Statement of Accreditation Status

National Defense University

  • CEO: Lt. Gen. Michael Plehn, President
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Dr. Betty Jo Miller
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Terence Peavy, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Not classified
  • Control: Public
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1997
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2013
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2022-2023

Contact Information

Bldg 62 - Marshall Hall
Fort McNair, DC 20319-5066

(202) 685-4700

www.ndu.edu

  • March 5, 2020
    To note that the Mid-Point Peer Review has been conducted and no further evidence is required at this time. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2022-2023.
  • June 22, 2016
    To rescind the substantive change action of January 4, 2016. To note the institution's decision to not operate the site at at the Joint Forces Staff College, 1141 Stewart Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80914 as an additional location.
  • January 4, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at the Joint Forces Staff College, 1141 Stewart Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80914 provisionally within the scope of the institution's accreditation pending a site visit within six months of the commencement of operations at this location. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at this additional location. In the event that operations at the additional location do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2018.
  • June 25, 2015
    To accept the progress report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2018.
  • November 21, 2013
    To accept the monitoring report and to note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To remove the warning and reaffirm accreditation because the institution is now in compliance with Standard 3 (Institutional Resources) and Standard 5 (Administration). To request a progress report, due April 1, 2015, providing further evidence that (1) due consideration is granted to the role of the chief information officer in making decisions about the allocation of institutional resources (Standard 3); (2) administrative leaders in the area of information technology are selected with appropriate consideration to continuity of service, and have the skills, degrees and training to carry out their responsibilities and functions (Standard 5); (3) adequate resources are allocated to the institutional research office so that data are collected, managed, archived and used to ensure effective decision-making (Standard 7); and (4) institutional assessment results are used to renew strategic planning, to support resource allocation, and to achieve documented improvements in programs, services, and processes (Standard 7). The Periodic Review Report is now due June 1, 2018.
  • June 27, 2013
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative and to affirm inclusion of the additional location at the Joint Forces Staff College, 6701 South Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa FL 33621 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard 3 (Institutional Resources) and Standard 5 (Administration). To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To remind the institution of the monitoring report, due September 1, 2013, documenting (1) a comprehensive technology acquisition, replacement, and operations plan, including provision for current and future technology needs and with qualified staffing for the office of technology, as appropriate to the institution's complexity, educational programs, and support services (Standards 3 and 5). To further request that the monitoring report provide evidence of the implementation of (2) goals and objectives that are clearly linked to the institution's new mission (Standard 2); (3) a multi-year budgeting process aligned with the institution's new goals and objectives (Standard 3); and (4) the use of assessment results to inform planning and resource allocation (Standard 7). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. The due date for the next Periodic Review Report will be established when accreditation is reaffirmed.
  • January 2, 2013
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at Joint Forces Staff College, 6701 South Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa FL 33621, provisionally within the scope of the institution's accreditation pending a site visit within six months of commencing operations. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at the additional location. In the event that operations at this site do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse. To remind the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard 3 (Institutional Resources) and Standard 5 (Administration). To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To remind the institution of the monitoring report, due September 1, 2013, documenting (1) a comprehensive technology acquisition, replacement, and operations plan, including provision for current and future technology needs and with qualified staffing for the office of technology, as appropriate to the institution's complexity, educational programs, and support services (Standards 3 and 5). To further request that the monitoring report provide evidence of the implementation of (2) goals and objectives that are clearly linked to the institution's new mission (Standard 2); (3) a multi-year budgeting process aligned with the institution's new goals and objectives (Standard 3); and (4) the use of assessment results to inform planning and resource allocation (Standard 7). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. The due date for the next Periodic Review Report will be established when accreditation is reaffirmed.
  • November 15, 2012
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative. To remind the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard 3 (Institutional Resources) and Standard 5 (Administration). To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To remind the institution of the monitoring report, due September 1, 2013, documenting (1) a comprehensive technology acquisition, replacement, and operations plan, including provision for current and future technology needs and with qualified staffing for the office of technology, as appropriate to the institution's complexity, educational programs, and support services (Standards 3 and 5). To further request that the monitoring report provide evidence of the implementation of (2) goals and objectives that are clearly linked to the institution's new mission (Standard 2); (3) a multi-year budgeting process aligned with the institution's new goals and objectives (Standard 3); and (4) the use of assessment results to inform planning and resource allocation (Standard 7). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. The due date for the next Periodic Review Report will be established when accreditation is reaffirmed.
  • June 28, 2012
    To warn the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard 3 (Institutional Resources) and Standard 5 (Administration). To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To request a monitoring report, due September 1, 2013, documenting (1) a comprehensive technology acquisition, replacement, and operations plan, including provision for current and future technology needs and with qualified staffing for the office of technology, as appropriate to the institution's complexity, educational programs, and support services (Standards 3 and 5). To further request that the monitoring report provide evidence of the implementation of (2) goals and objectives that are clearly linked to the institution's new mission (Standard 2); (3) a multi-year budgeting process aligned with the institution's new goals and objectives (Standard 3); and (4) the use of assessment results to inform planning and resource allocation (Standard 7). To direct a prompt liaison guidance visit to discuss the Commission's expectations. A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. The due date for the next Periodic Review Report will be established when accreditation is reaffirmed.
  • March 3, 2011
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative and to affirm inclusion of the additional location at John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School Bank Hall, 2175 Reilly Road Stop A, Fort Bragg, NC 28310-5000 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2011-2012.
  • Distance Education
    Approved to offer programs by this delivery method
  • Correspondence Education
    Not approved for this delivery method

Approved Credential Levels

The following represents credential levels included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate Included within the scope
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope
  • Branch Campus
    Joint Forces Staff College
    Normandy Hall 7800 Hampton Blvd.
    Norfolk, VA 23511-1702
  • Additional Location
    John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School Bank Hall
    2175 Reilly Road Stop A CISA Program
    Fort Bragg, NC 28310-5000
    Opened: 09/01/2010
  • Additional Location
    Joint Forces Staff College
    6701 South Dale Mabry Highway
    Tampa, FL 33621
    Opened: 01/14/2013
  • Additional Location
    Joint Forces Staff College
    6701 South Dale Mabry Highway
    Tampa, FL 33621
  • Other Instructional Site
    Joint Forces Staff College
    1141 Stewart Avenue
    Colorado Springs, CO 80914
  • Other Instructional Site
    Joint Forces Staff College
    Panzer Kaserne, Bldg. 2915 Stuttgart
    Germany
  • Other Instructional Site
    Joint Forces Staff College
    Education Center / Wing 2C MARFORPAC Bldg.
    Camp H. M. Smith, HI 96861
  • Other Instructional Site
    Joint Forces Staff College
    Education Center / 9301 NW 33rd Street
    Doral, FL 33172

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