The American Council on Education (ACE) - The Sole Developer For GED Test

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The American Council on Education (ACE) is the only higher education organization that represents presidents and chancellors of all types of U.S. accredited, degree-granting institutions: community colleges and four-year institutions, private and public universities, and nonprofit and for-profit colleges. This cross-sector membership enables ACE to serve as higher education’s unifying voice.

Serving Those Who Serve:

Higher Education and America’s Veterans is a multiyear initiative that provides grants to veteran-friendly institutions, original research, informed practice publications, and an online resource for veterans seeking to become students. Working closely with the United States Agency for International Development and the nation’s six presidential higher education associations, Higher Education for Development supports collaboration among overseas and U.S. higher education institutions.

GED Testing Service, a program of the American Council on Education, develops, delivers and safeguards the GED Tests. The American Council on Education is the sole developer for the GED test. The test is always taken in person and never available online. Jurisdictions award a "Certificate of General Educational Development" or similarly titled credential to persons who meet the passing score requirements.

Membership in ACE is open to accredited, degree-granting colleges and universities and higher education associations within the United States. In most cases, the executives of these institutions represent their campuses in ACE activities.

Since 1918, ACE has provided leadership and a unified voice on key higher education issues. Through advocacy, research, and innovative programs, ACE represents and addresses the needs of more than 1,800 campus executives, as well as the leaders of higher education–related associations, organizations, and corporations. Together, ACE member institutions serve 80 percent of today’s college students. ACE speaks as higher education’s voice and advocate in matters of public policy in Washington, DC, and throughout the nation, and provides vital programs, information, and a forum for dialog on key issues confronting higher education.

For a unifying voice in the diverse higher education community, ACE embraces four distinct roles:

These broad roles are supplemented by five areas of focus that provide direction for ACE’s work:

Together, these principles have led ACE to set five strategic priorities for 2010 that drive our daily agenda:

ACE Military Programs through the review of military training and experiences for the award of equivalent college credits

Since 1945, the American Council on Education (ACE) has provided a collaborative link between the U. S. Department of Defense and higher education through the review of military training and experiences for the award of equivalent college credits for members of the Armed Forces. American Council on Education (ACE) works in cooperation with DoD and the various Service branches to evaluate military training, course work and occupational experience. ACE provides a review, by the civilian education community, of the courses, programs, occupational experiences offered by the Services. Registrars, admissions officers, academic advisors, career counselors, and DoD Voluntary Education Programs for military personnel have a basis for recognizing military educational experiences in terms of civilian academic credit through the Military Guide Online.

Military Evaluations Program

The Military Evaluations Program provides for the evaluation of Service School courses; selected, enlisted, warrant officer and limited duty officer occupations; Navy enlisted classifications; Department of Defense courses; National Guard and Reserve courses; plus Coast Guard courses. Also institutionalize the requirement for ACE evaluations for classroom training and distance learning.

Thousands of Service members can earn college credit for their military training and occupation through evaluations conducted by the American Council on Education (ACE). These credits can be applied to a college degree or a vocational certificate that can lead to career and educational advancement. The department provides guidance to service members, civilians, military education centers, and colleges and universities interpreting military transcripts and documents.

Military Installation Voluntary Education Review (MIVER)

Military Installation Voluntary Education Review (MIVER) is a project sponsored by the Department of Defense and the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps to assess the quality of voluntary education programs at selected military installations and to assist in the improvement of voluntary education programs through appropriate recommendations to institutions, installations, and the military services. The MIVER Project has two purposes: (1) to assess the quality of selected on-base voluntary education programs, and (2) to assist in the improvement of such education through appropriate recommendations to institutions, installations and the military services.

The American Council on Education (ACE) established the MIVER Project Office in its Center for Adult Learning and Educational Credentials. The MIVER staff consists of a MIVER Administrator/Director and a Coordinator. A DANTES Program Manager serves as the Contracting Officer's Representative (COR). The military services choose the installations that they want visited during each fiscal year and provide that information to the COR who compiles a consolidated list of installations for inclusion in the annual Statement of Work for the MIVER project.

The MIVER program provides for a third-party review of the total voluntary education program provided on a military installation. These on-site reviews are conducted to ensure quality programs are being provided to all Service members. The MIVER Administrator selects site team visitors from a central pool of highly qualified education professionals. The team then conducts a review according to the policies and procedures established by the MIVER Governing Board (comprised of representatives of the Secretary of Defense, all the military services, the accrediting community, institutions providing programs on military bases, and previous team chairs). The MIVER Administrator accompanies each team and serves as a team visitor (ex officio). More details about Military Installation Voluntary Education Review Programs & Services:

The American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT)

ACE is also responsible for actively assisting colleges and universities and other appropriate agencies in understanding and using the credit recommendations and evaluations. For decades, colleges and universities have trusted ACE to provide reliable course equivalency information to facilitate credit award decisions. Participating organizations include corporations, professional and volunteer associations, schools, training suppliers, labor unions and government agencies, with courses from Arabic to Waste Management. College registrars, admissions officers, military education personnel, veterans and other academic personnel may contact the ACE Advisory Service for assistance. More details about The American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT):

Subject Matter Expert Reviews

The American Council on Education (ACE) conducts evaluations by arranging for faculty subject matter experts to evaluate service school courses, military training and learning experiences occurring within the military Services to determine the comparability of those academic courses and experiences with those in the civilian education community.

More details about ACE Military Course and Occupation Evaluations Procedures for On-site Reviews (last edition 2009), Visit:

American Council on Education (ACE) Website:
ACE Military Guide:

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