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1 College Credit for Heroes Participation in Program April 2013

2 Table of Contents Establishment of College Credit for Heroes (CCH) Initiative Slide 5 Phase 1 Texas Partner Community Colleges Projects Slides 6-8 Central Texas College (CTC) Project and Purpose Slides 9-11 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Texas Colleges and Universities Slides

3 ... table of contents Sample MOU and CCH Transcript Slides Advantages of MOU for Institutions of Higher Education, Veterans and Servicemembers, State of Texas, and Federal Government Slides Military Evaluation Methodology Slides

4 ... table of contents Overview of CCH Website/Portal Slide 31 Contact Information Slide 32 References Slide 33 4

5 What is College Credit for Heroes? Established by Texas SB 1736, June 2011 Purpose is to identify, develop, and support methods to maximize award of college credits for military education experiences Accelerate degree/certificate completion Expedite veterans entry into workforce 7 Texas Community Colleges Chosen, Phase 1 Large percentage of veterans in service areas First year emphasis in Allied Health Sciences 5

6 Projects of the 7 Texas Partner Community Colleges, Phase 1 Alamo Community Colleges Accelerated AAS Nursing Mobility Track AAS Health Professions in Specialty Fields Central Texas College (CTC) Statewide Online Military Evaluation System Houston Community College, Coleman College of Health Sciences Accelerated Surgical Nursing Certificate AAS Health Sciences Concentrations 6

7 ... projects of partner colleges Lee College Individual Education Plan maximize credit Establish Veterans Education Center Lone Star College Texas Inter-College Council of Veterans Partner Colleges, Texas Workforce Commission, and Medical Education and Training Campus met regularly Host Veterans Excellence Conference Report Best Practices 7

8 ... projects of partner colleges San Jacinto College Comprehensive Analysis of Allied Health Programs across Texas; identify training gaps Barriers to Award of Military Credit and Certification/Licensure Host Allied Health Summit Temple College Accelerated Program in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) 8

9 CTC s Project, Phase 1 Statewide Online Military Evaluation System Evaluate Military Occupations to Texas WECM/TCCNS Courses and Electives Includes Army, Marine Corps, and Navy Air Force (Community College of the Air Force) Primary Emphasis on Allied Health Programs Process Official Military Evaluations and Transcript Credits to an official transcript 9

10 Veterans and Servicemembers Eligible to Receive Evaluations through College Credit for Heroes Portal Texas Veterans Servicemembers in Texas Transitioning Servicemembers Relocating to Texas within 120 days Veteran or Servicemember whose State of Residence is Texas Regardless of Location 10

11 Purpose of CTC s Project Standardize Award of College Credit for Military Education Experiences Across the State of Texas Establish Memorandum of Understanding with Texas Institutions of Higher Education to accept credits awarded through CCH Portal Provide Centralized Location for Veterans and Servicemembers to Receive a Military Evaluation that can be used at Texas Institutions of Higher Education 11

12 Memorandum of Understanding All Texas Public Colleges and Universities Eligible to Participate Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Grant is not required to participate in CCH initiative Decision pending if nonpublic colleges and universities in Texas are eligible to participate Sample MOU Available for download on CCH Website Contact Us webpage at Sample MOU 12

13 MOU Proposed Responsibilities of Participating Institutions of Higher Education Level of Participation can vary Designate POC and decision makers Accept credits awarded through CCH Portal where appropriate Provide hyperlink to college website for placement on CCH Website Track veterans and servicemembers who receive a CCH evaluation and enroll in participating college 13

14 ... proposed responsibilities of participating institutions Promote CCH System to the target population Identify and share applicable promotion and outreach opportunities Participate in CCH Surveys Develop accelerated programs of study, which maximize award of credits for related military occupations 14

15 ... proposed responsibilities of participating institutions Participate in feasibility study, in which institution refers its veterans and servicemembers to CCH Portal for an official evaluation of military education experiences Report acceptance/nonacceptance of college credits awarded through CCH Portal Designate one POC for reporting; if multiple campuses, may designate one POC per campus 15

16 MOU Responsibilities of Central Texas College Designate POC and decision makers Maintain CCH Portal through August 2017 During Phase II (ends August 2013) Process official evaluations of military education experiences for veterans and servicemembers Issue a CCH transcript that includes college course credits and electives awarded for military occupations and service schools 16

17 ... responsibilities of CTC Maintain hyperlink to participating/partner institution s website Assist in identifying relevant military occupations and service schools that can be used to accelerate designated programs of study at participating/partner institutions Support projects of partner institutions with Phase I and II grants 17

18 ... responsibilities of CTC Collaborate with participating and partner institutions to improve the quality and efficiency for the evaluation of military education experiences Conduct and participate in CCH surveys 18

19 Sample MOU Available for download from the CCH website s Contact Us webpage at Sample MOU OR Request by or Primary contact to coordinate memorandum of understanding Johnelle Welsh, Ed.D., Dean of Student Services, (254)

20 Sample Transcript Based on SACS-COC ruling, an official CTC transcript cannot be issued through CCH Portal An official College Credit for Heroes transcript is planned Available on or about May 31, 2013 Sample available for download on CCH website s Contact Us webpage at Sample CCH Transcript 20

21 Advantages of CCH Participation by Texas Institutions of Higher Education Accelerates Degree/Certificate Completions May Improve Retention Rates Research indicates the more college hours the student completes, the student is more likely to persist 1 a student who has identified a program of study is more likely to remain in college 2 Reduces Paperwork Frees Resources 21

22 ... advantages to institutions Facilitates Veteran s and Servicemember s Admission Promotes Institution s Programs on Dedicated Veteran s Website Standardizes Credits awarded for Military Education Experiences 22

23 Advantages to Texas Veterans and Servicemembers Submits Military Documents for Evaluation only once Assures acceptance of credit where appropriate Less likely to repeat a course for which credit has already been earned Has more information to make decisions on program of study to pursue and institution to attend Reduces tuition costs and related costs such as monies spent for textbooks, commuting, etc. 23

24 ... advantages to veterans and servicemembers Extends use of veteran s education benefits Accelerates degree/certificate completions and licensures/certification Expedites entry into the workforce, reducing the amount of income loss Servicemembers may be able to use college credits earned toward promotion in the military 24

25 Advantages of CCH Initiative to the State of Texas and Federal Government Standardizes credits awarded for military education experiences May attract more veterans and servicemembers to attend a Texas institution, culminating in a more educated workforce Has potential to attract jobs to Texas and reduce unemployment 3 25

26 ... advantages to the state and federal government Reduces state spending through contact hour reimbursement to Texas community colleges Reduces federal financial assistance monies spent Reduces tuition assistance funds spent by U.S. military service branches 26

27 Military Evaluation Methodology HB 269, 81 ST Legislature Requires Texas Institutions to award course credit for all physical education courses required for degree additional hours not to exceed 12 semester hours, that may be applied to satisfy elective requirements in program Does not preclude award of additional course credits Veteran must meet eligibility requirements 27

28 Military Evaluation Methodology Resources Guide to Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services American Council on Education (ACE) Military Guides Online Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Degree Network System (DNS) Credit Evaluation Supplement SOC DNS System-2 Handbooks 28

29 Example of Military Evaluation Methodology ACE Military Guides Online recommends 4 semester hours web design/html editing SOC DNS Credit Evaluation Supplement indicates course content equivalent to SOC Course Category ID CS401A SOC Degree Network System-2 Handbook determines course equivalent is IMED 1416 Web Design I 29

30 Additional Military Evaluation Resources Subject Matter Experts Faculty Veterans and prior servicemembers such as training officers Persons from regional accrediting agencies, postsecondary institutions, and professional organizations Review of military technical and training manuals, course syllabi, examinations, etc. Military to RN Crosswalk available on CCH Contact Us webpage 30

31 Overview of College Credit for Heroes Portal Searchable Databases Military Occupations Army, Marine Corps and Navy (Coast Guard Phase 2) Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) CCAF Transfer Course Equivalencies Credit by Examination CLEP, DSST and Excelsior One Stop Portal, Veterans Submit requests for evaluation of military education experiences and receive results 31

32 Contact Information Brigitte Flynt, Director, College Credit for Heroes (254) Johnelle Welsh, Ed.D., Dean of Student Services (254)

33 References 1 Nora, A., Barlow, E., & Crisp, G. Student persistence and degree attainment beyond the first year in college. In A. Seidman (Ed.), College student retention formula for student success. Westport, CT: Praeger, Bean, J. P., & Metzner, B. S. (1985). A conceptual model of nontraditional undergraduate student attrition. Review of Educational Research, 55(4), Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Closing the Gaps, The Texas Higher Education Plan, (Austin, Texas), &CFTOKEN= (Last visited November 26, 2012). 33

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