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Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC)

Austin Peay State University is designated as an institutional member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC), a group of over 400 colleges and universities providing voluntary postsecondary education to military members throughout the world. As a SOC member, APSU recognizes the unique nature of a military lifestyle and has committed itself to easing the transfer of relevant course credits, providing flexible academic residency requirements, and crediting learning from appropriate military training experience.

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Associate Degree for Soldiers (SOCAD-2)

In addition to its SOC membership, APSU is one of approximately 200 institutions providing occupational and flexible SOCAD-2 (formerly SOCAD) programs on over 50 Army installations worldwide. These programs lead to associate degrees, most of which correspond to enlisted and warrant officer job specialties. Through prior agreement, students in SOCAD-2 programs:

  • Have residency credit limited to 25 percent of total degree requirements taken at any time;
  • Students must earn 6 semester hours of APSU credit before a SOCAD will be processed;
  • Are awarded credit for experience in their military occupational specialty (MOS) and service schools as appropriate to their programs;
  • Are awarded credit for non-traditional learning based on results of national text, such as CLEP and DANTES, as appropriate to their programs
  • Have a SOCAD-2 Student Agreement completed as their official evaluation stating remaining degree requirements and eliminating their need for reevaluation of previous credit; and,
  • Are guaranteed that courses listed in transferability tables in the SOCAD-2 Handbook will be accepted for degree requirements within each curriculum area.

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Bachelor's Degree for Soldiers (SOCAD-4)

APSU offers the B.S. in Public Management, Engineering Technology and Bachelor of Professional Studies as its Bachelors Degree for Soldiers. Through prior agreements, students in SOCAD-4 (formerly BDFS) programs:

  • Have residency credits limited to 32 hours that may be completed at any point in the baccalaureate process;
  • Students must earn 6 semester hours of APSU credit before a SOCAD will be processed;
  • Are awarded credit for experience in their military occupation specialty (MOS) and service schools as appropriate to their programs;
  • Are awarded credit for non-traditional learning based on results of national tests, such as CLEP and DANTES, as appropriate to their programs;
  • Have a SOCAD Student Agreement; and,
  • Are guaranteed course transferability as per the SOCAD Student Agreement.

Reference: Army Education Center