Glossary

Academic Residency

The number of credits a student must complete with the home college to be eligible for a degree. SOC Degree Network System member institutions must limit academic residency to 25% or less of the total degree program, specifically avoiding any "final year" or "final semester" residency requirement. The only exception is for institutions that offer 100% of an undergraduate degree online; they may require servicemembers to take 30% of that degree program from their institutions.

Comparable Courses
Courses that are considered to be equivalent in academic content. Credit hours and/or upper- and lower-level course numbering, however, may vary among comparable courses if the content is deemed to be sufficiently related in academic content. Comparable courses are listed together by SOC DNS Course Category in the Transferability Tables.
Course Category – See "SOC DNS Course Category/Code"
Degree Network System – See "SOC Degree Network System"
Delivery Methods
Three methods by which SOC Degree Network System member institutions make degrees available to students. They are Traditional Delivery, Distance Learning, and Learning Assessment.
Distance Learning
A delivery method that provides instruction by non-traditional means (e.g., Internet, video, teleconferencing, correspondence). Distance learning degrees within the SOC Degree Network System are those degrees in which the majority of credit hours required are available to servicemembers through a distance delivery mode from the home college.
Guaranteed Transferability
SOC DNS member institutions guarantee transfer of courses in SOC DNS Course Categories, so that courses may be transferred back to the home college without prior approval. Courses mapped to SOC DNS Course Categories appear on the SOC DNS Student Agreement, in Chapter 5 of the SOC DNS Handbook, and in the Guaranteed-Transfer Courses section of the website.
Handbook – See "SOC Degree Network System Handbook"
Home College
The institution from which the student wants to graduate with a degree. That college issues the SOC DNS Student Agreement and awards the degree to the student when degree requirements are completed.
Learning Assessment
An external degree delivery method that usually requires little or no academic residency and may be based entirely on college credits derived from evaluation of learning from nontraditional sources or transfer of credit from other institutions.
Network
A number of degree programs in a single academic area offered by SOC Degree Network System member institutions at a variety of military installations, through distance learning, or by learning assessment.
Official Evaluation
A determination by the college of credits accepted in transfer and awarded for previous formal and non-traditional education and experience and an official notification to the student of those decisions. The awards are guaranteed to the student by the institution as soon as the Student Agreement is issued.
Quarter Hour
A unit of college credit different than a semester hour. One semester hour converts to 1.5 quarter hours.
Resident Credits
Courses taken at the student's home college that are applied toward that school's academic residency requirement.
Semester Hour
A unit of college credit equal to 12 hours of class or contact time.
SOC Degree Network System
A group of member institutions selected to deliver specific associate and bachelor’s degree programs to servicemembers and their adult family members.
SOC Degree Network System Handbook
The SOC Degree Network System Handbook identifies SOC DNS features, policies, and membership requirements for colleges. They serve as degree-planning tools for students and academic counselors, listing colleges, degrees, courses in SOC DNS Course Category Codes with guaranteed two-way transfer, and location offerings for associate and Bachelor's degree programs offered to servicemembers worldwide.
SOC DNS Course Category/Code
A categorization of courses from SOC DNS member institutions that are applicable toward a college degree and have comparable academic content. A SOC DNS Course Category is established whenever a group of member institutions agree to accept each other's comparable courses in transfer. Each institution with a course in the SOC DNS Course Category has guaranteed that it will accept in transfer each of the courses from other institutions in the Category in place of its own listed course(s). In some cases, multiple courses from an institution must be taken to satisfy a Category's requirements. Separate Course Categories are maintained for associate and bachelor's degree programs. SOC DNS Course Categories are identified by a six-character Course Category Code, with associate degree Category Codes ending with "A" and bachelor's degree Category Codes ending with "B". Consult the SOC Degree Network System Transferability Tables for a complete list.
SOC DNS Student Agreement
The Student Agreement is an official evaluation of the student’s prior learning, including courses taken from other institutions, military training, military occupational experience (MOS or Rating), and nationally-recognized examination programs. The Student Agreement serves as a degree plan so that the student has a complete assessment of remaining degree requirements. All member institutions must issue a SOC DNS Student Agreement to all degree-seeking students who have chosen them as his or her home college. A SOC DNS Student Agreement is issued when the student has completed six semester hours with the home college. The Student Agreement form is standardized across the four Services participating in the SOC Degree Network System. Templates and instructions for completing Student Agreements are available in Chapter 2 of the SOC Degree Network System Handbook and on the SOC DNS Web page.
Traditional Delivery
A delivery method of classroom-based instruction.
Transferability Tables
The listing of courses that are mutually accepted in transfer for each SOC DNS Course Category. Within a Course Category, these courses are guaranteed to be accepted in transfer in place of the course(s) listed from any other member institution within the same Course Category. Both current and recently removed courses, or those with a "Before" date, are listed for easy reference. Separate Transferability Tables apply to associate and bachelor's degree programs.