Sports Academy joins air university on associate-to-bachelor program

Posted 7/20/07

DAPHNE — The United States Sports Academy has been approved to participate in the Air University Associate-to-Baccalaureate Cooperative program, which will allow United States Air Force airmen to turn an associate’s degree from the Community …

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Sports Academy joins air university on associate-to-bachelor program

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DAPHNE — The United States Sports Academy has been approved to participate in the Air University Associate-to-Baccalaureate Cooperative program, which will allow United States Air Force airmen to turn an associate’s degree from the Community College of the Air Force into a bachelor’s degree from the Academy.

Air Force airmen can visit the Air Force Virtual Education Center portal at https://www.my.af.mil/ to register.

Students may use their Common Access Cards for identification and to access the ABC program on the Air Force Portal. Also, the academy set up a link at www.ussa.edu/partners/airuniversity.asp by which students may register for classes.

“The vision of the Air Force is to provide distance learning and bachelor’s degree opportunities for airmen, and the AU-ABC program aligns with this Air Force vision,” said Bettie Varnado, CCAF chief of media and distance learning. “It also meets AU’s near-term goal of providing enhanced educational opportunities for our enlisted force.”

The Air Force Portal acts as the gateway to the AU-ABC program, which allows students to do everything online.

“Once in the portal students can then open a program and view a degree plan that shows the required credits for the program, the CCAF credit transfer and the remaining credits needed to complete their degree,” added Varnado. “Those utilizing AU-ABC can do all academic administrative functions online, to include virtual counseling and applying for tuition assistance.”

The academy’s Bachelor of Sports Science degrees in sports coaching, sports management and sports studies are available entirely online. Courses can be taken at any time and from any place in the world. The academy has a Web page dedicated to military financial aid at http://www.ussa.edu/military_finaid.asp and academy admissions counselors are trained on the latest military financial aid offerings.

To participate in the AU-ABC program, registrants must be on active duty in the Air Force, Air Force Reserve or Air National Guard. However, degree requirements can be completed after a member retires or separates from the service.

As part of this partnership, the academy will automatically accept credits earned by airmen with a CCAF degree and apply them to a bachelor’s degree. There are currently 60,000 CCAF graduates across the Air Force qualified to apply for the ABC program.

The academy has bachelor’s degree completion articulation agreements with over 30 junior and community colleges including Pensacola Junior College, Jefferson Davis Community College, City College of San Francisco, Columbus State Community College and Eastern Iowa Community College.

Articulation agreements allow students the opportunity to complete their general education class work at junior or community colleges and then enroll at the United States Sports Academy with the guarantee that their two-year college general education courses will be credited toward a bachelor’s degree.

The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special-mission sports university.

For more information about the United States Sports Academy, call 626-3303 or visit the academy’s Web site www.ussa.edu.

(Submitted by Mark Stevens)