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SOC Degree Network System

Another Way ECPI University Helps Transferring Military Students

ECPI University knows that serving in the military is unlike any other job. Deployments and transfers make life unpredictable. When you are trying to earn your college degree, however, you need peace of mind, knowing the credits you earn can be transferred to other schools when you’re being transferred to another military installation. That’s what the SOC Degree Network System (DNS) is all about.

The SOC DNS is comprised of colleges and universities that have adopted policies outlined in the Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to help service members and their adult family members earn college degrees. Many courses offered by SOC DNS institutions have two-way guaranteed transferability, making it easier for service members to complete associate and bachelor’s degrees no matter where they move during their military careers.

By choosing a SOC DNS member school like ECPI University, you can be confident that the school and degree program you choose meets specific requirements geared toward assisting military students achieve their educational goals. Moreover, members of the SOC Degree Network System have been evaluated to ensure that they adhere to strict criteria including:

  • Flexible Policies – A DNS Institution must clearly state in its catalog policies applying to service members that ensure flexibility towards obtaining a degree, specifically a reference to the Higher Education Relief Opportunities for Students (HEROES) Act of 2003 and a policy on course extension and course withdrawal for activation or deployment. 
  • Specialized Accreditation – Degree has specialized programmatic accreditation, as identified by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Readmission Policy – A DNS Institution must have the U.S. Department of Education Readmission policy clearly stated in its catalog.
  • Prior Learning Assessment Policies – A DNS Institution must have clearly stated policies on awarding credit for Prior Learning in its catalog.
  • Complaint History – A DNS Institution should not have any valid complaints filed against it in the Postsecondary Education Complaint System (PECS). If valid complaints are filed, the nature of the complaint and the impact cannot be excessive.
  • Delivery Methods – Flexible and multiple delivery methods, as identified by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Emerging Career Fields – Degree program is listed as an emerging high-demand career field with positive job placement opportunities, per the U.S. Department of Labor.
  • Career-Related Degree – A direct relationship to MOS/Ratings. If yes, does the Institution agree to award credit for military training and experience?
  • Composite Financial Health – A DNS Institution must have an acceptable Financial Composite Score as defined by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Course Completion Rate – A DNS Institution must have an acceptable course completion rate
  • Loan Default Rate – A DNS Institution must have an acceptable loan default rate, as defined by the U.S. Department of Education.

Perhaps most importantly, the SOC DNS provides a student agreement which can protect you from changes to your degree requirements. The agreement represents a comprehensive degree plan that lists all of the course requirements, credits that have been granted in transfer or through national exam programs, and military training and experience, as well as the courses remaining for degree completion.

To learn more, contact the admissions department at ECPI University and speak with a military student admissions specialist.