Education Basics

Education Benefits for the Military Community

July 2, 2012

A vast number of education programs and services are available for Armed Forces personnel, veterans, and their family members.  Most individuals may even be eligible for more than one educational benefit.  Keep reading for a brief introduction to many of the education benefits and great opportunities available to the military community.

Diploma Mills

May 11, 2012

Diploma mill: An institution of higher education operating without supervision of a state or professional agency and granting diplomas which are either fraudulent or because of the lack of proper standards worthless. —Webster’s Third New International Dictionary


In this Resource

  • What is a Diploma Mill
  • Indications of a Diploma Mill
  • Reasons to Avoid Diploma Mills



What is a Diploma (or Degree) Mill?


FAQ-Diploma Mills

May 11, 2012

Q:  Why are diploma mills a problem?

A:  “Mail drop” degree mills are simply fraud, a way for unscrupulous hucksters to make money while providing no service. More substantive degree mills devalue college degrees by making them available without college-level work. This makes all degrees suspect and confuses employers and professional licensing boards that need to know whether a person has an appropriate educational background.


Q:  How can I tell whether an institution is a degree mill?

Military Education Counselor Resources – Part III

March 20, 2012

This 3-part series, entitled Military Education Counselor Resources, was developed to provide you with information needed to enhance your knowledge of Military Education Counseling.  Numerous tools and resources are available to assist you in becoming the best education counselor possible.  In Part I of the series, we covered military community resources, DOD tuition assistance, In-state tuition, and Federal Financial Aid. 

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Degree Network System (DNS): Understanding your SOC Agreement

January 26, 2012

Obtaining a Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Agreement with your educational institution is a huge step towards completing your degree. If you have a SOC Agreement, or are planning on getting one it is important to understand the SOC Degree Network System in order to maximize your credit earning potential.


In this resource:

  • What is SOC?
  • What is a SOC Agreement?
  • The SOC Degree Network System
  • What Students Need to Know


What is SOC?

Testing at Military Bases - An Overview

November 2, 2011

As members of the military community, active duty, spouses, veterans, and civilian employees can take advantage of a variety of testing opportunities.  Let's take a look at some of the testing programs offered at military bases. 

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Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC)

October 28, 2011

It can be challenging to complete a college degree due to military duties and frequent relocations.

Military Transcripts

October 28, 2011

Members of the Armed Forces, past and present, have access to Military Transcripts which verify military training and experience and, where appropriate, provide recommendations for college credits.  Military transcripts are generated from information in military personnel records and, therefore, unique to the individual service member.

The American Council on Education (ACE)

October 28, 2011

You may have earned college or vocational credits as a result of your military service.  No kidding!  The American Council on Education (ACE),, provides a link between higher education and the Department of Defense that can lead to the award of credits for Armed Forces personnel. 

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English-as-a-Second Language

October 28, 2011

English-as-a-Second Language, commonly referred to as ESL, is the use or study of English by individuals with different native languages. Having a better understanding of the reasons for learning English and the available resources will assist in determining if pursuing English-as-a-Second Language is right for you.

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