The Higher Education Opportunity Act (Public Law 110-315) (HEOA) was enacted on August 14, 2008, and reauthorizes the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008 contains numerous federal reporting and disclosure requirements for information from various administrative areas of higher education institutions.
The Deans, Program Directors, and Agency Chairs met with the Director of Institutional Effectiveness on January 16, 2013 to discuss the verification of compliance requirements for credit hours. On February 15, this group examined the federal definition of a credit hour and policy statements for three institutions of varying size and complexity, and documented NIU’s policy for assigning credit hours. This policy was presented and approved by the President’s council on March 28, 2013.
Through course Quality Circles, Faculty regularly reviews course content and workload to ensure they meet expectations for credit hours and various aspects of quality. Degree requirements and the credit load for specific courses are documented in the NIU Catalog and NIU Student Handbook. NIU is currently updating these publications and will make them available to current and prospective students.
Transfer Credit Policy
A working group that included the Director of Enrollment, Associate Deans, and the MSSI, MSTI, and BSI program directors reviewed the University’s transfer credit policy to clarify definitions and requirements. The working group also provided updates to the NIU Catalog and website to enable the University to fully disclose its transfer credit policies to current and prospective students.
The National Intelligence University’s transfer of credit policies are published in several venues and include the criteria used to determine the award of transfer credit. A discussion can be found in the Graduate Admission Notification and the Undergraduate Admission sections of the NIU Catalog, which is published online and annually in hard copy.
The University accepts transfer credit for the undergraduate program from regionally accredited collegiate institutions if the coursework earned a grade of C or better, and a limited number of credits from testing, military training, and experiential learning that have been evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE). While developing the PRR, the University discovered that these policies have not been fully disclosed to prospective undergraduate students. The Catalog has been updated, and will be posted on the NIU website. The University accepts graduate transfer credit from any regionally accredited collegiate institution with offerings similar to those of NIU if the coursework earned a grade of B or better. The Office of Enrollment, with consultation with the appropriate Dean, has the final decision authority for acceptance of transfer credit.
The University does not have any articulation agreements established with other institutions.
Identity Verification Policy
All students are subject to Department of Defense rules and regulations governing use of information technology and eligibility for security clearance. Identity verification at NIU is handled internally by the U.S. Government as part of the security clearance process. The University does not assess any charges or fees to students for this identity verification.
All students attending class or taking an examination at the main NIU campus, Academic Center, or other instructional site must present government-issued photo identification approved for entry to the campus. No sensitive personal information will be recorded upon entry; only the type of identification presented may be recorded along with the student’s name.
Each student admitted to NIU receives a secure login and password to access all campus systems including three networks (the Non-classified Internet Protocol Router Network [NIPRNet], and the Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System [JWICS]), and Blackboard. For examinations, University instructors or academic center directors may validate the identity of the student taking the exam in person, or remotely through secure audiovisual technologies.
Title IV Cohort Default Rate
The University receives all of its funding through the federal government budget process, under the General Defense Intelligence Program (GDIP) element of the National Intelligence Program, which is approved by the DNI, and eventually by the administration and the Congress.
The University does not charge tuition and does not receive funding through any Department of Education grant or loan program. Students at the University do not receive financial assistance through Department of Education grant or loan programs. In accordance with 34 CFR 602.16(a)(1)(x) and the Federal Student Aid Handbook 2012-2-13, the National Intelligence University is not required to submit reports on Cohort Default Rates to the U.S. Department of Education. NIU financial data to date has not been loaded to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).
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