Military Credit Analysis

Overview

States vary in their development and passage of policies related to higher education, including policies related to the review of military transcripts and experience for military-connected students entering or reentering postsecondary education. This state policy scan, conducted by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) and the Midwestern Higher Education Compact’s (MHEC) Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit (MCMC), will provide a review of the current landscape of military transcripts and experience in 13 states, also studying policy implications at the state level.

Key research questions include:

  • What policies do the 13 states involved in the MHEC’s MCMC have in place related to the review of military transcripts and experience for military-connected students entering or reentering postsecondary education?
  • How are these policies generally interpreted by the state agencies involved with military-connected students in postsecondary education?
  • What do individuals working at these state agencies believe the impacts of these policies to be on military-connected students?

Approach

The key methods to be used in this study are primary research, individual interviews, and a survey. Primary research will be used to identify and describe the related policies in the 13 MHEC MCMC states. Individual interviews with related state agency staff will be used to understand the interpretation of the state policies. A survey, developed based on responses to a small number of individual interviews, will be used to measure the impacts of the policies on military-connected students.The expected outcomes of the research will be 1) a table summarizing the relevant policy(ies) in each state, with 2) a textual description for each state of the findings from the interviews and survey regarding how the policy(ies) are interpreted by relevant state agencies and the perceived impacts on military-connected students.

 

Researchers

Gina Johnson, NCHEMS
Sara Appel, MHEC