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Munoz eases process for obtaining college credit for military courses

munoz vets 042116SPRINGFIELD – When Jauwan Hall, a former Marine, transferred to the University of Illinois at Chicago from Kennedy-King College he was unaware that the same military courses wouldn’t be counted toward his degree, and he would have to retake the classes.

“There was no mechanism in place to designate those courses as UIC courses so there’s no mechanism that tells people in the registrar’s office that this course is equivalent to this course,” Hall said. “There were people at the university who were aware of the issue and were trying to work with the university to implement something university-wide.”

“But after having some conversations with administrators and other students it made sense to try to get something done legislatively because this is an issue that could be affecting veterans at a bunch of different state universities.”

State Senator Antonio “Tony” Munoz (D-Chicago) proposed legislation approved by the Senate today that requires the state’s public universities and community colleges to develop a policy for awarding college credit for military courses.

“There should be a clear policy for accepting military courses into our university system,” said Munoz, an Army veteran. “Veterans should not be shortchanged on the education they received while serving our country.”

Schools would use the Joint Services Transcript, a synchronized transcript presenting data for the United States Army, Marine Corp, Navy and Coast Guard, to determine areas where college credit is applicable and interpret the number of hours the institution would credit.

Senate Bill 2960 will now head to the House for consideration.

Sen. Antonio Munoz


1st District
Assistant Majority Leader

Years served: 1999 - Present

Committee assignments: Assignments;  Executive Appointments (Chairperson); Executive; Insurance; Veterans Affairs; Energy and Public Utilities.

Biography: Born Feb. 18, 1964, in Chicago; served in U.S. Army with the 82nd Airborne Division; City of Chicago-Mayor's License Commission, Local Liquor Control Section (1990); Dept. of Aviation; Mayor's Office of Budget & Management; member of Fraternal Order of Police; married (wife, Patricia), has three children.

Associated Representatives:
Theresa Mah
Aaron M. Ortiz