Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) convened their first statewide Military Credit Review faculty panel on October 18, 2019 at Jackson State University to review training and education completed by 31B Military Police Soldiers from E1-E7 and establish bridging programs in relevant degree programs. Sixteen institutions from across the state sent more than 90 representatives to collaborate and review Army Programs of Instruction for relevant learning outcomes and provide course equivalencies for Soldiers.
The event was coordinated by Dr. Casey Prestwood, Assistant Commissioner for Policy and Strategic Initiatives for IHL, to address critical Law Enforcement occupation shortages in Mississippi and to encourage Service members and veterans to achieve their educational goals in Mississippi. The next step for colleges and universities is to seek institutional approval for course equivalencies identified in the Military Police (MOS 31B) Military Credit Review. After approval, these agreements will be posted to the Mississippi Articulation and Transfer Tool to inform Service members and veterans http://matttransfertool.com/about/default.aspx.
In addition to the 16 universities and community colleges in attendance, the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, Office of Law Enforcement Standards and Training director, Mr. Robert Davis, attended to review 31B Military Police training and education and compare it to the current Mississippi Law Enforcement required training to explore developing a bridging program for Mississippi.