Excelsior College is a regionally accredited, nonprofit distance learning institution that focuses on removing obstacles to the educational goals of adult learners. Excelsior College offers a variety of programs and resources to help its students succeed. Graduation rates as of Summer 2015 include 96% successful graduation for undergraduates and 97% successful graduation for graduate students across all programs at the College. Excelsior College is a recognized “military friendly” college, and nearly one-third of the enrolled students are active duty, reserve military, and veterans. Excelsior College has celebrated almost 160,000 graduates to date and serves over 39,000 students.
Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, and the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) designated Excelsior College as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education, a recognition that extends through 2019. Many of the faculty contribute regularly to journals and submission of white papers and 47% of the faculty have doctorates.
To further Excelsior College’s dedication to cybersecurity and research it created the National Cybersecurity Institute in Washington D.C. The National Cybersecurity Institute Journal, now in its third year, has showcased the research work of several Excelsior faculty, administrators and faculty from schools around the world, and practitioners in cybersecurity.
Excelsior College integrates the business community into ongoing STEM operations in several ways. The Industry Advisory Board (IAC) is comprised of practitioners and business owners and helps to shape program and course offerings to ensure they are relevant to the needs of industry. Excelsior partners with business, industry and nonprofits to create opportunities for their employees to further their education, for employment opportunities for students, and to help provide necessary training and certification preparation. National Cybersecurity Institute offers regular webinars and podcasts on STEM and cybersecurity topics applicable to our audience to help educate and empower students.
Excelsior College recognizes the need for STEM opportunities outside of structured courses and offers several clubs and activities to our students. Clubs include several honors societies, the American Nuclear Society Student Section, the Association for Computing Machinery Student Chapter (ACM), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) chapter, and the Cybersecurity Club which participates in the National Cybersecurity League Competitions.
Innovative Employer-Driven Pathways
Excelsior College and National Cybersecurity Institute (NCI) at Excelsior College works closely with businesses through advisory boards and NCI Fellows. The NCI Advisory Board are individuals from industry, government, and military selected for their disciplinary expertise, professional experience, support of the College’s mission. Advisory Board members advise on cutting edge cybersecurity challenges, emerging trends, and areas of competitive advantage for the National Cybersecurity Institute at Excelsior College. NCI Fellows are practitioners who provide subject matter expertise.
National Cybersecurity Institute at Excelsior College had participants on the Department of Labor (DoL) committee that identified how the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework could inform business and education by providing a common lexicon and framework for classification of work, careers, and jobs.
Excelsior College has over 110 partnerships with organizations and 98 with academic partners. An Excelsior partnership gives individuals in an organization the ability to complete a degree by maximizing previously earned credit and providing:
High-quality academic programs.
Affordable tuition and fees, with extra discounts for partner organizations.
A flexible, adult-oriented learning model.
An institution with generous credit-transfer policies that recognize the value of past education and experience.
Excelsior College has four types of partnerships:
Corporate & Association: i.e. Energy Providers Coalition for Educations
Corporate & nonprofit association partnerships allow these organization to move employees and members forward while keeping costs down.
Academic: i.e. Northern Virginia Community College and Maricopa Community College District
Academic partnerships offer academic institutions a pathway to undergraduate and graduate degrees for their students, graduates, and employees.
Military: i.e. GoArmyEd and eArmy U
Excelsior College military partnerships advance educations opportunities for service member and Excelsior College has educational partnerships with each branch of the military.
Veteran: i.e. AFCEA International
Veteran partnerships allow veteran associations and veteran-friendly employers to continue to advance educational opportunities to all veterans.
Key STEM Programs
National Cybersecurity Institute (NCI) at Excelsior College is an academic, training, and research center located in Washington D.C. dedicated to assisting government, industry, military, and academic sectors meet the challenges in cybersecurity policy, technology, and education.
NCI is shaping a coordinated effort to build the cybersecurity workforce and influence an informed leadership base that implements cutting-edge cybersecurity policy. NCI targets the development of effective cybersecurity practice in specific sectors, including healthcare, finance, utilities/energy, telecommunications, and education/training.
As part of its continuous efforts to build the cybersecurity workforce and influence an informed leadership base that implements cutting-edge cybersecurity policy, NCI launched its Initiative for Women in Cybersecurity (NCI’s IWICS). The goal of NCI’s IWICS is to offer support and solutions to women in cybersecurity by offering skills training and identifying best practices for utilization by women in the cybersecurity field to help understand and influence perceptions.
NCI presents series of webinars, podcasts, and articles entitled Women in Cybersecurity Leadership. These cover best practices utilized by women in cybersecurity fields in various areas of critical infrastructure. Each webinar features an influential woman leader in cybersecurity who will share with us Who she is! What she does! And How she gets it done!
NCI IWICS is led by Dr. Jane LeClair, COO at NCI. A life-long advocate for Women in Science Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers, Dr. LeClair wants to help young women and women seeking to change or move into a new career to pursue exciting STEM careers within the field of cybersecurity. With the scarcity of talent in the market, the cybersecurity field offers women a tremendous opportunity to become agents for positive change in society and role models for women currently in the field of cybersecurity and those pursuing a career in cybersecurity.
Dr. Jane LeClair has also set up the Scholarship Fund for Women in Technology for women entering or continuing in any of Excelsior’s programs in technology within the School of Business & Technology.
National Cybersecurity Institute offers professional training programs that help increase or enhance current cybersecurity skills or prepare those seeking a new career through training or preparation for certification. Cybersecurity training not only prepares individuals for industry-recognized certifications, it also provides them with the means to truly comprehend by learning through real-world examples and expert instruction. Qualified instructors who are leaders in their field provide highly practical courses in a face-to-face class. The National Cybersecurity Institute is an (ISC)2 Global Academic Program Member and an authorized (ISC)2 CPE Provider, an EC- Council Accredited Training Center, and CompTIA® Educational Partner.
Certification Preparations Courses:
In addition to creating resources and offering education and training, NCI supports students and student activities including the recent sponsorship of a team of undergraduate and graduate students in the latest National Cyber League competition. Other activities include hosting open houses so potential students may explore the field of cybersecurity and hosting industry leaders as NCI Fellows to brainstorm and share ideas and solutions for cybersecurity.
Excelsior College offers six academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels in cybersecurity:
These six programs form a comprehensive unit through which professionals are provided with cutting edge techniques and technology that are required to secure and defend sensitive and critical information of an organization. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach in the design of these programs, the curriculum covers various subjects such as cyber-attack and defense, digital analysis, computer forensics, security policies and strategies, risk analysis, ethical and legal issues, operational processes, cybercrime, and more.
Communications and Social Media at Excelsior College and NCI
Excelsior College Director of Communications and Community Engagement:
Alicia Jacobs, ajacobs@Excelsior.edu, 518-464-8531
Excelsior College Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ExcelsiorCollege
Excelsior College Twitter Feed: https://twitter.com/excelsiorlife
National Cybersecurity Institute Executive Administrative Assistant:
Judy Chang, cchang@Excelsior.edu, 202-601-1218
National Cybersecurity Institute Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/National-Cybersecurity-Institute-1422466254632382/
National Cybersecurity Institute Twitter Feed: https://twitter.com/nci_excelsior
National Cybersecurity Institute LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/national-cybersecurity-institute?trk=company_name