National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAE-C)
The mission of the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAE-C) program is to create and manage a collaborative cybersecurity educational program with community colleges, colleges, and universities that
- Establishes standards for cybersecurity curriculum and academic excellence,
- Includes competency development among students and faculty,
- Values community outreach and leadership in professional development,
- Integrates cybersecurity practice within the institution across academic disciplines,
- Actively engages in solutions to challenges facing cybersecurity education.
Academic institutions may choose from three designations.
The designation process is a combination of elements related to the institution focused on outputs for determining academic achievement. This combination assures that the institution meets the desired characteristics of a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) institution, and that the academic delivery to students is producing the qualified workforce needed by the nation.
CAE-designated institutions must complete validation of a Program of Study (PoS) which is a series of courses and experiences that a student can reasonably accomplish in the course of attaining a degree or completing a certificate.