From SOC Degree Network System Handbooks
Chapter 2: SOC Degree Network System Institutional Requirements
Guaranteed course transfer via the SOC DNS Course Category Codes enables servicemembers to make progress toward degree completion in a timely and efficient way when they are unable to take courses from their home college. This flexibility, in conjunction with the SOC Degree Network System Student Agreement, is what makes the membership of higher-education institutions in the system valuable to servicemembers.
For courses to be considered comparable and share the same SOC DNS Course Category, they do not have to be exactly the same. Depending on factors related to institutional governance and how faculty choose to teach courses, the titles, delivery methods, credit hours, textbooks, and even certain topics covered may vary between institutions. SOC understands that institutional policy may not allow for some courses to be accepted but asks that Core SOC Degree Network System institutions adhere to the following guidelines when participating in the evaluation of courses for guaranteed transferability in the SOC DNS Course Categories, if possible.
Assess the comparability of another institution’s course proposed for a SOC DNS Course Category by comparing its content, as reflected in the catalog course description provided, to the content of your institution’s course in the same category. Consider whether a student’s overall knowledge from taking the course would be comparable to your own course. (If the course description does not provide enough information, please ask SOC to request a syllabus on your behalf a few weeks prior to the deadline--see Instructions.)
Also keep in mind that the content of two courses from the sending institution may be comparable to the content of one course at your institution. For example, Liberty University's ACCT 402 Advanced Accounting I and ACCT 403 Advanced Accounting II are categorized in AC105B Advanced Accounting, along with Campbell University's ACCT 444 Advanced Accounting. Liberty University's courses are joined by an “AND” in the Transferability Tables and are to be considered as a unit when determining comparability. This means that a student must take 2 courses at Liberty University to meet the content of Campbell University's single course in the Category.
Even if some of the course topics vary, they should be considered comparable if their learning outcomes are the same. For example, English Composition courses may utilize different texts and require papers with varying themes, but have the same objectives of teaching students to write effectively at the college level, develop research skills, think critically, and so on. Again, keep in mind that it may require multiple courses to meet the learning outcomes of a single course.
Courses do not need to match in level (upper/lower) in order to be accepted in guaranteed transfer. For instance, a ”lower-level” 200-numbered course may be comparable to an “upper-level” 300-numbered course. If the sending institution’s course is comparable in content and/or learning outcomes, the receiving institution should accept the course as meeting the individual course requirement. It is understood that the student must still satisfy upper-level graduation requirements and should be advised accordingly. If, however, institutional policy prohibits the acceptance of lower-level courses for upper-level courses, or vice versa, please indicate this reason on the circulation documents.
Courses do not need to match exactly in credit hours to be comparable. If a course is comparable in content but deficient in credit hours, the course may be accepted. Students should then be advised that they may still need to make up the deficit by taking credits in the same academic area. If the sending institution’s course credits exceed your own, you may accept the course for the same credit hours as your course.
SOC recognizes that there are certain accreditation policies and regulations that an institution must adhere to when transferring courses. We do ask our institutions, however, to endorse the "Joint Statement on Transfer and Award of Credit" and refrain from basing transfer decisions solely on the basis of accreditation. If a course that you are evaluating for transfer is coming from an institution that does not have the appropriate institutional or programmatic accreditation required by your institution, please note this policy on the circulation documents.
SOC understands GPA requirements vary by school and that students must meet the GPA requirements for transferring courses for them to be accepted in guaranteed transfer. For the purpose of the Category review, please assume that the students taking these courses have met minimum GPA requirements.