CENTER OF ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
On 04/12/2012 UAT was notified of its re-designation as a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) for its Information Assurance courseware for the years 2012-2017. CAEs are designated by the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAEIAE) and are jointly sponsored by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
According to the CAEIAE, "Each applicant must pass a rigorous review demonstrating its commitment to academic excellence in IA education. During the application process applicants are evaluated against stringent criteria. Designation as a CAEIAE is valid for five academic years, after which the school must successfully reapply in order to retain its CAEIAE designation." During the transition to the new program requirements, current CAE/IAE designations will remain in effect.
Besides the obvious prestige and recognition by the government this brings the University for its IA courseware, this designation benefits students of the University by making financial aid opportunities (grants and scholarships) available to them through the Department of Defense and the Federal Cyber Service for Service Program.
To learn more about Centers of Academic Excellence, visit the CAE page of the National Security Agency.