Maps to Credentials: Supporting Veteran Transfer and Success was a 3-year project funded by the Fund for Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) and implemented by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) with the American Council on Education (ACE) and AACC. The project provided support to three community colleges as they designed and piloted credential road maps for student veterans, largely by crosswalking ACE credit recommendations for military occupations and training to existing college courses and programs in order to accelerate veterans' postsecondary attainment.
CAEL and ACE shared project management responsibilities with AACC and the project drew upon the three national organizations’ expertise in serving adult learners, assessing prior learning, and effectively serving military veterans. Faculty, administrators, advisors, and counselors at partner colleges participated in a range of professional development activities.
The project focused initially on military veterans, a population with college-level skills and knowledge gained through military service, which are essential to the country’s workforce. A cross-sector project advisory group was at the national level and at each partner college that included both employers and veterans in addition to individuals from higher education.
- Raise veterans’ postsecondary attainment.
- Maximize veterans’ prior training and experience through degree roadmaps.
- Support successful transitions to college and the civilian workplace.
- Provide models for other community colleges.
- Advance institutional commitment to credit for prior learning policies and practices.