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NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY
CENTRAL SECURITY SERVICE

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, MARYLAND 20755-6000

NSA PRESS RELEASE
11 June 2012
For further information contact:
NSA Public and Media Affairs, 301-688-6524

2012 National Centers of Academic Excellence Designees Announced

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have jointly announced the designation of 52 colleges and universities as National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, Information Assurance Research, and in Information Assurance 2-Year Education for the years 2012 through 2017.

The centers – now totaling 166 in 42 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico – are recognized leaders in these fields. Program graduates often develop into cyber experts who help to protect national-security information systems, commercial networks, and critical information infrastructure in both the private and public sectors – meeting the increasingly urgent needs of the U.S. government, industry, and academia.

Specifically:

  • Seven institutions were designated as National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE/IAE) for the years 2012 through 2017.
  • Seven joined the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research (CAE/R) Program.
  • Eleven new institutions were identified as National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance 2-Year Education (CAE/2Y).
  • Twenty-seven existing centers in Information Assurance Education successfully re-applied, maintaining their designation.

The complete list of centers and details about the selection process are available here. The 2012 designees are listed in the Fact Sheet below.

All of the designations are valid for five academic years, after which the college or university must successfully re-apply. The NSA-DHS partnership was initially formed in 2004 in response to the 2003 National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace.

Centers with the "Information Assurance Education" or "Research" designation are eligible to apply for scholarships and grants through the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program and the National Science Foundation's Scholarship for Service Program.

More information about the National Security Agency is available online at www.nsa.gov.

Fact Sheet

2012-2017 Designations

NSA and DHS announced the new National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE/IAE) for the years 2012 through 2017:

Bellevue UniversityNebraska
Brigham Young UniversityUtah
Florida A&M UniversityFlorida
Texas A&M – San AntonioTexas
Tuskegee UniversityAlabama
University of Colorado, Colorado SpringsColorado
University of Rhode IslandRhode Island

Additionally, these seven academic institutions were newly designated as National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research (CAE/R) for the years 2012-2017:

Dakota State UniversitySouth Dakota
Florida Atlantic UniversityFlorida
Louisiana Tech UniversityLouisiana
The University of Alabama at BirminghamAlabama
University of ArkansasArkansas
University of New MexicoNew Mexico
University of North TexasTexas

The following 11 community colleges, technical schools, or state or federally endorsed IA/Cyber training centers were designated as National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance 2-year Education (CAE/2Y):

Bossier Parish Community CollegeLouisiana
Francis Tuttle Technology SchoolOklahoma
Harford Community CollegeMaryland
Ivy Tech Community CollegeIndiana
Jackson State Community CollegeTennessee
Minneapolis Community and Technical CollegeMinnesota
Montgomery Community CollegeMaryland
Oklahoma Department of Career and TechnologyOklahoma
Sinclair Community CollegeOhio
Snead State Community CollegeAlabama
Valencia CollegeFlorida

The 27 institutions listed below have continued their commitment to providing quality IA education to students; they re-applied and were successfully evaluated against strengthened criteria, retaining the designation of National Center of Academic Excellence in IA Education. (The list includes the year that they were first designated as a CAE/IAE.)

Arizona State University, 2007Arizona
Boston University, 2004Massachusetts
California State University, Sacramento, 2007California
Capella University, 2007Minnesota
Champlain College, 2007Vermont
Dakota State University, 2004South Dakota
Drexel University, 2001Pennsylvania
Indiana University, 2007Indiana
Kennesaw State University, 2004Georgia
Mississippi State University, 2001Mississippi
Missouri University of Science and Technology, 2007Missouri
Norwich University, 2001Vermont
Our Lady of the Lake University, 2007Texas
Pace University, 2004New York
Regis University, 2007Colorado
Syracuse University, 2001New York
United States Military Academy, West Point, 2001New York
University of Advancing Technology, 2007Arizona
University of Alabama, Huntsville, 2007Alabama
University of Detroit Mercy, 2004Michigan
University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2001Maryland
University of New Mexico, 2007New Mexico
University of North Carolina, Charlotte, 2004North Carolina
University of North Texas, 2004Texas
University of Pittsburgh, 2004Pennsylvania
University of Texas at Dallas, 2004Texas
University of Washington, 2004Washington

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Historical Document | Date Posted: June 11, 2012

 
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