USASFC / Duke Partnership for Bachelor's?

Marauder06

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When I was at Bragg, USASFC was working on a program with Duke to try to set up a system to get some of their guys into a bachelor's or master's degree program with one of the departments. Does anyone know if the program ever got off the ground, and if so, how I can find more information out about it?
 

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Got it, roger. Too bad it never got off the ground, it looked like a great opportunity for guys to get a BS or an MS.
 

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I think enlisted guys will have enough credits to qualify for an associate's. That's it, besides the partnership with NDU here.
 

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Don't know if this will help or not. You most likely already know about it.
Army

and http://trinity.duke.edu/academic-requirements?p=credit-limitations-and-restrictions
Duke University - Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Thirty-four (34) course credits are required for graduation, of which may be counted no more than:
  • Two transfer courses taken at another U.S. 4-year college or university
  • Ten transfer courses taken either on study abroad or in combination with the allowable number of domestic transfer credits
  • four elective courses completed on the S/U basis.
  • Two courses with a grade of D
  • One credit of physical education activity (=2 half-credit courses)
  • Four credits of dance performance/American Dance Festival course work (=8 half-credit courses)
  • Two credits for house courses (=4 half-credit courses)
  • Six credits from a Duke professional school, including 200-level ENVIRON courses
  • Four credits in military science
  • One credit from academic internships
 

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Thanks Dame.

I looked through some old emails, and the thing I was thinking about was called "The Duke Counterterrorism and Public Policy Fellowship," I did a Google search and got nada. Too bad it never got off the ground, it would have been a great program.
 

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Plan Turns Green Beret Into a College Degree


June 17, 2011
Military.com|by Christian Lowe


FORT BRAGG, N.C. --- Special Forces Soldiers are some of the smartest, most highly-trained servicemembers in the U.S. military. The elite troops spend years not only learning the lethal art of warfare, but also honing their skills as diplomats, linguists, and cultural experts.
But despite all their training, many are left with few options for employment when it’s time to leave the service.
Recognizing the marketable skills learned in their Special Forces careers, the Army’s Special Warfare Center here has developed a program to apply more of their skills toward a bachelor’s degree.
“The Special Forces Soldier is incredibly well trained, but he’s ‘undereducated,’ ” said Lt. Col. David Walton, the head of regional studies and education at the SWC. “That’s not because he doesn’t want to be. It’s because he’s so busy training and deploying that he doesn’t have time.”
So Walton solicited civilian academia to find programs that could better leverage a special operator’s experience toward college-level credit.
Imagine using a basic land navigation qualification to validate Geography 110 at an undergraduate institution, Walton offered.
Through a rigorous evaluation program conducted by a local community college, SWC officials were able to correlate several of their core training courses with up to 48 credit hours of college-level coursework. If a Soldier wants to enroll in the degree program, he has to take another 17 credit hours of courses through Fayetteville Technical Community College, including English composition, math, and professional research.
Once they’ve completed the community college hours, SF Soldiers receive an associate’s degree and can use that credential to enroll in a North Carolina state college degree program as a junior.
For its part, the Army wanted to get a return on its investment by requiring Soldiers take courses for college credit that help them as Green Berets.
During missions, SF team members often have to brief officers and staff on operations, but the SWC doesn’t offer a course that teaches public speaking, for example. So Walton made it a requirement for the associate’s degree program.
“Here’s a classic way that an education for college students can help you be a better special operator,” Walton said.
The program is also open to Green Berets returning to the schoolhouse between deployments, or even civilian contractors at the school who are SF alums.
“I knew a college degree would be important once I retired and even while I’m still in for promotions,” said Sgt. 1st Class Mike Gruver, a communications NCO and Special Forces operator who’s studying for a degree in applied physics. “This is really the first time I’ve ever had an opportunity realistically to get a college degree instead of just floundering.”
While it might not seem like much of a rest after years of deployments and high-level warfare schools, Gruver said the schedule is focused on helping Soldiers knock out the associate’s degree requirements in less than three months.
“It was very time consuming. … It was a bit of an adjustment for my family,” Gruver said. “But it was no worse than being back on a team.”
And with as much as two years towards a bachelor’s degree completed well before retirement, the program is worth all the extra time and effort.
Some operators “can go from having no college degree at all to within a very short time having their bachelor’s degree,” Gruver said. “And all they have to do is go through this program to get that degree to tie it all in.”

http://www.military.com/news/article/plan-turns-green-beret-into-a-college-degree.html
 

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Plan Turns Green Beret Into a College Degree

June 17, 2011​
Military.com|by Christian Lowe​
FORT BRAGG, N.C. --- Special Forces Soldiers are some of the smartest, most highly-trained servicemembers in the U.S. military. The elite troops spend years not only learning the lethal art of warfare, but also honing their skills as diplomats, linguists, and cultural experts.​
But despite all their training, many are left with few options for employment when it’s time to leave the service.​
Recognizing the marketable skills learned in their Special Forces careers, the Army’s Special Warfare Center here has developed a program to apply more of their skills toward a bachelor’s degree.​
“The Special Forces Soldier is incredibly well trained, but he’s ‘undereducated,’ ” said Lt. Col. David Walton, the head of regional studies and education at the SWC. “That’s not because he doesn’t want to be. It’s because he’s so busy training and deploying that he doesn’t have time.”​
So Walton solicited civilian academia to find programs that could better leverage a special operator’s experience toward college-level credit.​
Imagine using a basic land navigation qualification to validate Geography 110 at an undergraduate institution, Walton offered.​
Through a rigorous evaluation program conducted by a local community college, SWC officials were able to correlate several of their core training courses with up to 48 credit hours of college-level coursework. If a Soldier wants to enroll in the degree program, he has to take another 17 credit hours of courses through Fayetteville Technical Community College, including English composition, math, and professional research.​
Once they’ve completed the community college hours, SF Soldiers receive an associate’s degree and can use that credential to enroll in a North Carolina state college degree program as a junior.​
For its part, the Army wanted to get a return on its investment by requiring Soldiers take courses for college credit that help them as Green Berets.​
During missions, SF team members often have to brief officers and staff on operations, but the SWC doesn’t offer a course that teaches public speaking, for example. So Walton made it a requirement for the associate’s degree program.​
“Here’s a classic way that an education for college students can help you be a better special operator,” Walton said.​
The program is also open to Green Berets returning to the schoolhouse between deployments, or even civilian contractors at the school who are SF alums.​
“I knew a college degree would be important once I retired and even while I’m still in for promotions,” said Sgt. 1st Class Mike Gruver, a communications NCO and Special Forces operator who’s studying for a degree in applied physics. “This is really the first time I’ve ever had an opportunity realistically to get a college degree instead of just floundering.”​
While it might not seem like much of a rest after years of deployments and high-level warfare schools, Gruver said the schedule is focused on helping Soldiers knock out the associate’s degree requirements in less than three months.​
“It was very time consuming. … It was a bit of an adjustment for my family,” Gruver said. “But it was no worse than being back on a team.”​
And with as much as two years towards a bachelor’s degree completed well before retirement, the program is worth all the extra time and effort.​
Some operators “can go from having no college degree at all to within a very short time having their bachelor’s degree,” Gruver said. “And all they have to do is go through this program to get that degree to tie it all in.”​

Does anyone have a POC for this? Ive heard about it but cant find a POC to get the ball rolling.
 
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