SAINT PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Metropolitan State University as a Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. Metropolitan State University is one of six higher education institutions nationwide to receive the designation. The designation is valid for the academic years 2010 through 2015.
The National Center of Academic Excellence program is intended to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education in information assurance and producing a growing number of professionals with expertise in this important field.
“This designation shows that we are preparing our students to meet the growing challenges around information assurance,” said Sue Hammersmith, president of Metropolitan State. “Our students are eligible to apply for scholarships and grants because of the designation, and that’s something that will help us attract more students to the field.”
To receive the designation, Metropolitan State University had to meet a stringent set of requirements related to faculty qualifications, resources, research, curriculum and partnership in information assurance education. A formal recognition ceremony took place on June 8 in Baltimore, Md., as part of the 14th Annual Conference of the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education.
About Metropolitan State University
Metropolitan State University (www.metrostate.edu), a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, provides high quality, affordable academic and professional degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate levels.