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ANNOUNCING THE MAP 2022 COHORT

The MAP Initiative is scaling up with the new MAP 2022 Cohort of 53​ California Community Colleges.

Beginning in February 2022, Cohort colleges will start using the platform to match their college courses with credit recommendations from ACE and other credit recommending bodies. Once approved by discipline faculty, articulated course credits may be awarded and transcripted. 

The mission of the Cohort is to increase equitable access and completion by making it normal and expected for all military (and other) students to receive all the credit they deserve so they can achieve all their educational goals with existing military (or financial aid) benefits.

Colleges of the 2022 MAP Cohort

Allan Hancock • Antelope Valley • Bakersfield • Barstow • Berkeley City • Chaffey • Citrus • Coastline • College of the Desert • College of the Redwoods • Compton • Copper Mountain • Crafton Hills • Cypress • East Los Angeles • El Camino • Folsom Lake • Fullerton • Golden West • LA City • Las Positas • Lassen • LA Harbor • LA Mission • LA Pierce • LA Southwest • LA Trade Technical • Los Angeles Valley • Mendocino • Merced • MiraCosta • Monterey Peninsula • Moreno Valley • Mt. San Jacinto • Norco • Palo Verde • Palomar • Pasadena City • Porterville • Riverside City • Saddleback • San Bernardino Valley • San Diego City • San Diego Mesa • San Diego Miramar • Santa Ana • Santa Barbara City • Santa Monica • Shasta • Solano • Ventura • Victor Valley • West Los Angeles​

​Military Articulation Platform (MAP)


The Military Articulation Platform and MilCPL

Veterans complete rigorous training and coursework while on active duty. The American Council on Education (ACE) provides college credit recommendations based on analysis of military training. Nevertheless, our veterans often do not receive the credit they deserve. A Rand Corporation study estimates that only 1 in 4 veterans believes they receive the college credits they deserve for their military training.

The Military Articulation Platform (MAP) is a cloud-based system that matches college courses to credit recommendations from ACE, NCCRS, and other Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) recommending agencies. MAP uses a 4-step approval process to create articulations based on discipline faculty approval. Articulations are stored in MAP and offered as college credit to incoming and regional veterans. Articulations may be adopted by other participating colleges, creating an ecosystem designed to maximize military credit for prior learning (MilCPL).

Our Goal is to make it normal and expected for all veterans and active duty service members to receive all the credit they deserve--up to one year of credit in programs leading to high wage jobs and transfer.

The Riverside Community College District is leading the effort to design and deploy the MAP in California’s 116 Community Colleges and beyond. The goal is to improve equitable access, success, completion, transfer, and career attainment by maximizing MilCPL.​​

​​Background

The MAP project began in 2017 at Norco College and was supported by $250K legislative appropriation for Phase 1 (design and beta test). In 2018, Phase 2 (expansion to IEDRC regional colleges) began as Project #16 of the IEDRC.

Phase 3 (initial scaling statewide for MilCPL and CPL) begins January 1, 2022 and is supported by a $2M legislative appropriation. Phase 4 (scaling statewide and including all CPL) is proposed in the 2022-2023 State Budget.

MAP is a collaborative effort enjoined by the Academic Senate of the California Community Colleges (ASCCC), the CCC Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO), ACE, CalVet, and local and regional legislators.

MAP Modules - Phased Fridays

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MAP Phased Fridays – Outreach and CPL Modules – 06-16-2022

  • Samuel Lee, Chief Ambassador, California MAP Initiative; Terence Nelson, Director of Academic and Governmental Relations, California MAP Initiative; Pedro Campos, MAP Chief Architect; Calvin Klein Gloria, MAP Project Expert; Janelle Brekke, MAP Evaluator; Weston Kilbride, MAP Customer Success Manager; Brook Goins, MAP Customer Success Manager
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MAP Phased Fridays – Veteran Self-Access Module – 04-22-2022

  • Dr. Samuel Lee, VPAA Norco College & MAP Oversight; Terence Nelson, MAP Project Consultant; Janelle Brekke, MAP Evaluator; Calvin Klein Gloria, MAP Project Expert; Pedro Campos, MAP Chief Architect; Weston Kilbride, MAP Customer Success Manager; Brook Goins, MAP Customer Success Manager
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MAP Phased Fridays – Veteran Intake Module – 04-08-2022

  • Dr. Samuel Lee, VPAA Norco College & MAP Oversight; Terence Nelson, MAP Project Consultant; Janelle Brekke, MAP Evaluator; Calvin Klein Gloria, MAP Project Expert; Pedro Campos, MAP Chief Architect; Weston Kilbride, MAP Customer Success Manager; Brook Goins, MAP Customer Success Manager
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  • Understanding a Joint Services Transcript (JST)

MAP Phased Fridays – Articulation Adoption Module – 03-18-2022

  • Dr. Samuel Lee, VPAA Norco College & MAP Oversight, Terence Nelson, MAP Project Consultant, Pedro Campos, MAP Chief Architect, Weston Kilbride, MAP Customer Success Manager, Brook Goins, MAP Customer Success Manager, Calvin Gloria, MAP Project Expert, Norco College
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MAP News

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MAP 2022 Cohort Go Live Meeting

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  • Dr. Samuel Lee, VPAA Norco College & MAP Oversight; Mark DeAsis, Dean of Enrollment Services & MAP Administrator, Norco College; Terence Nelson, MAP Project Consultant, Saddleback College; Janelle Brekke, MAP Evaluator, Norco College; Calvin Gloria, MAP Project Expert, Norco College; Pedro Campos, MAP Chief Architect, ITPI; Weston Kilbride, MAP Customer Success Manager, ITPI; Brook Goins, MAP Customer Success Manager, ITPI
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Video Resources

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CPL Welcome - ASCCC Howerton Fall 2021



Military Articulation Platform (MAP)

MAP Features Overview - FINAL - 10-06-2021

MilCPL and MAP Student Testimonial - Mauricio Cano-Cortez

Navy Captain Anthony Bayungan - Military CPL Summit

Assemblywoman Sabrina Cervantes - Military CPL Summit

MAP Technical Training - 09-25-2020

Military Training to College Pathways - Giving Credit Where Credit is Due - American Council on Education (ACE) Presentation - 09-18-2020

Military Training to College Pathways - Giving Credit Where Credit is Due - FULL WORKSHOP - 09-18-2020

Fall FLEX Days 2020 - MAP Presentation


MAP Presentations

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Videos

Purpose, Goal, Outcomes

  • Terence Nelson, IEDRC MAP Lead

Partner Endorsements

  • Dr. Blas Villalobos, Board of Governors California Community Colleges, USMC Veteran
  • Christopher Howerton, Academic Senate for California Community Colleges
  • Captain Anthony Bayungan, Commodore, Navy Recruiting Region West
  • Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes, 60th Assembly District

Christopher Howerton, ASCCC

  • Christopher Howerton, Academic Senate for California Community Colleges

Navy Captain Anthony Bayungan

  • Captain Anthony Bayungan, Commodore, Navy Recruiting Region West

Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes

  • Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes, 60th Assembly District

MilCPL and MAP Student Testimonial - Mauricio Cano-Cortez

  • Mauricio Cano-Cortez, Marine Corps Engineer Corporal and President of Student Veterans of America, Norco Chapter

CSU CPL Policy

  • Dr. Melissa Lavitt, AVC Academic Programs CSU Chancellor’s Office

MilCPL and MAP Initiative

  • Dr. Samuel Lee, VPAA Norco College

MilCPL 101: Session 1: MilCPL Basics

  • Kevin Benitez, Santa Monica College
  • Peggy Campo, Norco College
  • Nick Arman, Fullerton College
  • Eric Betancourt, Norco College

MilCPL 101: Session 2: Tour of MAP

  • Samuel Lee, Norco College
  • Pedro Campos, ITPI
  • Weston Kilbride, ITPI

MilCPL 101: Session 3: Teamwork

  • Terence Nelson, IEDRC
  • Peggy Campo, Norco College
  • Eric Betancourt, Norco College
  • Weston Kilbride, ITPI

MilCPL 201: Session 1: MilCPL Simplified

  • Samuel Lee, Norco College
  • Pedro Campos, ITPI
  • Weston Kilbride, ITPI
  • Janelle Brekke, Norco College
  • Arlene Serrato, Moreno Valley College

MilCPL 201: Session 2: Disciplines, Students & Allies

  • Eric Betancourt, Norco College
  • Arlene Serrato, Moreno Valley College
  • Terence Nelson, IEDRC
  • Christine Barlolong, Palomar College

MilCPL 201: Session 3: Let’s Articulate Some Courses at Your College

  • Pedro Campos, ITPI
  • Janelle Brekke, Norco College
  • Arlene Serrato, Moreno Valley College

MilCPL 301: Session 1: Digging into CPL Transfer

  • Marshall Thomas, Director of Active Duty and Veterans Affairs
  • Melissa Lavitt, AVC Academic Programs
  • Terence Nelson, IEDRC

MilCPL 301: Session 2: Articulation Storing, Sharing & Transcripting

  • Janelle Brekke, Norco College
  • Sherry Elms, Merced College

MilCPL 301: Session 3: Initiative Next Steps

  • Samuel Lee, Norco College
  • Calvin Klein Gloria, Norco College Project Expert

Closing & Conclusion

  • Terence Nelson, IEDRC MAP Lead
  • Dr. Samuel Lee, VPAA Norco College

Presentations

Purpose, Goal, Outcomes

Partner Endorsements

  • Dr. Blas Villalobos, Board of Governors California Community Colleges, USMC Veteran
  • Christopher Howerton, Academic Senate for California Community Colleges
  • Captain Anthony Bayungan, Commodore, Navy Recruiting Region West
  • Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes, 60th Assembly District
  • Presentation

MilCPL and MAP Initiative

MilCPL 101: Session 1: MilCPL Basics

  • Kevin Benitez, Santa Monica College
  • Peggy Campo, Norco College
  • Nick Arman, Fullerton College
  • Eric Betancourt, Norco College
  • Presentation

MilCPL 101: Session 2: Tour of MAP

  • Samuel Lee, Norco College
  • Pedro Campos, ITPI
  • Weston Kilbride, ITPI
  • Presentation

MilCPL 101: Session 3: Teamwork

  • Terence Nelson, IEDRC
  • Peggy Campo, Norco College
  • Eric Betancourt, Norco College
  • Weston Kilbride, ITPI
  • Presentation

MilCPL 201: Session 1: MilCPL Simplified

  • Samuel Lee, Norco College
  • Pedro Campos, ITPI
  • Weston Kilbride, ITPI
  • Janelle Brekke, Norco College
  • Arlene Serrato, Moreno Valley College
  • Presentation

MilCPL 201: Session 2: Disciplines, Students & Allies

  • Eric Betancourt, Norco College
  • Arlene Serrato, Moreno Valley College
  • Terence Nelson, IEDRC
  • Christine Barlolong, Palomar College
  • Presentation

MilCPL 301: Session 1: Digging into CPL Transfer

  • Marshall Thomas, Director of Active Duty and Veterans Affairs
  • Melissa Lavitt, AVC Academic Programs
  • Terence Nelson, IEDRC
  • Presentation

MilCPL 301: Session 2: Articulation Storing, Sharing & Transcripting

  • Janelle Brekke, Norco College
  • Sherry Elms, Merced College
  • Presentation

MilCPL 301: Session 3: Initiative Next Steps

  • Samuel Lee, Norco College
  • Calvin Klein Gloria, Norco College Project Expert
  • Presentation

Closing & Conclusion

  • Terence Nelson, IEDRC MAP Lead
  • Dr. Samuel Lee, VPAA Norco College
  • Presentation


Transfer Evaluation System (TES) by CollegeSource

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Legislative Information

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Legislation that supports MAP

  • SB-1071
  • AB-1786
  • Vision for Success
  • 2012 Block AB 2462: Specified that by July 1, 2015, the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges (CCC), using common course descriptors and pertinent recommendations of the American Council on Education, shall determine for which courses credit should be awarded for prior military experience. This has not happened because of the complexity and enormity of the task, which must rely on discipline faculty experts at each of the 115 California Community Colleges to make articulation decisions for courses paired with ACE Recommendations one at a time—and there are tens of thousands of combinations at each college.
  • 2018 Cervantes AB 1786 Academic Credit for Military Experience: Specified that by March 31, 2019, the CCC Chancellor is to establish an initiative to expand military Credit for Prior Learning (CPL). The initiative was supposed to identify best practices for CPL, locate and collect available resources and provide professional development. The initiative also sought to identify the best practices for potential pilot programs and provide recommendations for internal system wide policy changes to expand CCC CPL. By January 1, 2020, the chancellor was to report to the Legislature on the initiative.
  • 2018 Roth CA S 1071 Community Colleges Uniform Policy to Award Credit: Requires CCC Chancellor to work with Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) to develop a consistent policy to award military personnel and Veterans who have an official Joint Services Transcript course credit for Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum, State University General Education Breadth or local community college general education requirements.
  • Academic Senate for California Community Colleges Resolution 18.04 (2011): Urges local academic senates to apply credit for educational experiences during military service toward the associate degree – including the fulfillment of general education, major coursework, certificates, and other degree requirements – in accordance with the recommendations listed in the American Council on Education (ACE) Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services.


Veteran Friendly Commitments

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Principles of MAP enabled colleges

  • ​MAP-Enable Institutional Requirements​
    1. ​Signed letter of “Institutional Commitment to Maximize College Credit for Military Training" by Leadership of Academic Senate, College, District, and Board of Trustees.
    2. Provide a “Center" or stand-alone area or building where military-connected students can meet, socialize, study or get academic help.
    3. Agree to Principles of Excellence, 8 Keys to Veterans' Success, and the most recent Defense Department Memorandum of Understanding.
    4. Reduce or Eliminate out-of-pocket tuition costs for Post-9/11 GI Bill® users and, where needed, participate in the Yellow Ribbon program to help make up the difference between tuition costs and GI Bill™​ benefits. At least 4 stars.
    5. Charge at or below TA Cap Rate ($250 per unit in 2016)
    6. Staff Support. At least 2 stars per Military Times criteria.
    7. Regionally Accredited
    8. Average Student Loan Default Rate under 13%
    9. Commitment of faculty to make an articulation decision on each catalog course
    10. Commitment of college leadership to designate discipline faculty leads for articulation decisions
    11. Commitment of college IT staff to grant access to the MAP API Components (Incoming Data Pipelines, Data Source/Transformation, Data Loading/Mapping) to local college data sources​


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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This Frequently Asked Questions document describes the use of Military Articulation Platform and is divided into two sections: General FAQ and Student FAQ.

General FAQ

  1. How is MAP used?
    ANSWER: MAP creates a four-step process to build a bridge from college courses to ACE credit recommendations, allowing colleges to award student credit. The platform may also be used to adopt the articulations made by other colleges and to reach out to local and regional veterans to offer credit toward all eligible degrees and certificates.

    The four-step process for articulating credits includes:
    1. Evaluator: Courses are matched to credit recommendations, which creates articulation recommendations for faculty consideration;
    2. Articulation Officer: Transfer considerations may be noted on the articulation recommendations;
    3. Faculty Approval: Discipline faculty approve or deny articulation recommendations and add any notes or documentation needed;
    4. Implementation (where the articulations are made available to students as transcripted course credit).
    The bulk of the work is at the evaluator level. It is recommended that campus VRC staff and veteran student workers be considered a part of this process, providing additional support. Student veteran work studies can be very helpful in encouraging an institution’s veteran population to participate in having their Joint Services Transcripts (JSTs) evaluated for MilCPL.

  2. What is the MAP 2022 Cohort?
    ANSWER: In 2022 MAP is being scaled up for use by an expanded cohort of 52 California Community Colleges. Cohort colleges have access to the platform with support, training, and opportunities for regional collaboration on facilitating credit for prior learning.
    MAP 2022 Cohort Colleges
    Antelope Valley • East Los Angeles • LA Trade Technical • Riverside City • Bakersfield • El Camino • Los Angeles Valley • Saddleback • Barstow • Folsom Lake • Mendocino • San Bernardino Valley • Berkeley City • Fullerton • Merced • San Diego City • Chaffey • Golden West • MiraCosta • San Diego Mesa • Citrus • Allan Hancock • Monterey Peninsula • San Diego Miramar • Coastline • LA City • Moreno Valley • Santa Barbara City • College of the Desert • Las Positas • Mt. San Jacinto • Santa Monica • College of the Redwoods • Lassen • Norco • Shasta • Compton • LA Harbor • Palo Verde • Solano • Copper Mountain • LA Mission • Palomar • Ventura • Crafton Hills • LA Pierce • Pasadena City • Victor Valley • Cypress • LA Southwest • Porterville • West Los Angeles

  3. Is there any cost associated with using the MAP platform?
    ANSWER: No. The cost for ongoing development, operation, and basic support of MAP is paid for by seed funding provided by a legislative appropriation. The funding is sufficient to support the cohort through February 2023, after which time the project will rely on potential ongoing funding provided by the CCCCO. The request for ongoing funding is included in the 2022-23 System Budget Proposal.

  4. Item 9 on the Veteran Friendly Practices asks colleges to support the following: “Grant IT access to the MAP API Components (Incoming Data Pipelines, Data Source/Transformation, Data Loading/Mapping).” Does MAP require integration with your Student Information System or other systems?
    ANSWER: No. COCI courses and program data are the source of the basic install for each college. With this basic information, your institution can begin to create articulation recommendations. While MAP can use APIs to automatically connect to a variety of data sources, the basic functions of MAP do not require integration with the SIS/ERP or other systems. Furthermore, MAP does not push any data into the SIS/ERP or other systems.

    Examples of optional additional data that can be integrated in MAP include Course Data (course descriptions, student learning outcomes, course objectives); Program Data (program descriptions, program learning outcomes, program objectives, program required, elective, and optional courses). Colleges that wish to integrate complete course and program data have two options: 1. MAP vendor, ITPI, can either automatically update course data through either API integration; or 2. Provide data to be manually uploaded by ITPI in a variety of formats (TXT, CSV, JSON, XLSX).

  5. What is API Integration and how is it used in MAP?
    ANSWER: API integration is the connection between software applications via APIs (application programming interfaces). These allow systems to exchange data sources automatically. APIs keep data in sync and eliminate the need to manually update files shared between two or more databases.

    MAP uses APIs to connect course and program descriptions from the Chancellor’s Office Curriculum Inventory (COCI). In addition, APIs can be set up with each college to integrate course descriptions, student learning outcomes, program learning outcomes, and cross-listed course information. This allows evaluators and faculty to have a complete set of information to compare to credit recommendations.

  6. What level of IT maintenance is required? What type of staff provides the maintenance?
    ANSWER: There is little to no local IT maintenance or support needed. That said, there is considerable time needed to create and approve articulations covering an entire college catalog. As use of MAP grows at member colleges, articulations can be adopted from one college to another. This will save a great deal of time in the long run. Colleges implementing MAP can choose to adopt peer college articulations rather than creating and approving them from the start.

  7. Are there any recommended or available funding sources to further facilitate MAP Implementation (OT for evaluator or stipends for faculty discipline experts)?
    ANSWER: It is recommended that colleges assemble a variety of categorical funding sources (i.e. HEERF, Regional and Local SWP, VRC Annual Funding, TRIO Veteran’s Upward Bound Grant, Foundation grants, FIPSE grant) to support part-time or overtime hours worked by the evaluator and faculty approver roles.

    Extra OT hours can be funded through a variety of sources (SWP, VRC Grant, other categorical sources). For faculty approvals, stipends can be provided for the additional work (same funding sources above). Ideally, the use of stipends will be a temporary condition as CPL processing becomes increasingly streamlined and integrated into normal business.

  8. Is MAP for internal staff use only? Or is there a front-facing student portion?
    ANSWER: MAP offers functionality for internal and student-facing use. The student-facing functionality provides a portal for students to search for CPL based on their military occupation and based on an analysis of their Joint Services Transcript (JST). Students can upload their JST in MAP and immediately see the college credits they qualify for at regional MAP-enabled colleges. The credits are specific and displayed with all the programs of study to which they can be applied.

  9. How does MAP facilitate outreach efforts?
    ANSWER: MAP also allows for outreach to regional military personnel. With a database of more than 40,000 regional veterans, MAP allows colleges to do outreach to students (offering specific credit in targeted college programs) based on military occupation and zip code. Moreover, MAP allows Veteran Certifying Officials and counselors to upload current student veteran JSTs into MAP for analysis of qualifying MilCPL. This also allows staff to see gaps and target courses for articulation creation.

    Example: A student’s JST is uploaded and analyzed but certain courses are not qualified for MilCPL because no Articulation Recommendations have yet been created. Staff notes that if they create more articulations, they can offer this veteran all the credit they qualify for. This is a key way to jump start articulation efforts. It works well because as soon as the articulations are implemented, they are applied to current students. The success stories that emerge from these efforts are inspiring to an institution’s students, staff, faculty, and community partners.

  10. What sort of support is available for MAP implementation and ongoing use?
    ANSWER: Basic tech and implementation support is available from the MAP Customer Success Manager(s) provided by the vendor ITPI. In addition, the MAP Team offers regular workshops and office hours to support implementing colleges. Seed funding allows for ongoing training, support, and professional development to all MAP 2022 Cohort members.

    A MAP Senior Evaluator will manage the creation of articulation recommendations based on CID and a common course numbering system. MAP encourages articulation recommendations (and local approved articulations) to be shared amongst Cohort members to consider for adoption. The future of MAP promises to improve the rate of creation of new articulations statewide.

    MAP also provides real-time online Chat support and technical support ticket creation where MAP agents are available 24/7. The chat and ticketing system can be accessed from within your institution’s MAP.

  11. What are the Veteran Friendly Standards and does the college need to complete them before they apply for the cohort?
    ANSWER: We ask all MAP-enabled colleges to support and work toward achieving the Veteran Friendly Standards, which are listed below. College may apply for the cohort before they achieve the standards provided they are working toward meeting the standards.

    We ask for support of the Veteran Friendly Standards to ensure that:
    1. MAP credits are not used primarily to gain a competitive advantage over other MAP-enabled colleges;
    2. There is broad support for MilCPL and CPL among all constituents (even if that support and understanding is in its infancy);
    3. All levels of the college or district support the goal of increasing equitable access to higher education and to improve completion and success for military students;
    4. For-profit institutions do not use MAP’s transparent functionality (ability to adopt articulations of other colleges) to unfair advantage;
    5. Local resources for veteran support services are prioritized.
    Veteran Friendly Standards:
    1. Statement of “Commitment to Maximize MilCPL” by Academic Senate, College, District, and Governing Board.
    2. Provide a “Center” where military-connected students can meet, socialize, study, or get academic help (most CCCs have a VRC).
    3. Agree to Principles of Excellence, 8 Keys to Veterans' Success (CCCs already uphold these).
    4. Reduce or Eliminate out-of-pocket tuition costs for Post-9/11 GI Bill users and, where needed, participate in the Yellow Ribbon program to help make up the difference between tuition costs and GI Bill benefits. At least 4 stars. (CCCs already do this).
    5. Charge at or below TA Cap Rate ($250 per unit for 2021) and keep Average Student Loan Default Rate under 13%. (CCCs already do this).
    6. Provide staff support for MilCPL and participate in the annual Military CPL Summit.
    7. Be regionally accredited (CCCs already are)
    8. Aspire to Best for Vets based on Military Times criteria
    9. Grant IT access to the MAP API Components (Incoming Data Pipelines, Data Source/Transformation, Data Loading/Mapping)
    10. Support professional development for veteran and military cultural competency on your campus such as VetNet Ally.

Student-Based FAQ

  1. What does MAP stand for and what are MAP credits?
    ANSWER: Military Articulation Platform. MAP credits refer to the transcriptable course and elective credits students receive based on the approved articulations stored in MAP. Students must opt in to receive MAP credits. To opt in, see your Counselor or Admissions and Records personnel or your Veterans’ Certifying Official.

    In early 2022, MAP 2022 Cohort colleges and students will have access to a self-service portal that will list all approved MAP credits available to students and the programs to which they may be applied. Students will be able to upload their Joint Services Transcript to obtain specific eligible credits and to make an appointment to meet with a college official to discuss options.

  2. Who is eligible for MAP credits?
    ANSWER: Armed forces personnel that include veterans, retired, active, and reservists.

  3. Does MAP cost students anything?
    ANSWER: No, MAP is free of cost to all students. While some colleges and universities charge students for military credit or credit for prior learning (CPL), the California Community Colleges do not charge a per-unit fee. Military students using military credit (MilCPL) should consult with their VRC counselor or veteran's certifying official to learn about how MilCPL can affect their military benefits.

  4. What does MOS, AFSC and RATING mean?
    ANSWER: MOS stands for Military Occupation Specialty and is utilized by the Army and Marines. AFSC stands for Air Force Specialty Code and is utilized by the Air Force. RATING refers to Enlisted Occupations and is utilized by the Navy and Coast Guard.

  5. Are the terms MOS, AFSC and RATING the same?
    ANSWER: Yes, they are all synonymous for military job occupation.

  6. How is credit for my military service awarded?
    ANSWER: Each MAP college has specific procedures for awarding military or other credit for prior learning. At most colleges students must either opt-in or petition for external credit or credit for prior learning or military credit. MAP colleges make a practice of offering military credit to students and making the process for awarding the credit as easy and automatic as possible.

    A good place to start is in Counseling, Admissions and Records, or the VRC. You may also find information in the college catalog in sections with titles and terms such as Combined External Credit, Credit for Extra-Institutional Learning, Military Credit, Credit by Examination, Advanced Placement, Credit for Prior Learning, Prior Learning Assessment, Credit by Examination.

  7. What is a JST or VMET?
    ANSWER: The Joint Services Transcript (JST) is an academically accepted document approved by the American Council on Education (ACE) to validate your military occupational experience. The Joint Services transcript also includes military course completions, descriptions of military occupations, and college level test scores.

    The VMET (Verification of Military Experience and Training), DD Form 2586, provides detailed descriptions and civilian equivalent job skills and training that service members acquired while in the military. You can use this document in conjunction with your DD Form 214, evaluation records, training certificates, awards, transcripts, and other documentation.

  8. How do I get a copy of my JST or VMET?
    ANSWER: To access your JST, visit the JST website.
    To access your VMET, go to milConnect and log on with your DoD CAC or DS Logon.

  9. How do I begin this process for MAP if I decide to opt-in?
    ANSWER: Your first point of contact will be a Veterans Services Specialist or a counselor who specializes in awarding Credit for Prior Learning. Another good place to start is in Admissions and Records.

  10. What is the mission of MAP?
    ANSWER: Increase equitable access and completion by making it normal and expected for all military students to receive all the credit they deserve so they can achieve all their educational goals with existing GI Bill benefits.

  11. What is the outcome of MAP?
    ANSWER: California Community Colleges honor ACE credit recommendations by evaluating their courses for potential articulations and awarding all possible credit to eligible military students. Depending on your college policies and the level and length of military service, students may receive up to 30 units of credit for their military service—saving one year of study and military benefits.

  12. Do I have to use my benefits (G.I. Bill) to qualify for MAP?
    ANSWER: No, you may opt-in for MAP credits whether you are utilizing benefits or not.

  13. What is the maximum external credit that I can be granted?
    ANSWER: The maximum credits vary at each college or district, but many colleges allow up to 30 units of combined external credit. External credits are those that are granted for credit for prior learning and include military credit, industry certifications/credentials, exams (AP, CLEP, etc.), standardized assessments, and review of work experience. To find the maximum credits your college allows, look in the college catalog for titles and terms such as Combined External Credit, Credit for Extra-Institutional Learning, Military Credit, Credit by Examination, Advanced Placement, Credit for Prior Learning, Prior Learning Assessment, Credit by Examination.

  14. What is Maximum Timeframe?
    ANSWER: Maximum Timeframe is defined as reaching 150% of attempted units in the published program of your choice.

  15. Will using MAP impact my Financial Aid, Maximum Timeframe?
    ANSWER: Yes, once a student has reached a certain number of units (90 Units for most Associate Degrees/60 Units for most Certificates), the Financial Aid department will receive a notification. If this prompt occurs because the student has received various units from MAP, you can always submit a Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) appeal if the Financial Aid office permits.

  16. Is there an appeal for Maximum Timeframe?
    ANSWER: Yes, students can submit a Satisfactory Academic Progress appeal stating the circumstance of why they received Maximum Timeframe if the Financial Aid office permits.

  17. Will using MAP impact my benefits like Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)?
    ANSWER: Yes, to receive a full-time BAH, a student must be enrolled full-time. If a student is awarded various units for their military occupation, the student may not be eligible to enroll into full time status due to their limited course options. If this occurs, please contact your VA counselor to discuss options for you to continue to be in full time status.

  18. What is considered full time?
    ANSWER: 12 units in each regular term (Spring & Fall). Summer & Winter are optional and not required to attain full-time status.

Credit for Prior Learning

  • What is Credit for Prior Learning or CPL?
    • Credit for Prior Learning or CPL is credit awarded for skills and knowledge gained outside of a traditional classroom. Many of our students come to us with years of life, work, and military training and experience. You can save time and money as you pursue your degree by earning credit for prior learning.

  • How do I get started? 
    • To begin the Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) process, you should first review the CPL website to learn as much as possible about the different CPL methods and which might apply to you.

  • How much credit am I allowed to earn through CPL?
    • A maximum of 30 units may be granted in total from one or more of the following: CLEP, military training, AP, IB, or Credit for Extra Institutional Learning, which may include student-created portfolios, industry credentials and experience, to be determined by faculty in the district-wide discipline.
    • In order to receive an A.A./A.S. degree, a student must complete 12 units in residence at one of the colleges within the Riverside Community College District. 
    • 50% of the coursework for any certificate pattern must be completed at any of the colleges within Riverside Community College District, with 1 course completed from the college awarding the certificate. A grade of “C” or better is required for each course.

  • How can CPL help me? 
    • CPL can help you save time and money on your educational path. Students can now get credit for a course instead of just waiving a prerequisite.

  • How do I demonstrate that I have prior learning?
    • ​​Each CPL eligible course will have different methods of assessment. These methods include:
    • ​Military Transcript
    • ​Credit by Exam
    • ​Portfolio Review
    • ​Industry Certification/Accreditation or License
    • ​​AP, IB, CLEP

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