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What is the SOC | Servicemember Opportunity Colleges | ALU

What is the SOC | Servicemember Opportunity Colleges | ALU

What is SOC?

Abraham Lincoln is a recognized member of the SOC (Servicemember Opportunity Colleges) consortium. Created in 1972, the SOC consortium provides educational opportunities to service men and women who, due to the frequent travel and relocation associated with the military lifestyle, had trouble completing college degrees.

SOC works with fifteen higher education associations, the Department of Defense (DoD) and the active and reserve components of the military services to improve voluntary postsecondary education opportunities for service men and women worldwide. The consortium is funded by the DoD through a contract with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and managed by DANTES, the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support.

SOC’s Programs

SOC runs a number of programs. The largest is the consortium, compiling around 1,900 institutional members enrolling hundreds of thousands of service men and women, their family members, and veterans in associate, bachelor’s and graduate-level degree programs. These programs are located variously on school campuses, armories, and other military installations, or undertaken through a number of distance learning methods, including online classes like those of Abraham Lincoln University.

Abraham Lincoln University is eligible for ConAP, one of these major SOC programs. ConAP (short for the Concurrent Admissions Program for Army Enlistees) is a partnership between the Army Recruiting Command and participating SOC Consortium colleges and universities linking new soldiers to colleges at the time of enlistment, both as a reason to enlist and a reason, once enlisted, to continue education. The program helps to ensure that more soldiers take advantage of their GI Bill benefits, while also making sure that participating colleges use good academic practice in accepting courses from other colleges, while using the American Council on Education Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experience in the Armed Services (ACE Guide) to award credit for military courses and training that fit a student’s curriculum.

No matter the military branch, the SOC Consortium is there to help military service men and women, their families, and veterans. Abraham Lincoln University is proud to be a member school within this consortium. For more information, visit www.alu.edu or call Admissions at (866) 558-0999.

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