A1. This program is designed to help Air Force civilians reach their full leadership potential by providing a little to no-cost Associate of Applied Science Degree in Air Force Leadership and Management Studies. Graduates of the program will gain the following competencies:
A2. This 60 credit hour program is designed to be completed in a fully online format in approximately 2.75 years: 9 months for orientation and general education requirements, and two years for AU program major classes plus any remaining general education and elective requirements.
Students will complete program major requirements by completing:
• 30 credit hours of program major courses (10 classes) taught online through Air University
• 30 credit hours of general education/elective coursework (completed independently by students)
The program major courses for the degree works in a lock-step format. All students in each entrance year take the same classes together during the same term. These ten required classes cannot be transferred in and must be taken online from AU. A typical AU course consists of:
• Two 1.5 hr webinars each week. Upon selection, students select one of three webinar (online class) times,
• Two hours of discussion boards,
• Three hours of assigned readings weekly,
• Two hours of a work-centered learning lab (will not take time away from your primary duties), and
• Two hours of class projects.
To complete the 30 credit hours of general education/elective courses, students will study and test on their own time, either during the last six months of the 9 month prep phase or at the same time they are completing program major courses with AU faculty. Students will be provided guidance on applying for AF civTA and accessing AF-provided study resources once in the program. To complete General Education and elective requirements, CADP students can use AF civ TA in two ways:
• The Air Force will pay for one attempt at a CLEP/DSST test for each of the general education/elective course requirements. If the student does not pass on the first attempt, the student may be responsible for funding additional attempts of the same CLEP/DSST test.
• Alternatively, students may elect to take a course from a local or online university and transfer those credits into the program. AF civTA is available for this. CADP students receive 100% civTA for general education and elective requirements. However, students are responsible for all other fees, including but not limited to books, registration fees, and transportation.
Some other key items to know about this program:
• Unlike a civilian institution, students are expected to continually attend every term until graduation is achieved.
• While it is hoped that students will receive limited duty time (approximately 3 hrs per week) to attend webinars, this program can be completed entirely off-duty.
• Students must arrange to receive 10-15 minutes per week of mentoring from their supervisor (or other identified mentor) to help solidify the classroom learning and apply it to his/her individual career field
• Because AU courses are offered only once a year and cannot be transferred in, the earliest a student can graduate is 2.75 years after program entrance.
A3. Yes. This program has received regional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The degree will have the school name “Air University.”
A4. E-learning, or online learning, means that you participate in the course in a virtual setting. This program is designed to be completed entirely online by interacting with faculty and peers through remote computer access. You will never have a need to go TDY or attend class in a formal classroom setting as a result of this program. You will find that you can complete many of your readings and assignments at the library after duty hours, or at home if you prefer. This format gives individuals the opportunity to learn at the time that best fits their hectic schedule.
• Have 10-15 hours a week of off-duty time available in their daily schedule to devote to CADP – to read assigned textbooks, complete assignments, write papers, and attend courses.
• Are comfortable with computers and interacting in an online environment.
• Communicate routinely with their academic advisor and their faculty and are comfortable doing so via email, phone, or online chat.
• Are proactive in attending class, turning in assignments on time, and keeping up with assigned readings.
• Take initiative to keep themselves on schedule. General education and elective requirements are done by the student individually, not in a CADP class. While there is no requirement for students to have any general education or elective credits to transfer into the program, some students with three or more semester hours of general education transfer credit work find the work load a bit easier, since they have less to accomplish in the two year period.
A6. Employees must have, as of the application deadline:
A full-time permanent appropriated fund Air Force civilian in all grade levels
Two years federal civil service by the application deadline
An acceptable rating on most recent performance appraisal
High school diploma, GED or equivalent
No post-secondary degree from a regionally accredited 2 or 4-year college or university; however, you may have some college credit
A signed Learning Agreement. Supervisor’s signature on the learning agreement represents supervisor’s:
1) Approval to apply
2) Agreement to provide mentoring throughout the program
3) Assistance in gaining access to a government computer for webinar attendance and coursework completion, and
4) Support to take 3 hours per week of online classes during duty hours. NOTE: If mission requirements are such that the supervisor cannot authorize 3 hours a week of duty time for the webinars, this should not prevent civilians from applying. Arrangements can be made to have student attend online classes either early morning, early evening, or possibly during their lunch hour, as best fits the scheduling requirements of the student’s office/unit.
Local Union Impact and Implementation (I & I) bargaining must have been completed no later than the application deadline for bargaining unit employees to be considered
If you are not sure you have the time to devote continuously for two years or if you are unsure of your readiness for college, beginning basic general education requirements at a local college may be the better choice initially. (These include a freshman or sophomore-level English, Public Speaking, Math, American Government, Humanities, Social Science, and Computer courses. Please know that preparatory or remedial classes will not transfer into CADP.) With this experience, civilians may be in a better position to decide whether college and the CADP program specifically is right for them. Basic General Education classes can be transferred into CADP, requiring a bit less of a time commitment for students once accepted into CADP.
Some AF civilians may alternately wish to take advantage of AF civTA with a local or online university to achieve their degree. Although CADP accepts all qualified applicants selected by AFPC, this program has been designed primarily for students with only a few general education requirements completed. AF civilians who currently possess a large number of college credits should spend time exploring whether attending a civilian university would allow them to achieve their degree sooner. CADP currently offers each class only once a year. Ten of the required classes cannot be transferred in and must be taken from AU. As a result, the shortest amount of time in which students can graduate is approximately 2.75 years (9 months for orientation and general education fulfillment, and two years for AU program major classes).
A8. Enlisted members already have access to an Associate Degree program through the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) and officers already possess an undergraduate degree when they are commissioned. This program has been designed to fill a gap in Air Force civilian professional development. The program teaches the same leadership and management concepts to civilians that military members already receive through their various commissioning education and professional military education (PME) courses. Consequently, military members are not the target population for this program and are ineligible to apply.
A10. The selection for the initial class will be 90 enrollees.
A11. Applications must be submitted through the myPers website under Force Development. The application consists of:
1) Applicant Worksheet,
2) AF Form 4059, Air Force-Wide Civilian Competitive Development Nomination Form,
4) Learning Agreement signed by the employee and the supervisor. Forms can be found at: myPers under the Force Development, https://gum-crm.csd.disa.mil/app/account/profile
A13. Selectees are expected to be announced no later than November each year. Notification to the selectee will come from AFPC through official channels. CADP will contact selectees to begin registration process once selectee list has been formally announced by AFPC on myPers.
a) Within a few day, receive a welcome letter from CADP outlining the registration and orientation process
b) Receive notice from AFPC to sign a Continued Service Agreement (CSA) acknowledging a one-year service commitment for attending this program.
c) Attend a CADP orientation course, which covers program policy and procedures, academic advising, and any questions you may have (occurs during the Dec – Jan time frame)
d) Be directed during the orientation course to submit official verification of the information you provided on the applicant worksheet, which may include: official high school transcripts or equivalency test scores, and any college transcripts you may have
• A computer with reliable, quick internet access and up-to-date web browsers, such as Chrome and Edge
• Access to Microsoft Word & PowerPoint
• Ability to open/read pdf documents on their computer
• CAC access at times, especially during initial set up of accounts
• May need a headset to participate in online interactive sessions as well as watching videos without disrupting coworkers
• Access to a back-up computer – at home, the base library, AFRC, or other location – in the event that their primary computer has connectivity issues
Students must ensure they have reliable, consistent computer access after duty hours, either at work or at home, to complete assignments.
A19. Each student will be required to complete a Continued Service Agreement (CSA) when they are formally accepted into the program. As part of the CSA, the student agrees to remain an Air Force civilian employee for one year after the conclusion of the program, in return for receiving the training that this program provides. This agreement can travel with you if you move to another federal agency. This is a standard requirement for all federal civilian training lasting longer than a predetermined time period. Please see AFI 36-401, as well as the additional guidance on CSAs that can be found on www.opm.gov, for additional information.
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