Nova Southeastern University College of Engineering and Computing

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The College of Engineering and Computing, commonly known as CEC, formerly the Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences, at Nova Southeastern University provides educational programs to prepare students for leadership roles in technology. The college is located on the main campus in Fort Lauderdale, Florida within the Carl DeSantis building. In addition to its regional accreditation by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools,[1] NSU has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education[2] by the U.S. National Security Agency and the United States Department of Homeland Security.

National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education[edit]

On April 17, 2008, NSU was re-designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education for the academic years 2008-2014 by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).[3] NSU first received this designation in March 2005 covering the period through March 2008. GSCIS’s information security curriculum meets the NSA Committee on National Security Systems standards 4011, 4012, and 4013.

NSA’s goal in establishing centers of academic excellence is to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education in information assurance and producing more professionals with IA expertise in various disciplines. This designation applies to the entire university, although the degrees under this program are graduate degrees that are primarily issued through the Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences.

In order to apply, institutions must first obtain certification by NSA of their curriculum in information security – for NSU this was accomplished in April 2004. The benefits of such certification:

  1. NSU was added to NSA's list of referrals for students who seek training in the information security.
  2. Federal civilian and military personnel are able to take NSU’s security courses under government sponsorship and obtain special recognition under the certification.
  3. NSU is authorized to issue certificates using NSA’s logo to students who complete its certified courses.


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