4 Ways DANTES takes the Frustration out of Military Education

Each year, DANTES partners with the military Services, education providers, and academic institutions to deliver programs that help Service members like you achieve their education goals.

For more than 40 years, this partnership has enabled the voluntary education community to provide military students with programs that ensure college readiness, facilitate academic success, and support transition. Throughout FY16, DANTES continued its commitment to integrity, innovation and supporting Service members by conducting pilot projects and introducing new initiatives to improve student access to programs. Here’s a snapshot of FY16 program highlights:

Exams: Improving Preparation & Access

  • Credit by Examinations continues to remain one of the most popular DANTES-sponsored programs. To help Service members better prepare for CLEP exams, DANTES partnered with College Board to offer free CLEP eGuides to Service members. Now, every Service member has instant access to CLEP study guides when they register to take an exam. See https://clep.collegeboard.org/earn-college-credit/military-benefits
  • During the spring, DANTES partnered with Prometric to offer a “second chance” for Service members to obtain college credit when taking and passing DSST exams. For those who did not receive a passing score on their first attempt, they received an email with a voucher code for a FREE retake of the exam. By temporarily eliminating student costs, this initiative increased DSST testing volumes by nearly 20 percent. Visit http://getcollegecredit.com/test_takers for more information.
  • The Examinations program staff worked with testing agencies to stand up International Test Centers worldwide. This effort increased Service members’ access to academic exams in remote locations by adding more than 700 test centers where members can take exams around the world. Find a test center near you: http://getcollegecredit.com/institutions/search
  • DANTES automated the exam reimbursement process, making it easier and faster for members to apply online and receive repayment for select exams. While Service members can still take paper-based ACT and SAT exams at DANTES test sites, they are now eligible to be reimbursed for ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT, GED and PRAXIS exams at national test centers. For details, go to http://www.dantes.doded.mil/examinations/funding-and-reimbursement-eligibility/reimbursement-eligibility.html#sthash.QiFkOfBK.dpbs

Pilot Programs for Student Success

  • During FY16, the Department of Defense (DoD) Voluntary Education (VolEd) Program launched a DANTES-sponsored pilot program with Tutor.com to provide Service members with FREE online tutoring services. The goal of the pilot program is to assist Service members with reaching their professional development and educational goals by providing on-demand, 24/7, tutoring support. The program continues to grow each month and more Service members are getting help completing coursework, http://military.tutor.com/home
  • The Military Evaluation program has a long history of generating American Council on  Education (ACE) evaluated college credit recommendations for military training and occupational experiences. DANTES, ACE and the Army collaborated to develop a pilot program that incorporated classified course reviews. This strategic initiative will enable Service members to receive potential college credit for classified training  completed, which may reduce the amount of time and money needed to meet college degree requirements. Visit http://www.acenet.edu/higher-education/Pages/Military-Students-and-Veterans.aspx for details.
  • In November 2015 and August 2016, DANTES-sponsored two pilot DoD Virtual Education Fairs. More than 70 schools, 11 government agencies, and over 2,300 registrants were connected in an online platform with live virtual chat capability.

 Strengthening Academic Institutional Partnerships

  • DoD’s Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) team implemented a new suite of tools to assist partner institutions with adherence to Presidential Executive Order 13607. Among these initiatives was the introduction of a new tool that allows institutions to submit program-level detail and annual reporting requirements for DoD Tuition Assistance (TA) eligible programs and associated tuition rates and fees into the MOU application system. These efforts are part of the Department’s plans to enhance educational programs offered to Service members and ensure student access to meaningful tools that enable informed choices on education programs. See https://www.dodmou.com/ for more information.
  • Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC), DoD and the military Services partnered to develop and launch the Career and Technical Education (CTE) program. The CTE program serves as a pathway to help members transition from a military career into the civilian labor market. It operates with a career focus in specific areas that reflect the needs of the military, offer bright employment outlooks for members after military service, and meet certain DoD-established criteria to ensure quality education opportunities for members. http://www.soc.aascu.org/career-and-technical-education is the place to go for more details.

Supporting the VolEd Community

  • The DANTES Education Services Advisory Group (DESAG) was reestablished to continually promote communication with the voluntary education community. This group represents all Services and offers their specific perspective of voluntary education services and programs to DANTES; in turn, they pass information about these programs on to their education service teams supporting military members.
  • The DESAG reviewed and streamlined educational publications offered through DANTES. As a result, DANTES implemented an improved online ordering process and distributed 322K items to 400+ education support locations worldwide.
  • To improve outreach to the voluntary education community, DANTES established its Communications Division. Tasked with leading synchronized publicity and outreach campaigns about DANTES-sponsored programs, the new Division redesigned the format and increased monthly viewers of the DANTES newsletter (DIB), doubled Facebook followers and engagement, executed outreach campaigns for strategic priorities, and increased monthly website traffic more than 20 percent. If you have questions, contact us at dantes_outreach@navy.mil
  • Throughout the year, a top-to-bottom review of the Troops to Teachers program resulted in a roadmap for future success for transitioning Service members and veterans. This year, the program increased the number of new teacher job placements by 24 percent. Check out the newly updated TTT website at www.proudtoserveagain.com

If you are looking for quick, up-to-date program information, you can find it on DANTES Social Media: 

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Taheesha Quarells

Taheesha Quarells

Education Project Manager at DANTES
Taheesha Quarells is a U.S. Army veteran with more than 15 years of experience in expanding academic and career development opportunities for military members and veterans. With experience as both an active duty military and veteran student while completing her bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees, she enjoys sharing her love of learning with others.