108         797           905
The program is marketed collectively by the Army Education
                                                                      Other Testing/Evaluated Credit Sources            3,747       9,525        13,272
Division, the respective Army Training Proponent, the Aca-
demic provider (college or university), and SOC. For more             Total: Non-Traditional Credit Sources           177,447     134,573       312,020

information about the program, go to the above mentioned
ACDP Web page or contact Darcey Cuffman, SOCAD Army
Career Degree Program Manager.
                                                                     SOCAD Leadership Transitioning
                                                                        Kathryn McMurtry Snead has been appointed president of
                                                                     SOC. Snead’s career spans 25 years in higher education ad-
Non-Traditional Learning Sources                                     ministration. She currently serves as SOC Army Degrees
Save Tuition Assistance Funding                                      (SOCAD) Project Director. In this position Snead directed the
                                                                     overall management of the SOCAD Project including eArmyU
   During FY 2004, the Army Continuing Education System
                                                                     academic consultation and Army Career Degrees Program.
experienced a cost avoidance benefit of more than $78 million
                                                                     Snead, whose appointment was effective March 7, 2005, joined
dollars from SOCAD institutions awarding college credit from
                                                                     SOC in 1995. She succeeds Steve Kime, who has headed the
non-traditional credit sources.
                                                                     program since 1989.
   According to end of year data, 177,447 semester hours of
                                                                        “Kathryn Snead’s successful tenure with SOC combined
non-traditional credit were awarded by SOCAD-2 member in-
                                                                     with her university and community college experience are an
stitutions for prior learning experiences. In the SOCAD-4 net-
                                                                     effective combination that will help the program address these
work system, member institutions awarded 110, 556 semester
                                                                     challenges and advance the work of SOC on behalf of this
hours of non-traditional credit in 2004. On average, nearly one-
                                                                     country’s servicemembers and their families,” said Constantine
fourth of a Soldier’s associate degree requirements are satis-
                                                                     W. Curris, president of the American Association of State Col-
fied by non-traditional credit awards for military experience
                                                                     leges and Universities (AASCU).
or national testing programs; at the bachelor’s level, roughly
                                                                        A national search is currently underway to select a new
16-20% of a Soldier’s degree requirements are completed by
                                                                     SOCAD Project Director.
alternative learning experiences. Credit for military training
and occupational specialty experience accounts for nearly 90%
of evaluated credit awarded to servicemembers.
   National testing programs such as CLEP, DANTES Subject
Examinations, Advanced Placement exams, and Excelsior
College Exams are an often-overlooked no-cost solutions for
Changing Trends in Type of Degrees                                  SOCAD-2 Enrollments based on Student Agreements
Pursued by Soldier-Students                                        - General Studies
                                                                                                                     Last 5 Years
                                                                   - Interdisciplinary Studies               21%              9%
   Historical data as to the types of degrees pursued within the   - Management                              10%              3%
SOCAD degree network indicates a slight change of focus in         - Criminal Justice                          7%             9%
recent years. The data, at the right, summarizes student enroll-   - Computer Studies & Info Sys Mgmt          4%             5%
                                                                   - Business/General Business                 2%             5%
ments by degree network indicated on SOCAD student agree-          - Automotive Maintenance                    2%            <1%
ments. Some factors that influence student preference within
                                                                    SOCAD-4 Enrollments based on Student Agreements
the wide selection of degree options available in SOCAD are
                                                                                                        Cumulative   Last 5 Years
availability of degree programs by distance learning, applica-     - Management                              27%             15%
tion of non-traditional credit for military experiences, and po-   - Interdisciplinary Studies               16%             28%
                                                                   - Computer Studies & Info Sys Mgmt        12%             10%
tential employment opportunities.                                  - Business Administration                   8%            15%
                                                                   - Professional Aeronautics                  7%             8%
                                                                   - Criminal Justice                          5%             9%

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