Columbus State University has taken steps to make it easier for its Army-enlisted students and their dependents to complete their degrees in criminal justice without interruption from relocating due to reassignment.
Effective this fall, the university will be classified as a Degree Network System institution as part of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Degree Network System Army Division. By joining this network, which consists of about 160 colleges and universities, Army service members and their dependents enrolling at CSU can transfer their degree credits from other colleges and universities in the network. Credits earned at CSU can likewise transfer to other schools in the network.
“What makes the program unique is we offer 100 percent transferability,” said John A. Brown, CSU registrar. “So regardless of where they are in the country, we would be their home school and they could go any other school in the network and have the credits transfer back to us.”
Service members and their dependents will be required to sign a contract indicating what their home school will be.
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“We’re really talking all over the country,” Brown said. “Wherever the Degree Network school is located, that’s where they have their choices from.”
The classification also means CSU can serve enrolling service members and dependents with Army tuition assistance and processing program, GoArmyEd.
“The reason behind it is it accommodates the service members who are having to be deployed to different duty locations throughout the states,” Brown said.