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Colleges Consortium (SOC), established in 1972, is a consortium of national higher education associations with more than 1,700 institutional members. SOC Consortium institutional members subscribe to principles and criteria ensuring that quality academic programs are available to military students, their family members, civilian employees of the Department of Defense (DoD) and Coast Guard, as well as veterans. A list of current SOC Consortium member institutions can be found on the SOC website at soc.aascu.org.
The SOC Degree Network System (DNS) consists of a selection of SOC Consortium member institutions chosen by the military services to deliver specific associate's and bachelor's degree programs to servicemembers and their families. Institutional members of the SOC DNS agree to requirements and obligations providing military students, their spouses and college-age children with opportunities to complete college degrees without suffering loss of academic credit due to changes of duty station.
SOC operates the 2- and 4-year Degree Network System for the Army (SOCAD), Navy (SOCNAV), Marine Corps (SOCMAR), and Coast Guard (SOCCOAST). Refer to the SOC Degree Network System-2 and -4 Handbooks to view Associate and Bachelor's degree programs, location offerings, and college information. An electronic version of the handbook is posted on the SOC website, soc.aascu.org, on the SOCAD, SOCNAV, SOCMAR, and SOCCOAST home pages.