Statement of Accreditation Status

National Intelligence University

  • CEO: Dr. J. Scott Cameron, President
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Dr. David Smith
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Kushnood Haq, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Not classified
  • Control: Public
  • Former Name(s): Defense Intelligence College (11/1/1993), Defense Intelligence School (1/1/1983), Joint Military Intelligence College (12/26/2006), National Defense Intelligence College (6/1/2012)
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1983
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2019
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2025-2026
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2022

Contact Information

7400 Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301

(301) 243-2120

www.ni-u.edu

  • The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years.
  • June 25, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the monitoring report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • February 27, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the complex substantive change request. To include the change in control of National Intelligence University from the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) to the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) within the scope of the institution’s accreditation. To require a site visit within six months of the anticipated date of the transaction. To require notification of the date of the transaction and evidence of all signed and executed transactional documents, within five calendar days of the transaction. To require written evidence of approvals from all necessary licensing, regulatory, or other legal entities as necessary, including the approval of the United States Department of Education and the award of degree-granting authority by the United States Congress. To remind the institution of its obligation to inform the Commission about any and all developments relevant to this action. The Commission reserves the right to rescind approval of this substantive change if any developments reveal additional information that might have affected the Commission’s decision and/or the requested substantive change is not implemented within one calendar year from the date of this action. To request a supplemental information report, due December 1, 2020, providing an updated status of the institution’s transition from the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) to the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), including an update on the awarding of degree-granting authority (Requirement of Affiliation 1 and 14). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • June 27, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the monitoring report. To note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To reaffirm accreditation because the institution is now in compliance with Standard V (Educational Effectiveness Assessment) and Requirement of Affiliation 9. To request a monitoring report, due March 1, 2020, demonstrating sustainability of implemented corrective measures, including but not limited to (1) supported and sustained assessment of student achievement and communication of the results of this assessment to stakeholders; and (2) use of assessment results for the improvement of educational effectiveness (Standard V and Requirement of Affiliation 9). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • November 15, 2018
    To note the visit by the Commission’s representative. To remind the institution of the Commission's action of June 21, 2018, warning the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard V (Educational Effectiveness Assessment) and Requirement of Affiliation 9. To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To note further that federal regulations limit the period during which an institution may be in noncompliance to two years. To request a monitoring report due March 1, 2019, documenting evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain compliance with Standard V (Educational Effectiveness Assessment) and Requirement of Affiliation 9, including but not limited to (1) organized and systematic assessments, conducted by faculty, evaluating the extent of student achievement of institutional and degree/program goals; (2) supported and sustained assessment of student achievement and communication of the results of this assessment to stakeholders; and (3) use of assessment results for the improvement of educational effectiveness (Standard V and Requirement of Affiliation 9). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. Upon reaffirmation of accreditation, the next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025 – 2026.
  • June 21, 2018
    To warn the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard V (Educational Effectiveness Assessment) and Requirement of Affiliation 9. To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To note further that federal regulations limit the period during which an institution may be in non-compliance to two years. To request a monitoring report due March 1, 2019, documenting evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain compliance with Standard V (Educational Effectiveness Assessment) and Requirement of Affiliation 9, including but not limited to (1) organized and systematic assessments, conducted by faculty, evaluating the extent of student achievement of institutional and degree/program goals; (2) supported and sustained assessment of student achievement and communication of the results of this assessment to stakeholders; and (3) use of assessment results for the improvement of educational effectiveness (Standard V and Requirement of Affiliation 9). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. To direct a prompt liaison guidance visit to discuss Commission’s expectations. Upon reaffirmation of accreditation, the next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • November 16, 2017
    To note the visit by the Commission’s representative and to affirm inclusion of the main campus at Roberdeau Hall, 400 Sangamore Blvd, Bethesda, MD 20816 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2017-2018.
  • May 1, 2017
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the first and second alternative delivery method programs - Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence and Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Intelligence Studies - within the scope of the institution’s accreditation.
  • May 1, 2017
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional locations at (1) Defense Intelligence Organisation, Russell Offices, Canberra, Australia; (2) U.S. Northern Command, Peterson AFB, Colorado Springs, CO 80914; (3) U.S. Pacific Command, Join Intelligence Training Academy Pacific, 352 Halawa Drive, Pearl Harbor, HI 96860; (4) Patch Barracks, Unit 30400, APO AE 09131 (Stuttgart, Germany); (5) CMR 461 Box 3114, APO AE 09096 (Wiesbaden, Germany); (6) Ramstein Air Force Base, Ramstein, Germany; (7) NGA Campus West, 3200 S. 2nd Street, St. Louis, MO 63118; (7) National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC), 4180 Watson Way, Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, OH 45433; (8) NSA Georgia, Fort Gorden, GA 30905; (9) HQ USSOUTHCOM, Doral, FL 33172; and (10) Joint Special Operations Command, Ft. Bragg, NC 28310, within the scope of the institution’s accreditation. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at these additional locations. Operations at the additional locations must commence within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next self-study evaluation is scheduled for 2017-2018.
  • August 29, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include within the scope of the institution's accreditation the relocation of the additional location from the Center for Advanced Study of Languages (CASL), 7005 52nd Avenue, College Park, MD 20740 to National Security Agency, 9800 Savage Road, Suite 6213, Fort Meade, MD 20755-6177 and to include the new location. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at the new location. Operations at the location must commence within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2017-2018.
  • May 2, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To approve the relocation of the main campus from 200 MacDill Blvd, Washington, DC 20340 to Roberdeau Hall, 400 Sangamore Blvd, Bethesda, MD 20816 and to provisionally include the new campus within the scope of the institution's accreditation pending a site visit within six months of the commencement of operations. The Commission requires written notification within 30 days of the commencement of operations at the new location and the closure of the old location. In the event that operations at the location do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2017-2018.
  • June 25, 2015
    To accept the progress report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2017-2018.
  • September 2, 2014
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To approve the relocation of the following additional locations: (1) from Graduate Center at the National Geospatial-Intel, Washington Navy Yard, Bldg. 213, Mailstop N-13, Washington, DC 22303 to NGA Campus East (NCE), 7500 GEOINT Drive, Springfield, VA 22150; and (2) from National Security Agency, 9800 Savage Road, Fort George, Meade, MD 20755 to Center for the Advanced Study of Languages (CASL), 7005 52 Avenue, College Park, MD 20740, and to include the new additional locations within the scope of the institution’s accreditation. The Commission requires written notification within 30 days of the commencement of operations at these additional locations and the closures of the other locations. In the event that operations at the additional locations do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse. To remind the institution of the request for a progress report, due, April 1, 2015, documenting evidence of (1) consistency and clarity in recruiting and catalog information regarding course and program requirements for certificate programs (Standard 6); (2) sufficient academic support services for students enrolled in certificate programs (Standard 9) and (3) sufficient numbers of faculty for certificate program offerings (Standard 10). The next evaluation is scheduled for 2017-2018.
  • March 3, 2014
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at the Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Quantico, VA 22135 within the scope of the institution’s accreditation. 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. To remind the institution of the request for a progress report, due, April 1, 2015, documenting evidence of (1) consistency and clarity in recruiting and catalog information regarding course and program requirements for certificate programs (Standard 6); (2) sufficient academic support services for students enrolled in certificate programs (Standard 9) and (3) sufficient numbers of faculty for certificate program offerings (Standard 10). The next evaluation is scheduled for 2017-2018.
  • November 21, 2013
    To note the visit by the Commission’s representative and to affirm inclusion of the additional location RAF Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28 0QB, England within the scope of the institution’s accreditation. To remind the institution of the request for a progress report, due, April 1, 2015, documenting evidence of (1) consistency and clarity in recruiting and catalog information regarding course and program requirements for certificate programs (Standard 6); (2) sufficient academic support services for students enrolled in certificate programs (Standard 9) and (3) sufficient numbers of faculty for certificate program offerings (Standard 10).
  • November 21, 2013
    To accept the Periodic Review Report, to reaffirm accreditation, and to commend the institution for the quality of the Periodic Review process. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2017-2018.
  • April 29, 2013
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request, to approve the reclassification of the instructional site at HQ USCENTCOM/CCJ2-RT, 7115 South Boundary Blvd, MacDill AFB, FL 33621-5101 as an additional location, and to include the location within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2013.
  • April 29, 2013
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the post-graduate Certificate of Intelligence Studies within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To note that this action is not retroactive. To request a progress report, due, April 1, 2015, documenting evidence of (1) consistency and clarity in recruiting and catalog information regarding course and program requirements for certificate programs (Standard 6); (2) sufficient academic support services for students enrolled in certificate programs (Standard 9) and (3) sufficient numbers of faculty for certificate program offerings (Standard 10).The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2013.
  • March 5, 2013
    To acknowledge the substantive change request and to reclassify the instructional site at RAF Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28 0QB, England as an additional location provisionally, pending a site visit within six months of the date of approval. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2013.
  • 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:

  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate Approved to offer ONE program at this credential level: Certificate of Intelligence Studies
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent
  • Additional Location
    Defense Intelligence Organisation
    Russell Offices Canberra
    Australia
  • Additional Location
    Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy
    Marine Corps Base Quantico
    Quantico, VA 22135
    Opened: 03/03/3014
  • Additional Location
    HQ USCENTCOM/CC12-RT
    7115 South Boundary Boulevard
    MacDill AFB, FL 33621-5101
    Opened: 04/29/2013
  • Additional Location
    HQ USSOUTHCOM
    9301 NW 33rd St
    Doral, FL 33172
  • Additional Location
    Joint Special Operations Command
    Ft. Bragg
    Ft. Bragg, NC 28310
  • Additional Location
    Mainz Kastel
    CMR 461 Box 3114 APO AE 09096 Wiesbaden
    Germany
  • Additional Location
    National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC)
    4180 Watson Way Wright-Patterson AFB
    Dayton, OH 45433
  • Additional Location
    National Security Agency
    9800 Savage Road Suite 6213
    Fort Meade, MD 20755-6177
    Opened: 08/29/2016
  • Additional Location
    NGA Campus East (NCE)
    7500 GEOINT Drive
    Springfield, VA 22150
    Opened: 09/08/2014
  • Additional Location
    NGA Campus West
    3200 S. 2nd Street
    St. Louis, MO 63118
  • Additional Location
    NSA Georgia
    Fort Gorden Military
    Fort Gorden, GA 30905
  • Additional Location
    Patch Barracks
    Unit 30400 APO AE 09131 Stuttgart
    Germany
  • Additional Location
    RAF Molesworth
    Huntingdon Cambridgeshire PE28 0QB
    United Kingdom
    Opened: 03/05/2013
  • Additional Location
    Ramstein Air Force Base
    Ramstein
    Germany
  • Additional Location
    U.S. Northern Command
    Peterson AFB
    Colorado Springs, CO 80914
  • Additional Location
    U.S. Pacific Command
    Join Intelligence Training Academy Pacific 352 Halawa Drive
    Pearl Harbor, HI 96860
  • Other Instructional Site
    Joint Intelligence Training Academy Pacific (JITAP)
    352 Halawa Drive
    Pearl Harbor, HI 96860
  • Other Instructional Site
    Pentagon
    7400 Pentagon Attn: NIU
    Washington, DC 20301-7400

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