Military Education Program
The Vincennes University Military Education Program (MEP) was implemented Fall 1987 to assist the soldiers of the Indiana National Guard and the Indiana-based United States Army Reserve Units in meeting the newly mandated educational requirements established by the United States Congress. A combination of specially developed one credit hour classes and traditional college classes were taught in National Guard armories and Reserve centers to meet this need. At the request of the National Guard Bureau, Vincennes University established a program site at the National Guard Professional Education Center, Camp Robinson in North Little Rock, Arkansas, in Spring 1988. This was the catalyst for the MEP to expand to other states and branches of the military.
Today the program serves a variety of military populations nationwide. The out-of-state resident and weekend programs provide access to associate degree and certificate programs for active duty and active reservists in the Army, Army Reserves, National Guard, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.
Vincennes University is one of thirty-two colleges and universities that partners with the Navy in their Navy College Distance Learning Partnership Program. The Partners provide distance delivery of Rating (occupational) related degrees to sailors worldwide. Vincennes University is providing associate degrees in Business Studies, Electronics Technology and Law Enforcement for ten Navy ratings. The Technology Apprenticeship Option, A.A.S. degree, is available to sailors completing apprenticeships in fourteen civilian trades, representing thirty-six Navy Ratings. VU has entered into a partnership with the Army National Guard Education Support Center to offer a specialized associate degree in Business Studies for their Recruiting Retention Non-Commissioned Officers.
Additionally, Vincennes University participates as the lead institution in the United States Coast Guard Cutter Afloat Program. This program provides instructor-led courses aboard deployed United States Coast Guard Cutters and allows students to enroll in courses that complement operational commitments.
Vincennes University MEP maintains offices at the following locations.
|Fort Benning, Georgia
Saint Augustine, Florida
NGPEC Camp Robinson, North Little Rock, Arkansas
Naval Air Facility, El Centro, California
||Naval Base Coronado, Coronado, California
Naval Base San Diego, San Diego, California
Naval Medical Center, Balboa, San Diego, California
Naval Station, Bremerton, Washington
The foundation of the program is giving service members access to a college education by combining a variety of learning experiences to work toward completion of an associate and/or a baccalaureate degree. In order to provide increased access to degree completion, we offer the following opportunities for the military student enrolled in our program. Vincennes University offers six (6) one-credit hour weekend courses at various military sites around the country. The purpose of these courses is to update and improve both military and personal skills to aid in military promotion and college success. After successful completion of one course with Vincennes University, the student’s military experience will be evaluated using a customized computer program to award college credit based on the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Guide. The student will receive a transcript that includes credit received from in-resident courses, experiential learning (military) credit, transfer credit from other accredited colleges, and DANTES and CLEP tests, with proper documentation. They also receive a degree plan (Servicemember’s Opportunity Colleges SOC agreement) for a degree. Military students’ options for completing their degrees through Vincennes University include on-site classes, distance education courses, and transfer courses from other accredited colleges and universities.
For additional information, contact the Military Education Program, Vincennes University, Vincennes, Indiana 47591, call 800-468-7480 or check the MEP website, www.vinu.edu/military, for email addresses for appropriate sites and programs.
Authorization to Award Degrees in the State of Arkansas
Vincennes University is authorized by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education to offer and confer the academic degrees by letter of exemption. Inquiries concerning the standards or school compliance may be directed to the ICAC Coordinator, Arkansas Department of Higher Education, 114 East Capitol Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201.
Authorization to Award Degrees in the State of Washington
Vincennes University is authorized by the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB) and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes Vincennes University to offer the following programs: Associate of Science in Behavioral Sciences; Associate of Science in Behavioral Sciences-Psychology Concentration; Associate of Science in Behavioral Sciences-Sociology Concentration; Associate of Science in Business Administration; Associate of Science in General Studies; Associate of Science in General Studies-Business Studies; Associate of Science in Law Enforcement; Associate of Science in Hotel/Motel Management; and Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security and Public Safety. Authorization by the HECB does not carry with it an endorsement by the board of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the Act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the HECB office at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.
Authorization to Award Degrees in the State of Oregon
Vincennes University is authorized by the State of Oregon to offer and confer the academic degrees following a determination that state academic standards will be satisfied under OAR 583-030. Vincennes University is authorized to offer the following programs: Associate of Science in General Studies. Inquiries concerning the standards or school compliance may be directed to the Office of Degree Authorization, 1500 Valley River Drive, Suite 100, Eugene, Oregon 97401.