SOC Consortium Publications/Forms/Resources
SOC Brochure provides an overview of the SOC Consortium and other SOC operating programs.
SOC Consortium Guide
The SOC Consortium Guide provides specific information on each institutional member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium. The Institutional Information page for each college or university contains the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of a SOC Representative, Counselor, and Veterans Program Administrator/Certifying Official; a list of military installations served; policies on awarding of credit for national testing programs, military experience, and other non-traditional learning; and membership in the SOCAD, SOCNAV, SOCMAR, and SOCCOAST degree networks. The Guide also contains the SOC Principles and Criteria; a listing of SOC staff, sponsoring and cooperating organizations represented on the SOC Advisory Board; and a section on non-traditional learning. The Guide is printed biennially.
Electronic copies of the SOC Consortium Guide are also available on CD-ROM at no charge to military education personnel and counseling staff at SOC Consortium colleges. These may be obtained by submitting a request to SOC.
SOC Consortium Institutional Membership
Educational Attainment: Tracking the Academic Success of Servicemembers and Veterans — SOC has released its much anticipated white paper, Educational Attainment: Tracking the Academic Success of Servicemembers and Veterans. The paper is the result of a working group of higher education and military Voluntary Education strategic thinkers and data analysts charged with developing a universal framework to identify and track members of the Uniformed Services.
The paper includes: (1) an inclusive definition of military student and veteran student; (2) guidelines for establishing individual cohorts; (3) collection variables to cross-analyze the data; and (4) recommendations for next steps.
The paper's national context is timely, as the Executive Branch has recently set forth rules and requirements to establish accountability and transparency in the academic success of servicemembers and veterans. Multiple bills have been submitted in Congress on the same topic.
Military Student Bill of Rights — The Military Student Bill of Rights spells out ten specific “rights” that military students should have as they explore, enroll, and work toward degrees or certificates at SOC Consortium colleges and universities.
Pocket Guide for College Outreach to Military Students — The Pocket Guide for College Outreach to Military Students is a resource for colleges and universities to help shape their outreach to the military community and guide the development and implementation of quality education programs and support services for the military and veteran students at their institutions. It is designed to assist institutions in establishing effective relationships with the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and their education personnel.
Colleges ’ staff will find the Pocket Guide a starting point in developing relationships with the military community and military students. It provides specific guidance for college outreach to potential students and offers suggestions for supporting military students enrolled in the college. The Pocket Guide also points to standards, regulations, and resources that apply to the delivery of education programs to military students and veterans.
Programs and Services for Servicemembers, Veterans, and Family Members — This Excel spreadsheet is a resource for military students, colleges, universities, and organizations interested in military education. It includes information on campus programs, scholarships, web pages, administrative support, and other services offered to veterans and their family members. The highlighted areas indicate programs and services for wounded warriors.
Education Calculator — The Education Calculator is a tool designed to determine the out-of-pocket costs associated with attending a college/university after Military Education benefits are applied. Instructions and current education benefits are provided for ease of use. Once college cost data and education benefit data are entered, the approximate cost of attending a particular college/university is automatically calculated. This tool is especially useful for recruiters, individuals considering serving in the military and taking advantage of the generous education benefits, and current Servicemembers interested in using their education benefits to pursue or complete their college degree.
Opportunity contains program management information for the college and military educators who use the SOC system. Although they are sent to those on the SOC mailing list, electronic versions may be downloaded using the links below.
- Opportunity — May 2014
- Opportunity — September 2013
- Opportunity — April 2013
- Opportunity — September 2012
The Military Educator is the newsletter of the Commission on Military Education and Training (CMET) edited and distributed by Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges. It documents CMET proceedings and provides the latest information regarding education programs, services, writings and personnel relevant to the DoD Voluntary Education Program. Although they are sent to those on the CMET mailing list, electronic versions may be downloaded using the links below.