Air University eSchool of Graduate PME, Maxwell AFB, AL
/ Published December 14, 2016
General Program Description
The curriculum consists of eight self-paced courses and four applied courses to be completed in the following order: Orientation and Introduction (ORIN), Leadership and Command (LC), Applied Leadership and Command (ALC), National Security (NS), Applied National Security (ANS), Warfare Studies (WS), Airpower Studies (AP), Applied Warfare (AW), Joint Forces (JF), Joint Planning (JP), Joint Air Operations (JA), and Applied Joint Warfare (AJW).
The ACSC DL 6.0 program is a totally online curriculum administered through a learning management system, where students have the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of course concepts and critical thinking through online, peer-to-peer interaction and collaboration.
IAW AFI 36-2301, the following military, civilian, and international applicants are eligible to enroll in the ACSC Nonresident Studies Program:
Military: O-4 selects and above on active duty, non-extended active duty, Air Force Reserve or Air National Guard; sister-service active duty, Guard, and Reserve O-4s and above; and Civil Air Patrol.
Civilian:Federal civil service employees in the grade of GS-12, GS-13 or NAF Employees 4/5, with a bachelor's degree.
International:International Applicants for nonresident ACSC must be O-4 major-select or higher, or equivalent grade civilian employees of the military department of a country or international organization assigned to a DOD billet. International Officers must enroll through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) training sponsorship program and have an acceptable Test of English as a Foreign Language score.
You will be enrolled in ACSC upon verification of your identity in the Air University Student Information System (AUSIS). You will remain enrolled through completion, provided you stay in good standing. If you ever need to verify your standing, please contact us.
Contrary to the former 5.2 program, students are not automatically enrolled in courses. Students are given the freedom to enroll in courses based upon their personal and professional schedules. Also differing from previous version, each self-paced course has a four-month completion expiration date from date of student enrollment. Students not completing within the four-month window will be given the grade of "Unsatisfactory" and are required to re-enroll the course. The four applied courses require students to sign up at least 2-weeks prior to class start date. Students must schedule their time wisely and not let the scheduling of an applied course delay their progress through the program.
After registering for a course, students are granted access to the Blackboard® Learning Management System where their courses are stored. There they will find a list of the materials needed to complete each course in electronic format: online articles, reading extracts, video presentations, digital workbooks, etc. In addition to housing courseware, Blackboard® serves as the collaborative-learning tool supporting asynchronous discussion forums, as well as schedules, syllabi, and other related materials.
Joint PME Phase I Credit
All ACSC graduates receive joint professional military education (JPME) phase I credit. Phase I emphasizes the fundamentals needed for a sound basis in joint operations and provides a foundation for follow-on study for phase II education. Current JPME objectives for intermediate-level joint learning are listed in the Appendix to this Guide.
IDE CreditAll Air Force officers earn Intermediate Developmental Education (IDE) credit upon completion. If you are a USN, USA, or USMC student, you will need to contact your service PME office to ensure you receive Intermediate Service School credit for successfully completing ACSC's nonresident program.
The American Council on Education (ACE) recommends approximately 21 graduate credit hours be awarded for completing ACSC. The final decision on how many hours you will receive rests with the school to which you have applied.
Air Reserve Personnel Center (ARPC) determines ANG and USAFR retirement credit points.
AIR COMMAND & STAFF COLLEGE (ACSC) AIR RESERVE COMPONENT SEMINAR (ARCS)
Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve majors have the opportunity to enhance their Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) distance learning (DL) professional military education (PME) during the Air Reserve Component Seminar (ARCS). ACSC ARCS is a blended-learning program which comprises one two-week seminar conducted in June on-site at Maxwell AFB, Alabama. The ACSC ARCS offers an in-resident experience to those total force officers without the opportunity or time to attend a resident PME program. The ACSC ARCS program provides an enriched learning environment that uses a combination of student-led seminars, guest lectures and exercises facilitated by AU resident and distance learning faculty.
ACSC ARCS participants follow the ACSC 6.0 DL curriculum and are required to complete certain pre-requisites before they participate. Following ARCS, members are expected to complete the remainder of the ACSC DL curriculum requirements at home station. Only non-resident IDE credit will be reflected in ACSC ARCS student personnel records.
For ANG and full-time Reservists, the ARCS TDYs are completely unit funded. For IMAs, TRs and ART Reservists, ARCS attendance is centrally funded by AFRC.
For ANG officers, a Course Announcement/Call for Applications will come out from NGB/HR o/a 1 March and will be distributed via the Base Education and Training Managers (BETMs) and Unit Training Managers (UTMs). The course announcement will include all application directions and specific program details.
For AF Reserve officers, specific application instructions for the ACSC ARCS program will be listed in the Fall Reserve School Selection Board (RSSB) announcement.
**ACSC DL students currently enrolled in ACSC DL who have already completed the Applied Leadership in Command (ALC) course are ineligible to apply for Phase I ARCS.**
New ACSC ARCS (Phase I) students must complete the ACSC 6.0 Student Orientation and the self-paced Leadership and Command (LC) courses BEFORE attending Phase I at Maxwell AFB. These are pre-requisites to attend Phase I. Applicants are strongly encouraged to begin working on their ACSC pre-requisites BEFORE official ARCS selection notification. During the Phase I TDY, students will complete the Applied Leadership and Command (ALC), the self-paced National Security (NS) and the Applied NS courses.
ACSC ARCS eligibility information:
* Open to all ANG and AFRC O-4s
* Major selects must pin-on prior to class start date
* TFCSD must not exceed 18 years by application date
ACSC ARCS Program Directors:
AIR NATIONAL GUARD ADVISOR
Colonel Gary Kirk
AIR FORCE RESERVE ADVISOR
Colonel Shelley Kavlick
Participants are required to own or have access to a computer with high-speed/broadband Internet capability, and possess at least an intermediate level of computing skills, defined as the ability to:
MacOS X 10.5 or higher
Safari 2 or Later
Internet Explorer 7
Firefox 1.5 or later
Firefox 2.0 or later
Netscape 7.1 or later
512 MB of RAM
1 GB of RAM
2 GB of RAM
800 MHz Power PC G4 processor or better
1 GHz Intel Pentium III/AMD Athlon processor, or equivalent/better
1024 x 768
Any high-speed connection (e.g. Cable Broadband or DSL)
Hard Disk Space
Free Hard Disk Space
24-bit sound card
Virtual memory turned on and allocated to at least 128 MB
64 MB VRAM with True Color (24-bit or 32-bit)
Browsers needed for Blackboard 9.1
Supported Desktop* Browser Versions
Version 9+ (Windows only)
Version 6+ (MacOS only)
* Mobile app versions of these browsers aren't support at this time, although users may have success using them.
** Google Chrome versions 42+ and Microsoft Edge do not support NPAPI-type plug-ins including Java plug-ins and many media browser plug-ins. Blackboard doesn't support these these browsers for use with the Virtual Classroom and Lightweight Chat tools, the multiple-file upload interface, or embedded media that require NPAPI plug-ins for viewing.
Java and Other Browser Plugin
A handful of features in Blackboard Learn require particular additional software to be installed. Without these, the features themselves do not function. For this release of Learn, the following features have plugin requirements:
JRE versions 7 and 8 are the recommended versions for features that depend on it. JRE version 6 may work, but could result in unexpected behavior. Oracle has acknowledged some security issues with JRE version 6.
The Distance Learning 6.0 Program is conducted asynchronously, so while "attendance" is mandatory, students may "attend" at the time and place of their choosing. In the Applied Courses, students are expected to meet minimum participation requirements in all class activities and complete all class assignments by the assignment due date.
Construction and Preparation
The DL 6.0 program employs the instructional systems development (ISD) process in developing its curriculum and assessments. Assessment topics and requirements, as well as threaded discussion questions, are developed from lesson objectives and are built to reflect the following levels of learning:
ACSC/DL manages the ACSC section of AUSIS (https://ausis.maxwell.af.mil) which takes you one step closer to achieving real-time information transfer in a distance-learning format. The website is unique to the version of the program in which you are enrolled and is active for the duration of a program version.
Blackboard® is the online platform AU employs to host its distance learning programs and distribute course materials and related information. All course materials listed in the course syllabi are available in Blackboard®. Instructors, in the Applied Courses, use Blackboard® to guide seminar discussions, accept assignments, provide feedback, post grades, communicate course information, and answer questions. It is important to direct any course content-related questions, or the administration of course content, to the course instructor (CI) in the Applied Courses.
Although students can complete the program in seven months, the program's rigor requires a significant time commitment to meet that goal. The program must be completed within a 5-year timeframe.
Personnel Record Updates
The AU Registrar's office inputs PME program completion data into USAF officers' records through the PME data center. Students' program completion information is transmitted to the Air Force Personnel Center (AFPC) or to Headquarters, Air Reserve Personnel Center (ARPC for both AFRES and ANG) as appropriate. AFPC updates local Military Personnel Flights' computer files. Your personnel records should reflect that you have completed ACSC within ten days following successful completion of your final assessment (either test or exercise). Sister-Service officer and civilian records must be updated through appropriate channels. Civilian students need to take a copy of their completion certificate to their civilian personnel office to ensure their records are properly updated.
Program Completion Certificates
The AU Registrar's office automatically issues a certificate upon successful program completion. The completion certificate will display your name and rank as it is reflected in AUSIS (https://ausis.maxwell.af.mil) and will be mailed to the address on file in that database. If you do not receive your completion certificate within thirty days after AUSIS reflects your status of "Program Complete," you should e-mail the AU Registrar's Office.
The AU Registrar's office will furnish you a transcript upon receipt of your written request. The request format is on the AU Registrar Transcripts page. Be sure to include your name, and address (former name if applicable), last four of SSAN, program number and/or title, year completed, and name and address of school or agency (for official transcript). Unofficial transcripts will be mailed directly to you. Send requests to the AU Registrar's Office.
In the DL 6.0 Applied Courses, the CI provides instructions for each assessment. Students are instructed to refer any assessment-related questions to their CI. Additionally, as previously discussed, students are not permitted to review or discuss the contents of any assessment with anyone other than their CI after it is completed. In Self-Paced Courses, instructions are provided within the course material for each assessment. Students are instructed to refer any assessment-related question to Student Services.
Grading Applied Course Criteria
In DL 6.0 Applied Courses, assessing student success in attaining learning objectives in the online environment is necessarily subjective; however, to assist CIs in the important task of grading, ACSC/DL has provided a grading rubric for standardization. The grading criteria contained in this rubric serve as a guideline for instructors. CIs use their best judgment when determining the appropriate grade for assessments, threaded discussions, and other postings that may be evaluated. The CI may include other course-unique grading criteria when appropriate. For purposes of "letter grade" evaluation of student academic performance, CIs will assign one of the following: Outstanding, Excellent, Satisfactory, or Unsatisfactory.
Applied Course Grading Rubric
Standardized rubrics, scoring tools for subjective assessments, are provided to all ACSC faculty members teaching in the DL 6.0 Applied Courses to provide a standardized feedback format to each student and to ensure common learning outcomes are understood and obtained.
Applied Course Scale
Students are graded on the scale as outlined below. Students who obtain an "Outstanding" or "Excellent" as their overall program average on the four applied courses will have the earned distinction marked on their official transcript. There will be no special distinction printed upon the course completion certificate. The applied course weights towards the overall program grade as follows: Applied National Security - 15%, Applied Leadership and Command - 25%, Applied Warfare - 25%, and Applied Joint Warfare - 35%.
Incomplete Grades Applied Courses
Due to the nature of the facilitated DL 6.0 classes, the four Applied Courses, and the students' professional and personal commitments, there may be instances when students are unable to complete their studies in the allotted one, two or three-week course. The time-limited nature of the classes terms offer restricted opportunity to re-schedule missed evaluations; therefore, students must contact their instructor and request an "Incomplete Contract." This contract provides students the opportunity to make up work within a one-week period after the end of a particular class.
Extensions to the Incomplete Contract will not be approved. If the student does not make complete the contract within the one-week timeframe, the "Incomplete" grade officially converts to an "Unsatisfactory."
Due to the nature of the Self-Paced Courses, all students who are currently enrolled in a Self-Paced Class will have a grade of "Incomplete" until they successfully pass the course or until the course expires. All self-paced courses expire four months from the date of student enrollment. If the course expires before the student completes the course, the "Incomplete" will automatically change to a "fail." Once a student has failed a class, then he/she is eligible to retake the class.
Students are asked to contact the ACSC/DL Student Services by submitting a help ticket with the AU Education Support System support website.
Air Command & Staff College Distance Learning (ACSC/DL)
Student Services Website: http://www.aueducationsupport.com. (Select "Request Support" at top of page.)
Fax numbers - Commercial (334) 953-4003 or DSN 493-4003
For questions regarding computer or AUSIS issues, submit a ticket via http://www.aueducationsupport.com (Select "Request Support" at top of page)."
For questions about administrative issues dealing with enrollments, extensions, or other concerns not addressed above, submit a ticket via http://www.aueducationsupport.com
Should you need to fax anything to us, please include a fax coversheet with details of the faxed communications and contact information and send to:
Comm. Fax: (334) 953-4003 /
DSN Fax: 493-4003
eSchool of Graduate PME
51 East Maxwell Boulevard
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112