Donnelly Partners with KU for Intelligence and National Security Program

Donnelly Partners with KU for Intelligence and National Security Program

Donnelly College has partnered with the University of Kansas in a new undergraduate certificate program in Intelligence and National Security Studies (INSS). The Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (ICCAE) Scholars program assists undergraduate students in developing critical skills needed for future work in the intelligence community.


The Kansas Consortium – Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (KC-ICCAE), launched in September 2017, is funded by a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency. As members of the KC-ICCAE, students at KU, Donnelly College, Dodge City Community College and Seward County Community College, are eligible to participate in this unique, national ICCAE Scholars program.


The undergraduate INSS certificate introduces students to the highly desired skills and competencies necessary to work within the US Intelligence Community. As an ICCAE Scholar, students in the program increase their critical thinking, analytical, and communications skills, which can be applied to any area of study or profession.


In order to be eligible to participate as an ICCAE Scholar, Donnelly students must be interested in pursuing a career in the US Intelligence Community, have a current 3.0 or higher GPA, and be a U.S. Citizen, eligible for a security clearance.


Beginning this fall, courses will be taught online by a KU instructor and administered in person by Ana Valdez, the course facilitator at Donnelly College.   


“This is the first partnership in the state of Kansas that brings together the University of Kansas, Dodge City Community College, Seward County Community College, and Donnelly College,” said Ana Valdez.  “Donnelly students will be able to leverage the Kansas Consortium for study and learning experiences including travel abroad, that we would not be able to offer on our own. All the offerings will help build a stronger network for the future of intelligence.”   


To learn more information about the program, including coursework and requirements, click here