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The Evolution of College Credit Recommendations for the United States Army by the American Council on Education

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Military and Veterans Division Technical Session 1: Academic Transition

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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 American Council on Education (ACE) is based in Washington, DC. ACE is a contractor for the Department of Defense whom oversees academic evaluation of military courses. According to their website: “ACE has provided a critical link between the U. S. Department of Defense and higher education and in this role helps our nation’s military members and veterans gain access to higher education. ACE reviews military training (courses) and experiences (occupations) with the goal of awarding equivalent college credits for those experiences. The Military Guide has over 25,000 exhibits (22,000 courses and 3,400 occupations) dating back to 1954.” ACE recruits university faculty members from across the country to perform these evaluations. These evaluators are tasked with matching military courses to civilian university courses taught within their own disciplines. As higher education has changed in response to population trends, so has the military changed, and the credit recommendations made by ACE. This paper discusses the changes in ACE’s credit recommendations, and the changes in the courses taught in the United States Army. Data was obtained from the ACE website library for courses evaluated from January 1997 to January 2017. The duration of courses and ACE’s recommendations for these courses were compared to determine if Army course durations changed, and if there is a significant difference in the content of ACE recommendations for these Army courses. US Army courses were found to be generally shortened during the period observed, and credit recommendations were found to be significantly made in three (3) semester hour increments to match typical American university catalogs. The total number of hours recommended for credit for a given course slightly declined over the period observed. This paper discusses the ACE military credit recommendation program, trends in American higher education over the last twenty years, and trends in military training since the 1990s.

Ford, J. C., & Ford, G. D. (2018, June), The Evolution of College Credit Recommendations for the United States Army by the American Council on Education Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--31100

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