Q: What is Army University?
A: Army University is a multiyear organizational effort that will align most of the Army’s military education programs under a unified academic structure.
Q: What prompted the creation/transition to the Army University?
A: The complex challenges defined in the Army Operating Concept require a more flexible professional military education process still focused on educating adaptive leaders. The Army’s current education enterprise and associated management systems have remained largely unchanged for two decades. As such, streamlining our academic governance will facilitate broader accreditation of educational programs; expand credentialing, certification, and licensing; and promote rapid circulation of best practices across the Total Army.
Q: Why didn’t the current structure meet the Army’s needs?
A: Army leaders felt it was necessary to create Army University to best meet the change requirements of its Soldiers and Civilians. The Army’s professional education system has not changed in decades. Army University will provide an education governance structure that will better educate Soldiers and Civilians in the future.
Q: How will Army University change Army education?
A: By having all Army education programs under one governance structure, the Army will be able to more rapidly infuse cutting-edge innovative learning best-practices into Army curriculum; adjust that curriculum as necessary based on emerging threats, changing doctrine, and developing TTPs in the operating environment; and better facilitate the development of world class faculty in all Army schools who are able to improve their students’ ability to develop and apply critical thinking skills to the increasingly complex challenges they face within the operating environment.
Q: How long will it take before the Army University is fully operational/developed?
A: The Army University will become fully operational in November 2017. Over the next two years, 2015 until 2017, the Army University will establish its initial operating capacity by changing its structure.
Q: Will there be an opening ceremony for Army University?
A: Army University will hold events as the university matures through its lifecycle milestones. The US Army Training and Doctrine Command will announce events when confirmed.
Q: When will the Army’s many education organizations change their names?
A: There will not be widespread name changes for many of the organizations inside of the Army’s education enterprise. Army University principally aligns leadership titles and responsibilities within the existing educational enterprise with those equivalent titles and responsibilities in use at public and private universities.
Q: Will a new building(s) be erected as a result of the Army University?
A: There will be no need for new buildings as Army University develops.
Q: What’s the difference between Command and General Staff College and the Army University?
A: The Command and General Staff College is but one of the many Army schools, colleges, academies, centers, etc. that will fall under the rubric of the ArmyU governance umbrella (similar to colleges and schools that fall under civilian university’s governance structures). While CGSC is a physical school that accepts and teaches students, ArmyU is a governance structure that facilitates the improvement of education and learning throughout the Army.
Q: Will any existing schools move to Fort Leavenworth?
A: No, there are no programmed schools moving as a result of implementation of the Army University construct.
Q: Will the Warrant Officer Career College move to Fort Leavenworth?
A: An independent Chief of Staff of the Army initiative was established to explore the cost and benefits of relocating the Warrant Officer Career College to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Any moves directed as part of that initiative are not directed as a result of realizing the Army University construct.
Q: Will Soldiers receive credit/degrees for Army education that will be accepted at other universities?
A: ArmyU is exploring opportunities to increase its partnership programs with civilian colleges and universities as well as accrediting agencies and other academic organizations in order to increase their recognition of Army schools Soldiers attend and Soldiers’ experiences that may be eligible for academic credit. This is an ongoing and long-term effort that will build off existing Army credentialing and ACE (American Council on Education) type efforts that already recognize, recommend, and award Soldiers credit for their Army schools and service.
Q: What universities have you or will you partner with?
A: More than 90 colleges and universities already have Memorandums of Agreement/Understanding with Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) schools that establish some form of educational partnerships. 1,006 host and non-host university programs are already affiliated with the Army ROTC programs. Approximately 2,500 universities have Memorandums of Agreement or Memorandums of Understanding creating affiliations that support the Army tuition assistance program. These partnership opportunities will increase as Army University develops.
Q: How does the Army War College fit into Army University?
A: The Army War College will continue to receive guidance directly from the Chief of Staff of the Army. The Army War College will not reorganize under the direct authority of TRADOC as part of Army University. The Army War College Commandant will receive the additional title from Army University of Vice Chancellor for Strategic Education.
Q: What about the other schools/academies in the Army that don’t already fall under TRADOC?
A: In the near term, there does not exist a plan to align every school/academy in the Army under Army University. The immediate intent is to unify the educational enterprise without degrading the already existing capability. TRADOC will lead these most recent changes to the Army’s education enterprise.
Q: Who decides how funds are allocated between programs/schools?
A: The Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) will retain resourcing decisions for the Army University. Exact costs to fully implement Army University are being analyzed. The current Army budget provides sufficient funds to begin to realize the concept.