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Articulation of Military Earned College Credit into the University of North Carolina University System

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2017

Conference Session

Military and Veterans Constituent Committee Division Technical Session 1

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Military and Veterans

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Janet C. Ford Western Carolina University

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Janet Ford, Juris Doctor, is an Assistant Professor in the College of Business at Western Carolina University and teaches in the area of business law.

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George D. Ford Western Carolina University

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Dr. George Ford P.E. is an associate professor in the Construction Management Department at Western Carolina University.

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The University of North Carolina System includes seventeen campuses. At the XXX campus, the faculty and staff have been in collaboration to determine the best practices to integrate American Council on Education (ACE) credit recommendations into an easy to follow guide which academic advisors may use to advise military students and veterans. The difficulty in generating a standard articulation lies in the situation created by an extensive variety of training the military provides and a similar set of regionally accredited university academic programs. Service members often choose academic programs not related to their service occupations. The amount of credit service members receive varies widely with time in service and occupational area. Likewise, university program administrators must maintain regional accreditation standards and often professional accreditation standards such as the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) for business programs and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) for engineering and technology programs. The University of North Carolina System (UNCS) requires a core of liberal studies courses in all programs of study on all campuses. The UNCS articulates credit with the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS). The liberal studies core is waived for all NCCCS graduates from associate of arts (AA) or associate of science (AS) degree programs which are typically aligned with four year curriculum. NCCCS graduates from associate of applied sciences (AAS) programs which include occupational, vocational programs do not receive the same waiver. This program examines the potential to create a waiver for military students and veterans with particular emphasis on credit earned at the senior noncommissioned officer (NCO) rank levels. A variation of the liberal studies waiver offers the most promising model for a statewide, standard articulation. A review of the process that any transfer student undergoes to transfer to a program at the XXX campus of the UNCS is also discussed.

Ford, J. C., & Ford, G. D. (2017, June), Articulation of Military Earned College Credit into the University of North Carolina University System Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--27613

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