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College Credit for Military Service

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College Credit for Military Service

  • ​The American Council on Education collaborates with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to review military training and experiences and recommend appropriate college credit for members of the Armed Forces. ACE’s credit recommendations appear in the Military Guide and on military transcripts. 

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    Military Guide

    The ACE Military Guide presents ACE recommendations for formal courses and occupations offered by all branches of the military. All recommendations are based on ACE reviews conducted by college and university faculty members who are actively teaching in the areas they review. New courses and occupations are continually being evaluated by ACE, and these entries are added on a daily basis. The Guide includes all evaluated courses and occupations from 1954 to the present.

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    Transcripts for Military Personnel

    ACE provides quality assurance and policy guidance for the Joint Services Transcript (JST) used by the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Coast Guard. More than 2,300 colleges and universities recognize these transcripts as official documentation of military training and experiences and applicable ACE credit recommendations.

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    Transfer Guide: Understanding Your Military Transcript and ACE Credit Recommendations

    This guide is designed to help service members and veterans obtain college credit for their military training and experiences.

  • Resources for Colleges and Universities

    ACE can help colleges and universities attract adult learners, translate their prior learning experiences into college credit, and move them towards degree completion.

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    October 6, 2014

    Academic Review Task Force Commends ACE Credit Review Process, Identifies Areas for Continued Attention

    An Academic Review Task Force says the ACE College Credit Recommendation Service is a leader in providing students with a means for obtaining credit for formal training in workplace and military settings that takes place outside traditional degree programs.

  • January 28, 2013

    ACE’s Online Military Guide to Credit Recommendations Has Enhanced Search Capabilities, New Look

    ACE’s Military Guide has a revamped search function and an updated look, making it easier to locate and review the thousands of courses the Council has evaluated and recommended for college credit since 1954.

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    Transfer Guide: College and University Transfer Policies

    Transfer credit refers to credit a college or university grants for prior learning. Each educational institution makes its own decisions about accepting transfer credit.

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    Transfer Guide: Transfer Credit Checklist

    A number of factors affect transfer of military credit, such as institutional policy, alignment with appropriate courses, procedures, requirements, and transfer application deadlines. This checklist will help you transfer credit to a new institution.

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    Transfer Guide: Frequently Asked Questions

    Answers to your questions about transfer credit for your military training and experiences.

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    Transfer Guide: Resources

    Programs and services to help you transfer credit from your military training and experiences to a new college or university.

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    Program Evaluations: Procedures for Evaluators

    The purpose of this handbook is to clarify the review process, steps and expectations to prepare faculty evaluators for an evaluation review with either CREDIT or Military teams. Regardless of the location, this handbook references the client (the military or corporation) as the organization.

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    ACE White Paper on Rigor of Reviews

    This White Paper was presented at the White House roundtables in May 2013 to explain the rigor of the faculty evaluation process for military courses and occupations resulting in college credit recommendations.

  • Higher Ed Spotlight: Undergraduate Student Veterans

    This infographic provides statistics on undergraduate student veterans in postsecondary education. Over 5 million post-9/11 service members are expected to transition out of the military by 2020. Since the enactment of the Post-9/11 GI Bill in 2008, Americans have invested over $42 billion on educating many of these transitioning service members. However, little is known about student veterans and their enrollment characteristics at a time when higher education and policymakers need to better understand the needs of this growing, posttraditional undergraduate population.

  • Marine Corps Joint Services Transcript Sample

    Marine Corps Joint Services Transcript Sample. This is a sample of an Marine Corps Joint Services Transcript. It includes all details found on an official transcript and serves as an example.

ACE Related Programs and Initiatives

Chris Hammann, 43, an employee and student at Northern Kentucky University, is ACE’s Adult Learner of the Year.

Adult Learner of the Year Award

The Adult Learner of the Year Award is presented annually by ACE to an adult learner who has benefited from the use of ACE credit recommendations to earn a college degree or advance a career.

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