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SOC Degree Network System-4 Handbook Spring 2015

SOC Degree Network System-4 Handbook — Spring 2015

Beginning October 1, 2014, the SOC Degree Network System began undergoing significant changes to its structure, membership and procedures. These changes are the result of a new Statement of Work, the guiding document by which the Department of Defense outlines the requirements and expectations of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges.

The primary change to the DNS is the removal of the Service-specific programs such as SOCAD, SOCNAV, SOCMAR and SOCCOAST. The DNS consists of two systems—the DNS-2 for associate degree programs, and the DNS-4 for bachelor’s programs. With this change, DNS member institutions are expected to adhere to DNS responsibilities and deliverables for servicemembers and their families regardless of service affiliation.

As a result of these changes, the Spring 2015 SOC DNS Handbook is being published with abbreviated content. Institutions currently in the DNS are required to follow all requirements as published in an earlier Handbook. Servicemembers currently enrolled and those beginning their careers at current member institutions are to be afforded the same rights as in the past.