New Policy Changes for Navy's Voluntary Education Programs

Story Number: NNS100323-15Release Date: 3/23/2010 4:37:00 PM
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From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The chief of Naval Personnel released NAVADMIN 105/10 March 23 which reflects several changes to Navy education priorities, including guidance for the management of off-duty voluntary education programs.

Among the primary changes outlined are the requirement for individual education plans prior to enrollment in courses funded by Tuition Assistance (TA) or the Navy College Program for Afloat College Education (NCPACE), the elimination of funding for courses expressed in clock hours and the restriction of TA and NCPACE usage for new accession Sailors during their first permanent duty station.

"Navy leadership is committed to providing opportunities and financial assistance to Sailors as they pursue their educational goals," said Vice Adm. Mark Ferguson, chief of naval personnel. "Our highest priority is to reward Sailors who are responsible, plan ahead and who are good financial stewards of Navy's education funds."

Individual education plans will be required by all Sailors who plan to use TA. These plans serve as an essential guide for Sailors as they pursue their education goals, listing courses, American Council on Education (ACE) credits and Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) academic testing applicable to completing select degree programs.

Education plans will also help Sailors identify which courses are best achieved within the allotted 16 semester hour cap, and must be on file with the Navy College Office (NCO) prior to enrollment in college courses funded with TA or through NCPACE. Students will no longer be able to complete five courses prior to completion of the education plan.

"It's important to remember that as Sailors train, they can also earn credits toward college degrees," said Navy's Voluntary Education Director, Dr. Mary Redd-Clary. "Our Navy College counselors review these credits against Sailors' education plans and degree programs. This helps minimize the time a Sailor spends attending courses, while sensibly managing Navy education funds," said Redd-Clary.

DANTES tests for college credit and ACE recommended credits ensure Sailors are able to complete degree requirements in a timely manner. Currently, Sailors both ashore and afloat, can enroll in rating related distance learning degrees offered by any one of 34 Navy College Program Distance Learning Partnership (NCPDLP) schools.

Additionally, the NAVADMIN announces TA and NCPACE funding will only be authorized for academic courses expressed in semester or quarter hours and lead to technical, associates, bachelors, masters or doctorate degree. These courses are readily available at accredited colleges and universities world-wide and priced within the current DoD cap of $250 per semester hour or $166.67 per quarter hour. Funding of courses expressed in clock hours is no longer authorized.

To provide Sailors with adequate time to become familiar with the command, their job requirements and progress towards warfare qualifications, officer and enlisted new accessions are now required to have one year onboard their first permanent duty station before TA or NCPACE funds will be authorized. Sailors currently enrolled in TA or NCPACE and have served less than a year at their first PDS are exempt from this requirement as long as they remain eligible for program benefits.

According to Redd-Clary, there are many factors that must be considered in order for Sailors to successfully complete their degree requirements. That is why it's so important for Sailors to seek the guidance of Navy College counselors at their local NCO.

"I can not emphasize enough the value of discussing your goals with an education counselor," said Redd-Clary. "Once you've established this plan you can track your progress under the MyEducation tab on the Navy College Web site."

The Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) manages all 50 of the Navy College Offices located worldwide.

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ogistics Specialist Seaman William Selmon takes his final exam for a Programs Afloat College Education (PACE) course aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Hue City (CG 66).
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