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An #ACHESTL Sneak Peek: Beyond ACE – Assessing Military Service for Academic Credit

September 29, 2015 7:27 AM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

Dr. David Donathan will be joining us in St. Louis to discuss a hot topic that's on the minds of many student services and academic support professionals: how to best support the transition of military members from service to campus. His presentation will cover how to look beyond the ACE Military Guide and begin assessing military jobs and job performance for academic credit. 

Veterans dedicate their lives to protect our nation and us. However, adjusting to civilian life can be difficult, especially when they apply to your institution.

From servicemember...Does your institution struggle with transfer credits for veterans? Are ACE, AARTS, JST, EER, and OER foreign acronyms to you and your staff? Most reporting systems only evaluate formal military schooling. What about competency-based (experiential) credit?  

The ACE Military Guide covers formal military training for service connected academic credit. However, no standard guide assesses credit for veterans that is comparable to institutional award of credit for life or work experience. Assessing performance in military assignments for academic credit is critical in fast tracking students with military service to degree completion.

Many institutions of higher education already have a life/career experience for academic credit program available. In many cases this experiential credit can be requested through an evaluated portfolio system. 

If you know some basic military terminology and how to read military documents for key evaluative points correlating military experience to course outcomes, you will be able to save veterans time on the way to their degree. In this session, you'll get not only get your "basic training," but you will also complete a hands-on exercise in evaluating military service from service records.

...to graduateThe session will be a “no frills” paper drill. Instead of a Powerpoint presentation, participants will be issued a document set of military forms and examples of course descriptions. We will walk through a discussion of how to evaluate the critical key components of military job descriptions and evaluation reports course outcomes to determine whether or not academic credit standards for career experience have been met. 

In addition, participants will receive information on web sites that contain useful information on military training and schools recommendations, the military joint transcript program, and other helpful resources.

ACHE Conference Presentation Details: 

Session Title: Beyond ACE: Assessing Military Service for Academic Credit

Time: Monday, November 9, 2015, 3:00–4:00 pm

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Conference Presenter: 

Bio: Dr. David Donathan has an extensive background in education, training and leadership. During his military career, he served in positions of increasing responsibility and authority, successfully completing tours of duty as a Combat Engineer squad leader; US Army instructor; US Army Drill Sergeant; Company Commander; NATO Staff Officer: and staff officer/training officer at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Training Center. He holds a master’s degree in Human Resource Management and Development from Chapman University, and a PhD in Professional Studies from Capella University. He has over 40 years of experience in academic and career counseling/advising, has taught in both public and private schools, has been a Kentucky Governor’s Scholars faculty, and is currently the Administrative Coordinator for Elizabethtown Community & Technical College’s Springfield Campus.


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