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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

UA Designated National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education

Top-ranked MIS program at Eller College of Management achieves UA designation through National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security.

TUCSON, Ariz. – April 28, 2009 – The National Information Assurance Education and Training Program (NIETP), under the authority of the U.S. National Security Agency, has designated The University of Arizona a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAEIAE) for the academic years 2009-2014. 

The University of Arizona’s top-ranked Department of Management Information Systems (MIS) at the Eller College of Management applied for the designation in 2008. The rigorous approval process is governed by a set of nine criteria, including outreach, university-level support, and multidisciplinary collaboration. The CAEIAE application was submitted by associate directors Lance Hoopes and Roberto Mejias through the Information Assurance and Security Education Center directed by Jay F. Nunamaker, UA Regents' Professor and Soldwedel Professor of Management Information Systems. 

“This designation is an enormous accomplishment,” says Paulo Goes, MIS department head and Salter Distinguished Professor of Management and Technology. “It is particularly important for UA because of our location and strong partnerships with the defense industry, border security, and homeland security.”

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence in IA Education (CAEIAE) and CAE-Research (CAE-R) programs. The goal of these programs is to reduce vulnerability in the national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in IA. Designation as a CAEIAE or CAE-R is valid for five academic years, after which the school must reapply in order to retain its CAE designation.

Students attending these designated CAEIAE schools become eligible to apply for related scholarships and grants through the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program and the Federal Cyber Service Scholarship for Service Program.

A ceremony recognizing The University of Arizona’s designation is scheduled for June 3, 2009, during the 13th Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education in Seattle, Washington.

The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program No. 11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program No. 48 in the U.S. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the No. 25-ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 800 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and on its satellite campus in downtown Phoenix.

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Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management

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