CPPD Courses Recommended for ACE Accreditation

Story Number: NNS130502-14Release Date: 5/2/2013 12:18:00 PM
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By Chief Mass Communication Specialist Jayme Pastoric, Center for Personal and Professional Development Public Affairs

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- The Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) announced April 30 that the American Council on Education (ACE) now recommends college credits for four CPPD courses.

A team of academic experts evaluated the following CPPD activities and granted ACE recommended credits for: Task-Based Curriculum Development Course; and the Personal Development Instructor Skills Training, which grants Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) 9518.

Both Navy Instructor Training Course, which grants NEC 9502 for Navy Instructor; and Master Training Specialist, were reaccredited.

According to the ACE website, the purpose of an installation site visit is to review and evaluate military training (courses) and experiences (occupations). The evaluation team analyzes materials, identifies learning outcomes, and recommends postsecondary credit based on its findings. CPPD Evaluations Manager Swanson Brown hosted and coordinated the team's visit to CPPD in February.

"An ACE credit review is a thorough process," said Brown. "Courses and examinations are reviewed by carefully selected teams of faculty evaluators from relevant academic disciplines. If the content, scope and rigor of the course or examination are equivalent to a college-level course, the teams recommend appropriate college credit."

According to the ACE website, ACE military reviews bridge the gap between professional military education and postsecondary curricula and provide parallels for the transfer of the service member's acquired learning to current college curricula. This facilitates access to academic degrees.

"Students can use these credit recommendations to satisfy general education or degree requirements or to demonstrate knowledge and proficiency in a particular subject," said Brown. "ACE credit recommendations are used as guidelines by colleges and universities, which make their own decisions about awarding credit. The minimum requirement is that the course we want evaluated must be at least 45 hours in length."

The benefits of ACE academic reviews for military training organizations are that they validate the quality of training, create an alignment and consistency in documenting training across the services and reduce Department of Defense tuition assistance funds.

"Having ACE recommend college credits for CPPD courses and curriculum development is a direct reflection of the hard work and dedication of the CPPD active duty and civilian team," said CPPD Command Master Chief Kenneth Schmidt. "Our team spends long hours refining each module of each course to ensure the information provided to the fleet is accurate and up to date. Sailors who pass these courses are not only receiving college credits, they take with them solid foundational teaching skills to implement at their command."

To take advantage of ACE recommended credits for a specific rating, Sailors should visit the nearest Navy College Office or Educational Service Officer to review their Joint Services Transcript (JST).

CPPD is responsible for providing a wide range of personal and professional development courses and materials, including General Military Training, Navy instructor training, alcohol and drug awareness program training, suicide and sexual assault prevention, bystander intervention, and personal responsibility classes.

CPPD's required leadership training is delivered multiple times throughout a Sailor's career via command-delivered enlisted leadership training material and officer leadership courses in a schoolhouse setting. CPPD also administers the Navy's voluntary education program, which provides Sailors with the opportunity to earn college degrees. CPPD additionally manages the United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP), which offers Sailors the opportunity to earn civilian apprenticeship certifications.

For more information about the Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD), visit: https://www.netc.navy.mil/centers/cppd/ .

Find CPPD on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Center-for-Personal-and-Professional-Development/100056459206 and on Twitter @CENPERSPROFDEV.

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