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Peter Chisholm
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pchisholm@framingham.edu
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 31, 2009

Dr. Timothy Flanagan, President of Framingham State College, today announced that the college’s application to become a Servicemember’s Opportunity College (SOC) has been approved.  The college joins the University of Massachusetts and three other state colleges in being so designated.

President Flanagan said, “Framingham State College is pleased to join with other colleges and universities that are committed to expanding educational opportunity for service members and veterans.  Receiving this designation allows us to further expand the services we offer veterans and their families.  We look forward to assisting veterans to achieve their educational goals.

  1. In accepting the designation, the college will adhere to the Member Commitment to the following from the SOC Principles and Criteria:
  2. Reasonable Transfer of Credit: avoid excessive loss of previously earned credit and avoid course work duplication
  3. Reduced Academic Residency: limited to no more than 25% of degree requirements with no final year or semester in residence (may require 30% for undergraduate degrees offered 100% online)
  4. Credit for Military Training and Experience: recognize and use the American Council on Education’s Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services in evaluating and awarding academic credit for military training and experience

Credit for Nationally-Recognized Testing Programs: award credit for at least one nationally-recognized testing program such as College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) General and Subject Exams, (DANTES) Subject Standardized Tests (DSST), Excelsior College Examinations (ECE)

The decision to apply for the Servicemembers Opportunity College program was endorsed by the College’s academic governance process during the Spring 2009 semester, and the application was submitted after the governance recommendation was approved by the Colleges Board of Trustees in May.  

Framingham State College has previously established an on-campus veteran’s assistance desk staffed by veterans.  College staff are preparing to welcome returning veterans to campus next week.  Staff members have been familiarizing themselves with the new the benefits contained in the new GI Bill that went into effect on August 1.

Dr. Susanne Conley, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Development, applauded the receipt of the designation and announced plans for campus wide kickoff and veterans’ event early in the fall semester.

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