Wichita, Kansas – Southwestern College becomes the first Kansas four-year institution to offer degrees integrating the Naval Postgraduate School Homeland Defense and Security curriculum. Southwestern College partnered with the Naval Postgraduate School as part of the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) and University & Agency Partnership Initiative, or UAPI, that brings together institutions dedicated to advancing homeland security education.
“Our partnership with UAPI, illustrates our unwavering commitment to our learners, by ensuring they are equipped to confront the dynamic challenges of the 21st Century security environment,” explains Lionel Santiago, Lead Affiliate Faculty for Criminal Justice and Security Management.
The initiative’s objectives are to strengthen the nation’s security, prevent redundant curriculum development and associated costs, facilitate nationwide collaboration among educational institutions as they develop or expand their homeland security programs and create synergy to address critical national security and defense research issues.
Southwestern College currently offers two degrees with the curriculum, a Bachelor’s in Security Management Degree and a Master’s in Security Administration. These degrees are offered online through the Southwestern College Professional Studies division.
Andy Sheppard, Provost, noted “SC degrees in Security Management and Administration already make learners eligible for FEMA and other Homeland Security jobs but this new partnership with UAPI ensures access to some of the best content available to those who are dedicated to protecting others.”