SMART Web Site Hits Exceed Ten Million in Ten Years


Story Number: NNS090529-16Release Date: 5/29/2009 3:13:00 PM
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By Susan Lawson, Center for Personal and Professional Development Public Affairs

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- Nearly one million visitors have accessed the Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART) Web site more than 10 million times since the site's creation in 1999.

SMART records contain service members' military occupational experience and training, along with the corresponding academic credit recommendations given by the American Council on Education (ACE).

"The great thing about the SMART Web site is its 24/7 accessibility," said Laurine Anderson, the Navy's SMART program manager. "Service members and retirees can view their occupational and academic records anytime, anywhere. Through the Web site, service members can generate and view as many degree plans as they choose. Navy training data is processed daily on the site to assure that the transcript is up to date and training accessed through the Navy Knowledge Online (NKO) portal is processed weekly."

Additional SMART information and educational planning support is available through the 52 Navy college offices (NCOs) located worldwide. The Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) manages all NCOs. CPPD provides Sailors, Marines and retirees access to meet with NCO counselors to help align their degree plans with their SMART credits, college courses and test scores to determine the courses required to complete their degrees.

SMART records are comprised of a descriptive transcript, as well as a summary (showing credit by subject) and an academic institute page showing college courses taken. SMART provides rating roadmaps, which are posted on the Navy College Web site, to assist Sailors with the amount of credit ACE recommends as they progress through the ranks. Electronic data for Navy personnel goes back to 1975 and for Marines to 1990. No prior service member is ever denied access to their transcripts.

The Sailor/Marine OnLine Academic Advisor (SMOLAA) is also available to Sailors and Marines through the SMART Web site. To date, 963,938 degree plans have been generated with SMOLAA support for 170,972 different individuals.

Through the Navy College Program Distance Learning Partnership (NCPDLP), there are currently 32 institutes who provide 257 degrees to Sailors. These institutes maximize the credit on the SMART transcript and provide methods of learning (such as online) that help Sailors achieve their degrees.

To find out more information about SMART records and the SMOLAA, visit www.smart.navy.mil.

For more information about other Navy education programs, visit www.navycollege.navy.mil.

For more news from the Center for Personal and Professional Development, visit www.navy.mil/local/voledpao.

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