A new policy at Cameron University allowing students to get academic credit for courses completed in military service is new only on paper, and CU employees on the "nice list" can expect a little extra something in their stockings before Christmas.
The University of Oklahoma, Cameron University and Rogers State University Board of Regents approved a policy that will award academic credit for certain military training courses during its regular meeting Thursday afternoon in Norman.
The change brings CU in line with a state law requiring all Oklahoma colleges and universities to come up with a policy on the issue before Jan. 1, 2013.
The guidelines for awarding credit are based on the "Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services," published by the American Council on Education.
The policy is a response to recent state legislation requiring Oklahoma universities and colleges to codify their practices on the issue, said CU Provost John McArthur.
"We have been doing this at Cameron for decades," McArthur said.
He said Cameron started following ACE guidelines for awarding academic credits in 1972.
Students honorably discharged from military service within three years of their enrollment at the school may be entitled to academic credit for some of their military training.