SOCCOAST: Degree Programs for the Coast Guard

Tips for Academic Counselors

To ensure student success, academic counselors who are responsible for advising Coast Guard personnel and their family members should do the following:

  • Be available to counsel SOCCOAST students regarding your institution’s degree programs and student services;
  • Identify degree-seeking military students and their family members early on, and issue a SOCCOAST Student Agreement, by the time the student completes approximately six semester hours of credit;
  • Advise students regarding your institution’s policies and procedures as shown on your information page in Chapter 5 of the SOC Degree Network System-2 and -4 Handbooks
  • If your college is a Core SOC Degree Network System Member, advise students regarding the guaranteed two-way transfer of courses in SOC DNS Course Category Codes, as listed in the Transferability Tables (Chapter 8: DNS Handbooks) and Guaranteed-Transfer Courses section of the Web site;
  • Be familiar with the Joint Services Transcript;
  • Ensure the student is given the policies and procedures for dropping/withdrawing from a class (e.g., a Web site URL, e-mail address, and/or name and a telephone number) as well as student obligations and academic consequences if not following established procedures;
  • Familiarize students with the policies and procedures for distance learning courses, such as log-in information, creating a password and user name, technology requirements, etc.; and
  • If your institution requires distance learning students to take proctored exams, provide information on where to secure a proctor and/or find an approved testing center.