Ashland University to Double the Veteran Military Credits

Ashland University to Double the Veteran Military Credits

10/8/2012 ASHLAND, Ohio - Beginning with spring semester, which starts Jan. 14, 2013, Ashland University will provide eight semester hours of credit to veterans enrolling in undergraduate programs. Historically, Ashland University has provided four semester hours of credit to veterans who have been honorably discharged from military service.

“This increase to eight semester hours of credit will make Ashland University more competitive with other schools in Ohio, which typically grant more hours of credits for veterans in areas such as physical education, wellness, cultural diversity, leadership, business, and computer science,” said Dr. John Sikula, director of Adult Studies and Veteran Services.

 “A phone survey of more than a dozen universities in Ohio revealed that Ashland University needed to make some changes in how it conducts prior learning assessment and awards credit for military experience,” Sikula noted.

“Veterans generally are older than the typical freshman and they have experience equivalent to course content found in Accent on Success 101, which is a one-hour, introductory course focusing on adjusting to college life and learning about possible career paths,” Sikula said.

He also noted that three hours of credit will be awarded for the new core curriculum requirement called Global Passport Strategies (GPS), newly instituted to better prepare students to face conditions of globalization.

“Veterans with military experience are generally familiar with global conditions and they need not repeat introductory exposure to global issues,” Sikula said. “To receive academic credit for this course, veterans and all students need to construct a short reflection paper, called a GPS Narrative.”

In the past, two credits have been given to veterans for Lifetime Wellness and two have been for electives, and this will continue to be the case.

“Our ultimate goal with this increase to eight semester hours of credit is to give veterans the credit they deserve for their military experience as well as make Ashland University more competitive with other schools in Ohio,” Sikula said.

In August, the University appointed Sikula as director of the new office of Adult Studies and Veteran Services. A veterans’ student organization has been established on campus to help coordinate the needs of more than 100 veterans at Ashland University and its seminary.

Also, website development is underway, along with efforts to market veteran services more extensively, including establishing a presence in Mansfield at the newly opened Dwight Schar College of Nursing.

For additional information about this and other services for veterans, contact Dr. Sikula at 419.290.5751, or jsikula@ashland.edu.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###