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MI-litary Equivalency Project


Toward Recognizing Military Experience as Academic Credit

Michigan is one of 13 states actively participating in the Midwestern Higher Education Compact’s Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit. Along with funding support from MCMC and its 2015-2018 Kresge Foundation grant award, the CMVE is launching the MI-litary Equivalency Project to support institutions in developing direct transfer equivalencies for military experience.  The project will support colleges and universities who seek to:

  • Utilize information available on the Joint Services Transcript (JST) to more directly map American Council on Education (ACE) credit recommendations to their catalogs and develop direct transfer equivalencies.
  • Articulate military experience to general education requirements and build equivalencies for Military Occupational Specialties (MOSs).
  • Showcase developed equivalencies in institutional transfer equivalency databases and in the enhanced Michigan Transfer Network (MTN), as that project advances.

Upcoming Events

  • September 26, 2017, 10-4 (tentative), Lansing, MI; MI-litary Equivalency Project Credit Mapping Summit. Staff from ACE and other national organizations will be on hand to work with faculty from all interested disciplines on how to use ACE resource materials to more efficiently map direct transfer credit awards for ACE recommendations that appear on Joint Services Transcripts (JST). We’re hoping for a rich audience including deans, department chairs, and faculty interested in aligning competencies gained through military training and education to outcomes in their own curriculum for direct credit matches where possible. While all disciplines will be welcomed, there will be an emphasis on healthcare fields in this particular event, including a strand on nursing to delve into the National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s Military Healthcare Occupation Crosswalk among other activities. CMVE’s 5th annual conference takes place on the following day, Sept. 27, with an emphasis on serving student veterans in the classroom, which some of your faculty may also have an interest in attending. More details and registration information for both events are still to come.

Previous Events – Catch up on what you may have missed!


  • 10.11.16 @10:30AM-12PM, MI-litary Equivalency Project Kickoff. Click here to view the slideshow from this webinar. Click here to review the event’s recording.
  • 11.9.16 @ 3-4PM, Building Campus Strategy for the MI-litary Equivalency ProjectClick here to view the slideshow from this webinar. Click here to review the event’s recording.
  • 11.29.16 @1:30-3PM, Talking PLA and Transferability, presented by the Council on Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL). Click here to access the slide deck from this presentation. Click here to review the event’s recording.


On-Demand Resources
Recommended for Additional Understanding

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Selected Publications Relative to this Topic:

Veterans continue to battle for their military training to count as college credit – The Hechinger Report, December, 2016.

A Resource Guide on Translating Military Competencies into Academic Credit – Consortium of Michigan Veterans Educators, December 2016

Bill to bridge gap between military and civilian training introduced by Congressman Denny Heck (D-WA-10th) – Press Release, September 2016

Operation Certification – How to Help Vets Succeed in the New Economy – ThirdWay, September 2016

Is it time to rethink the term nontraditional student? – eCampus News, September 30, 2016

Why PLA is Significant to Improving Graduation Rates – Council on Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), August 2016

Valuing Military Learning: A Guide to Military Prior Learning Assessment and More – Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit & Council on Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), July 2016

The Adult Learner: A Critical Ally for State Economic Development – The Council of State Governments, July 2016

Advancing Veteran Success in Higher Education: Case Highlights of Vocational Accelerator Programs at Del Mar College, Tarrant County College, and Wake Technical Community College – Syracuse University Institute for Veterans and Military Families, May 2016

Streamlining Veterans’ Path to College and Careers – USA Funds, May 2016

Occupational Outlook Handbook, Military Careers – U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, December 2015

Missing Perspectives: Servicemembers’ Transition from Service to Civilian Life – Syracuse University Institute for Veterans and Military Families, November 2015

State Policy Approaches to Supporting Prior Learning Assessment – Compiled by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), 2015

Issues Regarding Academic Credit for Veterans and Military Service Members: Doing What is Best for Students – Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, December 2012

Fueling the Race to Postsecondary Success: A 48-Institution Study of Prior Learning Assessment and Adult Student Outcomes – Council on Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), 2010