Information Resources Management College
|This article relies too much on references to primary sources. (July 2015)|
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|Established||1988 (formed from the DoD Computer Institute)|
|Campus||Fort Lesley J. McNair|
|Colors||red, white, and blue|
The National Defense University Information Resources Management College (NDU iCollege) is a U.S. Department of Defense graduate school working to inform leaders of the United States from the government and the private sector. A unit of the National Defense University (NDU), it is located at Fort McNair, Washington, DC. As a trusted voice in the information resource management community, the NDU iCollege is recognized for its excellent graduate-level programs, faculty, and services that provide a strategic advantage for today’s military and civilian leaders in the United States Department of Defense and across government. The Chancellor of the NDU iCollege, RADM Jan Hamby, USN (Ret.), provides strategic direction and vision for all faculty, staff, and students. The Dean of Faculty and Academic Programs, Mary McCully, oversees faculty, curriculum, and instruction. The Dean of Administration, Russell Quirici, oversees operational support for the College. The Dean of Students, COL Matt Hergenroeder, oversees the Office of Student Services and all student matters.
In 1976, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the National War College were brought into one joint educational institution when the National Defense University became a historic pooling of the defense community's intellectual resources. They were joined in 1981 by the Joint Forces Staff College (JFSC) and in 1982 by the Department of Defense Computer Institute (DODCI). In 1988, DODCI was re-established and changed and became what is now the Information Resources Management College, commonly referred to as the iCollege (after a 2008 rebranding). Over the last 25+ years, the NDU iCollege has expanded its programs and offerings for all of government and has developed robust online programs.
Mission and Vision
The mission of the NDU Information Resources Management College (NDU iCollege) is to educate and prepare selected military and civilian leaders and advisors to develop and implement cyberspace strategies, and to leverage information and technology to advance national and global security. (updated 2015)
The vision is to be the "Global hub for educating, informing, and connecting Information Age leaders."
The NDU iCollege maintains active Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/National-Defense-University-iCollege/105492426162129) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/NDU_iCollege) sites. Please visit these for the latest information on news, events, course announcements, faculty publications, etc.
Courses and Graduate Programs
Courses at the NDU iCollege are free (no tuition) for DOD military and civilians. Courses are also open to federal agency students, U.S. private sector students, and international students, although non-DOD students must pay tuition. Courses are offered in residence at the National Defense University campus on Fort Lesley J. McNair (Washington, DC waterfront) and online through the college's Distributed Learning (DL) program. Students must be at or above a GS-13 or officer level O-4 (equivalent mid-to-senior management level in the private sector) to apply for courses and must already possess a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university. International students must work through their embassy and also pass an English language proficiency exam.
The NDU iCollege offers several different graduate certificate programs and a Master of Science Degree. They are:
- Government Information Leader Master of Science Degree
- Joint Professional Military Education (JPME), Phase II
- CIO Leadership Development Program (CIO LDP), formerly the AMP
- Chief Information Officer (CIO) Certificate
- Chief Financial Officer(CFO) Leadership Certificate
- Enterprise Architecture (EA) Certificates (Note: Being phased out starting fall 2015)
- Cyber Security Certificates (4011, 4012, 4015, 4016, CISO)
- Cyber Leadership Certificate
- Information Technology Program Management Certificate
- Professional Development, Part Time, Online programs
In addition to facilitating learning through courses and programs, the NDU iCollege responds to workforce learning needs of government organizations in areas corresponding with faculty competence. If agencies and other government organizations request tailored workshops, expert perspectives, and practical advice that aligns with the core competencies of the College and the courses offered, faculty may be deployed to work with agencies on a case-by-case basis.
NDU iCollege faculty members have backgrounds in the private sector, civilian government and defense, and academe, contributing a rich combination of experience and theory that enhances our learning environment. Although by mission the College is primarily a teaching college, faculty are active in many intellectual communities because scholarship is concomitant to good teaching.
Information and Cyber Labs
The NDU iCollege laboratories (iLabs) provide adaptable and customizable immersive learning environments designed to enhance iCollege learning outcomes, reproduce real-world scenarios, and provide a venue for innovative uses of emerging technologies to educate military and civilian senior leaders. The iLabs provide experiential, adult learning through flexible and mobile courses and workshops across the globe.
Cyber-Security and SCADA/Infrastructure Protection Labs: As a NSA-designated Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Education, the iCollege operates two cyber security labs addressing threats to information systems. The Cyber Attack/Defend Lab provides an environment to examine computer and network defense through exercises in intrusion techniques, mitigation, and forensics. The Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Lab simulates realistic exploits and protections of various industrial control systems, such as electrical, oil, gas, water, and transportation grids.
Ci Center, or Center for Innovation: The newest iCollege lab is an “instructional ecosystem” that uses cutting-edge technologies, flexibly integrates the latest physical and technical elements, and enables access to multiple learning environments. It facilitates instructional methodologies and strategies that take advantage of “anywhere-anytime” capabilities. This is a unique and highly customizable instructional space that offers a complete range of physical and virtual interactions designed to facilitate learning across various realities.
The NDU iCollege continues to form academic partnerships with regionally accredited universities across the United States, signing Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with schools that are Centers of Academic Excellence (CAEs) in Information Assurance/Cyber Education and with universities whose programs align well with the iCollege's certificates. Graduates from the college’s many certificate programs can apply to a number of partner institutions for completion of a Master’s or Doctoral/PhD Degree. There are a multitude of degree choices for NDU iCollege graduates at the partner institutions.
Academic partners accept 9, 12, or 15 graduate semester credits depending on which certificate program and how many courses were completed at the NDU iCollege. Please note that due to the iCollege reducing certificate requirements after July 1, 2014, students completing fewer courses under this new model will typically receive a maximum of 12 transfer credits. Students still on the "old" program will still receive the higher amount of credits. For example, students completing the CIO Certificate with 8 courses will receive 15 transfer credits, while students in the new CIO Certificate program who complete the now-required 6 courses will receive 12 transfer credits.
Currently, there are more than 30 current NDU iCollege academic partners, which are listed below. Many academic partners provide full-time, part-time, and online educational opportunities.Several schools updated their agreements over the previous year to include new degrees and acceptance of more NDU iCollege certificates. Please check the website often for changes and additions.
- Elearning! 100 Award for Innovation (iCollege elearning and labs)
- Association of Old Crows, the Electronic Warfare and Information Operations, Distinguished Service Award, Dan Kuehl
- DoD CIO Award for exceptional academic achievement, 13th International Cyber Defense Workshop, Russ Mattern and Stan Boddie
- Federal 100 Award from Federal Computer Week, Dr. Robert Childs
- AFCEA Meritorious Service Award for Excellence in IT, Patty Coopersmith
- Educator Award from the Association of Government Accountants (AGA), Ricardo Aguilera and Gary Maupin
- DoD CIO Award for exceptional academic achievement, 12th International Cyber Defense Workshop, Gil Duvall, John Saunders, John Hurley
- Federal 100 Award from Federal Computer Week, Dr. Robert Childs
- Finalist, eLearning Age Awards, Excellence in Online Learning Content, Dr. Cathy Downes for MAC course
- Government Information Security Leadership Awards (GISLAs), Mark Duke for AII class
- AFFIRM Awards, Leadership in Service to the Government IT Community
- Finalist, Women in Technology Awards/Government, Dr. Paulette Robinson
- Excellence in IT Award from AFCEA
- Eagle Award from Federal Government Distance Learning Association
- Intergovernmental Solutions/Management of Change Award (finalist), American Council for Technology
- Rising Star Award from 1105 Government Information Group
- Finalist, SC Magazine Awards, Best Professional Certificate Programs
- Best Practice Awards in Corporate/College Partnerships from CUX
- Tele-work in the Federal Government Leadership Award
- Golden Link Award for partnering with industry from AFCEA
- Excellence in Corporate Education Award from London Financial Times