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									 Understanding the Military
Evaluation Process: A Sound
     Academic Practice

           Cynthia Bruce
Associate Director, Military Programs

 California State University-Fullerton
             May 16, 2008
Center for Lifelong Learning
         Guiding Philosophy

   “WHAT an individual learns is more
  important than WHEN, WHERE, and
     HOW the individual learned it.”
 What is the Military Evaluations Program

 The Military Evaluations Program provides institutions with a
  basis for recognizing military educational experiences in terms of
  civilian academic credit.

 Since the early 40s, MEP has reviewed and made credit
  recommendations for thousands of college-level courses offered
  by the military services.

 Since 1974, MEP began evaluation of military occupational
  specialties as well.
Commission on
Lifelong Learning
                       Commission on Lifelong Learning

Commission Chair – Term Ending June 30, 2009 Roger H. Sublett, President, Union Institute and University (OH)
ACE Staff Officer: Susan Porter Robinson, Vice President, Lifelong Learning, Center for Lifelong Learning

                                                              Term Ending June 30, 2010
 Term Ending June 30, 2008                                       Deborah M. DiCroce, President, Tidewater Community
    John J. Bowen, University President, Johnson & Wales         College (VA)
     University (RI)                                             Mauri Ditzler, President, Monmouth College (IL)
    Robert A. Corrigan, President San Francisco State           William B. Drake, Jr., President, Midway College (KY)
     University (CA)
    Jay Halfond, Dean, Metropolitan College, Boston             Rockne Freitas, Chancellor, Hawai'i Community
     University (MA)                                              College
    Scott E. Knapp, President, Central Maine Community          Sandra L. Kurtinitis, President, The Community College
     College                                                      of Baltimore County (MD)
    Cameron J. Martindale, Senior Vice Chancellor for           David E. Leasure, President, Jones International
     Advancement and External Relations, Troy University          University (CO)
     (AL)                                                        David L. Levinson, President, Norwalk Community
    Irvin D. Reid, President, Wayne State University (MI)        College (CT)
    Craig D. Weidemann, Vice President for Outreach, The        Anita D. McDonald, Chancellor, Pennsylvania State
     Pennsylvania State University                                University–DuBois
                                                                 Regina S. Peruggi, President, Kingsborough
                                                                  Community College
                                                                  City University of New York
 Term Ending June 30, 2009                                       Ronald P. Sexton, Chancellor, Montana State
    Tony Atwater, President , Indiana University of              University–Billings
     Pennsylvania                                                Jesse R. Smith, President, Jones County Junior
    Fay R. Avery, Chancellor, University of Northern             College (MS)
    Lionel R. Bordeaux, President, Sinte Gleska University   Special Appointment
     (SD)                                                        Nicholas H. Allen, Provost Emeritus and Collegiate,
    Vicky L. Carwein, Chancellor, Washington State               Professor, University of Maryland University College
     University Tri-Cities                                       Lee Bash, Dean, College for Working Adults, William
    Terrence A. Gomes, President, Roxbury Community              Penn University (IA)
     College (MA)                                                Phyllis Eisen, Executive Director, Center for Workforce
    Judith A. Ramaley, President, Winona State University        Success, National Association of Manufacturers (DC)
     (MN)                                                        Victor Herbert, Dean of Instruction, Fire Department,
                                                                  City of New York
                                                                 Jerome H. Sullivan, Executive Director, American
                                                                  Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions
                                                                  Officers (DC)
Who determines the courses or
occupations to be reviewed for Military?
 DANTES contract each fiscal year (October 1)
 Respective branches identify courses and occupations and submit requests
   through the service liaisons for scheduling with ACE

 Course materials received at ACE offices
        POIs (programs of instruction) from
         military schoolhouse point of contact
        Minimum 45 contact hours to be considered

 Occupation materials
        Descriptions
        Job task analysis
        Promotional exams (if applicable)

 ACE’s Content Review Committee (CRC)
        Scope and complexity
        Disciplines
             Course Evaluations


 Formal military instruction and military
occupations specialties courses approved by a central authority

 Correspondence courses with proctored end-of course exams

 Distance learning/online courses with documented rigid control
   test conditions and firm identification of the student.
                 Program Evaluations
               Content Review Committee
                           Selection of Evaluators
The Program Evaluations Content Review Committee meets weekly to determine the
appropriate content/academic areas from which the slate of potential evaluators for
each review team should be drawn.

Members of the Committee reflect a diversity of backgrounds in academe as well as
professional experience. Committee members include:
                    James H. Selbe, Director of Program Evaluations
                    Cynthia Bruce, Associate Director, Military Programs
                    Deborah Ross Warin, Associate Director, CREDIT Programs
                    Shannon Demko, Assistant Director, CREDIT Programs
                    Evelyn Howard, Assistant Director, Military Programs
                    Michele Spires, Assistant Director, Military Programs

Ad hoc committee members within ACE are consulted with regard to a specialized
content area.
          Selection of Evaluators
Committee responsibilities and procedures:

   Review the submitted course materials to identify
    and determine the academic content areas
    reflected in the course descriptions and learning

   Discuss the areas of academic expertise or training,
    as well as the program areas and institutions from
    which potential evaluators should be drawn

   Achieve a consensus regarding the academic fields
    to be represented in the evaluation team

   Index courses by Classification of Instructional
    Programs (CIP) coding developed by U.S.
    Department of Education's National Center for
    Education Statistics (NCES)
        Selection of Evaluators
Committee responsibilities and procedures:

   List of faculty expertise (based on the CIP discipline
    codes aligned with each profile) is developed

   CRC evaluates the review team list of candidates for each academic field

   CRC selects a team of at least three subject matter specialists whose
    competence is most appropriate (per discipline area/course)
       Institutional and geographic diversity in forming the subject matter
       review teams is essential

   After the evaluation team has been formed, the Associate Director
    confers with them, reviewing the procedures and responsibilities with
    which they are charged in conducting the review
Institutional Representation
          Faculty Reviewers by Type of

                 Practitioner or
    Community                      University
     College                          37%

                 4-Year College
                                      Evaluation Process
     1. Pre-meetings with points of contacts
              phone conferences; review
              handbook and expectations

     2. ACE representative and Subject-
        matter specialists (faculty) travel to
        military base                                                                   Occupational Review at Camp Lejeune, NC
                                                                                        Bobby Anderson, Larry Davis and George Boulward

                                                             3. Review written materials (conduct interviews for

                                                             4. Document evaluation and write descriptions
                                                                     Learning outcomes
                                                                     Assessment measures
                                                                     Outcomes to collegiate learning (credit
Course Review at Great Lakes, IL: Malcolm Allen, John Sutton, and Bohdan Likaschewsky
Course Review: On Site
 In-briefing / overview of courses by point of contact and
  mission of schoolhouse

 Review materials (hands-on)
    Instructor materials
    Learner materials
    Assessments
 Tour unique lab environments or
   training simulators

 Speak to SMEs / instructors for courses
Course Review: On Site
 Consensus by reviewers (3 per course)
 Team write-up
      Learning outcomes
      Instruction methods
      Topics
      Credit recommendation
      Special notes

 Exit briefing
Sample Course Team Consensus
Sheet (TCS) - Military
Military Occupation Review: Official
 Occupation manuals
      Duties, qualifications, expectations
   Technical guides / training manuals
   Promotion examinations
      Study guides
   Other official military documentation
      Branch specific
Military Occupation Evaluation:
Service Member Interview
 Focus on the representation of the job
  expectations at the pay grade

 Clarification and validation of the official
  military documentation
Military Occupation Review: Team
 Synthesis of information
 Alignment to current curricula
 Determination of post secondary content and rigor
    Credit recommendation
    Related competencies
 Team consensus must be 100%
Military Occupation Team Consensus Sheet
Military Occupation: Related Competencies

                      Specific to the occupation
                      Aligned with each of the
                       credit recommendation
                       subject areas
                      Displayed in Military Guide
                       Online (not on service
                       member’s transcript)
                      New requirement October
                       2006 (feedback from
After the Review

 Team documentation returned to main office
 Internal review of team materials
 Final report to military schoolhouse and
    appropriate liaison 30-45 days
   Feedback look with military schoolhouse
   Exhibits uploaded to database
Credit Recommendation “Life”
Military: Courses
 POI updates
       Change in course
       Change in curriculum
       Any change

 No more than 10 years
 Re-reviews included as part of DANTES contract

Military: Occupations
 No more than 10 years
 Trends of realignment, merges, job-task structures impact re-
Defining College Level Work

         Content and Rigor

              MUST BE
      at the Postsecondary Level!
                Evaluative Criteria
             Course content  Applicability to a range of
                                 postsecondary programs
              outcomes          Depth and breadth of
 Evaluative instruments
  appropriate to measure the    Outside assignments
  participant’s learning
                                Level of difficulty
   Levels of Credit
Vocational / Certificate                    Upper Division
 This type of coursework is normally        Course content usually involves
  found in year-long certificate              specialization of a theoretical or
  programs that are designed to               analytical nature beyond the
  provide students with occupational          introductory level.
  skills.                                    Course content is usually found in
 Course content is specialized, and          the last two years of a
  the accompanying training                   baccalaureate program.
  emphasizes procedural (hands on)
  rather than analytical skills (theory).   Graduate
Lower Division
                                             The course and its content
                                               typically involves:
 Course emphasis is on learning                 - Critical analysis.
  basic principles that have broad               - Scholarly and professional
  judgmental applications.                            application of specialized
 Coursework typically found in                       knowledge within a
  programs leading to the associate                   discipline.
  degree and/or the first two years in           - Independent study.
  a baccalaureate institution.
                                                 - Original research.
   No Credit Recommended
 Material presented in the course is not comparable to
  courses offered by colleges and universities

 Material offered is inadequate for a judgment to be

 Inadequate evaluation/assessment tool
Military Guide Online
Why Serve on an ACE Review Team?
 To ensure a formalized            To validate and support students’
   process that colleges and          non-traditional learning
   universities can trust
                                    To integrate training and learning
 To network and learn from           to an educational portfolio.
   colleagues across the country
   Serve as an Evaluator
 ACE pays all evaluators an
  honorarium and travel.

 You must be actively teaching
  college-level courses.

 When a review is scheduled that
  requires your area of content
  expertise, you will be contacted
  directly and advised of the
  opportunity to serve on the ACE
                                     Occupational and Course Review, Mobile, AL: LT Kevin Berry takes

 For more information:
                                          the team on a tour of the aircraft.
   Faculty Evaluator Database
                                   Online application
                                   Reviewed before imported
                                   Academic institution affiliation
                                   Degrees / credentials
                                   Courses teaching
                                        Delivery
                                        Level
                                 Short “standard” biography
                                 Resume or CV required
                                 Audit every couple years
Evaluator Handbook Sample

How to Contact Us............
    American Council On Education
            Military Programs
      One Dupont Circle, Suite 250
         Washington, DC 20036

                Cynthia Bruce
     Associate Director, Military Programs

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