SOC Consortium

SOC Consortium - Providing Educational Opportunities for Servicemembers

Providing Educational Opportunities for Servicemembers

Highlights Include:

  • Approximately 1,900 appropriately accredited colleges and universities providing associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees for servicemembers and their adult dependent family members
  • Colleges and universities with flexible policies that allow mobile servicemembers and their families to complete degrees rather than just accumulate course credit
  • SOC Consortium Guide on CD or SOC Web site with an Institutional Information Page for each Consortium member school detailing information in a variety of areas, including the awarding of non-traditional credit and points-of-contact for a SOC Institutional Representative, SOC Counselor, and Veterans Program Administrator or School Certifying Official.
  • SOC Consortium Colleges Listed by State
    SOC Consortium Colleges Listed by Name

SOC Consortium
and Degree Network System
Workshop Information

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Key Features of the SOC Consortium

  • Member commitment to the following from the SOC Criteria:
    • Reasonable Transfer of Credit: avoid excessive loss of previously earned credit and avoid course work duplication
    • Reduced Academic Residency: limited to no more than 25% of degree requirements with no final year or semester in residence (may require 30% for undergraduate degrees offered 100% online)
    • Credit for Military Training and Experience: recognize and use ACE's Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services in evaluating and awarding academic credit for military training and experience
    • Credit for Nationally-Recognized Testing Programs: award credit for at least one nationally-recognized testing program such as College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), DSST Examinations, Excelsior College Examinations (ECE)