Mount Union, Stark State Continue Partnership with National Security and Foreign Intelligence Analysis Articulation

June 28, 2016

ALLIANCE, Ohio - The University of Mount Union and Stark State College continued to help students further their education by signing the third in its series of articulation agreements. There are currently three signed agreements, soon to be seven.

Dr. Patricia Draves, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the University, and Dr. Lada Gibson-Shreve, Stark State provost and chief academic officer, signed an agreement that will allow Stark State graduates with associate degrees in Homeland Security Information Technology to further their education and earn a bachelor’s degree in National Security and Foreign Intelligence Analysis (NSFIA).

This partnership will allow students to begin their academic careers at Stark State, then continue onto Mount Union to complete their bachelor's degree. The degree will still be completed within four years, but for a fraction of the cost.

“These articulation agreements establish pre-defined pathways for a Mount Union bachelor’s degree, which can be beneficial to graduates of Stark State seeking further education in their field,” said Dr. Raymond Posey, associate academic dean, who is coordinating the effort on behalf of Mount Union.

The National Security and Foreign Intelligence Analysis major is an interdisciplinary program that is geared toward preparing students for a career in the National Security and Intelligence communities. The program is designed to help students develop critical skills that will prepare them to identify, analyze and deal with current and emerging threats facing the United States. The program explores topics such as terrorism, weapons proliferation, chemical warfare, biological warfare, cyber-attacks and counterintelligence.

“By combining information technology, foreign language, and regional specialization courses with a required national security-related internship, students acquire a wide range of skills,” said Dr. Francis Schortgen, associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science and International Studies at Mount Union. “These are skill sets that prepare them for fulfilling careers in the broader national security and intelligence communities as well as business intelligence, geopolitical risk analysis and/or risk management opportunities in the private sector.”

The national security and foreign intelligence agreement follows the psychology and engineering agreements that were signed in December and February, respectively.

According to Posey, a typical associate’s degree program at Stark State requires completion of 60-credit-hours. Mount Union’s requirement for a bachelor’s degree is 128 hours, so a student working toward a bachelor’s degree will have to complete a minimum of 68-additional credit-hours. However, this can vary depending upon the particular major.

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