Status enables college to better serve military personnel pursuing higher education
Georgia Gwinnett College has been accepted into the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium, a group of 1,900 colleges and universities dedicated to making higher education more accessible to U.S. military personnel and their families.
“We are proud to have been accepted as one of the SOC institutions,” said Stas Preczewski, vice president of Academic and Student Affairs. “It is an honor to support the higher education needs of the men and women of our nation’s armed forces, as well as their families.”
Military students have unique circumstances that can interfere with the typical college education. SOC provide a framework to ensure that these students do not face unnecessary barriers to completing their education, Preczewski said.
SOC member institutions commit to policies and practices that recognize and deal with the special conditions faced by military students. This includes flexibility in required campus residency programs, awarding college credit through selected testing programs and awarding college credit for military training and experience.
Perhaps most critical to military students is the transfer of college credit. Transfer of credits must be applied accurately for all students because of course equivalencies and other issues.
“Since they are subject to frequent relocation, military students can experience credit transfer complications multiple times,” said Preczewski. “SOC Consortium members are committed to generally accepting credits earned at other member institutions, minimizing transfer issues for military students.”
The SOC Consortium serves the National Guard, reserves, new recruits and veterans, in addition to more than 500,000 active-duty servicemembers.