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Building an Undergraduate Program at a Small Private Liberal Arts College
Building an Undergraduate Program at a Small Private Liberal Arts College
Building an Undergraduate Program at a Small Private Liberal Arts College
Building an Undergraduate Program at a Small Private Liberal Arts College
Building an Undergraduate Program at a Small Private Liberal Arts College
Building an Undergraduate Program at a Small Private Liberal Arts College
Building an Undergraduate Program at a Small Private Liberal Arts College
Building an Undergraduate Program at a Small Private Liberal Arts College
Building an Undergraduate Program at a Small Private Liberal Arts College
Building an Undergraduate Program at a Small Private Liberal Arts College
Building an Undergraduate Program at a Small Private Liberal Arts College
Building an Undergraduate Program at a Small Private Liberal Arts College
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Building an Undergraduate Program at a Small Private Liberal Arts College

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  • 1. Developing an Undergraduate Intelligence Program at a Private Liberal Arts College Second Annual Homeland Defense and Security Education Summit College Park, Maryland March 18-19 Gregory Moore, Ph.D. Notre Dame College Cleveland, Ohio
  • 2. Notre Dame College, a Catholic institution in the tradition of the Sisters of Notre Dame, educates a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility
  • 3. Private Liberal Arts Colleges Offer Certain Advantages for Students:  Strong faculty commitment to teaching  Lower faculty-student ratios  Easier for students to interact with faculty  Students receive more personal attention  Career oriented liberal arts programs  Greater flexibility in designing programs to fit the needs of students
  • 4. There is no specific curriculum for intelligence studies programs They tend to reflect the strengths or resources of the individual college or university Examples include: • Liberal Arts Orientation • Intelligence Specific • Engineering/Technical • Information Management • National Security Studies • Combinations of the Above
  • 5. Private liberal arts colleges are most likely to opt for liberal arts orientation or intelligence specific programs • The liberal arts approach • The Intelligence Specific emphasizes the liberal approach adds courses in arts curriculum basic skills needed to supplemented by a few become entry-level courses related to analysts in the IC, law enforcement or the private intelligence: sector to the liberal arts • History of Intelligence curriculum: • Strategic Intelligence • Writing for Intelligence • Terrorism • Research Methods • Intelligence & National • Plus courses in Security intelligence theory, internships and a capstone course Either approach, however, is likely to be multidisciplinary in nature
  • 6. By emphasizing a multidisciplinary approach, an intelligence program can get the entire faculty to “buy in” to the program Every division/department is contributing to the education of the intelligence student either by teaching required courses or offering electives that will add to the student’s general knowledge base With the understanding that it takes at least 5 years to properly train an analyst, the focus must be on teaching students the basic techniques analysts need while emphasizing the development of their critical thinking and communications skills A multidisciplinary liberal arts program is the best way to do this successfully!
  • 7. Building The Program: • Location, Location, Location! • Resources, Strengths and Weaknesses (Maximize use of resources, build on strengths, overcome weaknesses) • Faculty & Administrative Support – fit the mission! • Designing the Curriculum – undergraduate, graduate, certificate • Faculty Recruitment • Marketing and Student Recruitment • Building Partnerships - internal (faculty/departments) & external (area agencies, fusion centers, HIDTAs, HSDEC, IC CAE, private sector) – enhance “real world” opportunities for students, as well as employment networking • Adult Education - certificate programs • Online Instruction – flexibility in course delivery, especially for adult education; enhance revenue
  • 8. Notre Dame College, a Catholic institution in the tradition of the Sisters of Notre Dame, educates a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility A program in intelligence studies should reflect the college’s mission
  • 9. At Notre Dame College an Intelligence Specific approach was taken • The combination of applied and theoretical courses in intelligence analysis would create a true liberal arts intelligence studies curriculum emphasizing critical thinking, research and communications skills • The program would be supplemented by the College’s general education requirements and a diverse selection of upper level course electives which would further strengthen critical reasoning and communications skills • Requiring foreign language study would revive a dormant language program • The faculty would more readily accept and approve a program which built upon the College’s liberal arts tradition, while teaching specific professional skills to prepare students to compete successfully in the workplace
  • 10. The Center for Intelligence Studies at Notre Dame College • Multidisciplinary/Liberal Arts Focus • American History (req) • NDC General Education Core • Comparative Politics (req) Curriculum • International Relations (req) • Foreign Language – Arabic & Spanish • American Foreign Policy (req) (Chinese & Russian to be added) • Non-Western History & Culture: • 9 Intelligence specific courses China, Japan, Middle East, Africa, (applied and theory) Latin America, Russia (req – 1 course • Emphasis on critical thinking, minimum) analytical skills, writing and oral • Social Justice & Ethics (req) communications • Economics • Advanced Computer Skills: Excel, • Literature Access, Analyst’s Notebook • Math • Internships • Business & Accounting • Independent Research Project – capstone course • Online Delivery Students are well prepared to compete for entry level positions as intelligence analysts
  • 11. Achieving the Mission: • Personal Responsibility: focus on attendance, appearance, punctuality, grades, leadership, required courses in social justice and ethics, liberal arts focus on critical thinking – mid term progress reports • Professional Responsibility: besides the above, taking a “learn by doing” approach in classes, interaction with intelligence practitioners, emphasis on development of core skills needed by analysts along with an understanding of the intelligence cycle, process, and community • Global Responsibility: Coursework in Non-Western History, International Relations, Comparative Politics, International Law, American Foreign Policy, Foreign Languages, study abroad programs RESULT: A career-oriented liberal arts program that prepares students for future success as intelligence analysts
  • 12. Thank You! Questions? Gregory Moore, Ph.D. Notre Dame College 216-373-5346 gmoore@ndc.edu

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