Skip to main content

National Securities Studies Program KPI

October 19, 2012

First KPI: SPONSORED ACADEMIC COURSES

Mission: The mission of the University of New Mexico (UNM) National Security Studies Program is to ensure that interested students develop the knowledge, skills and relationships necessary to successfully compete for Intelligence Community and related national security careers.

The NSSP, a designated Intelligence Community (IC) Center of Academic Excellence, reports four times a year to the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). The reports include descriptions and progress on NSSP activities and on NSSP sponsored courses. Sponsored courses are funded by the NSSP and cross-listed with applicable schools and colleges, which in the past and at the present time include the School of Engineering, Anderson School of Management, History, Political Science, Africana Studies, and Foreign Languages and Literature. The NSSP began its fourth year of a five year grant in October, 2012, and has developed and sponsored courses since the program’s inception.

National Security Studies Program sponsored courses focus on academic training that assists UNM students in developing the skill and knowledge that will enable them to better compete for scholarships, internships and career opportunities in international relations, business and specifically the 16 federal intelligence community agencies.

Year 4 Projected OutcomeYear 5 Projected Outcome
Fifty-five students served.Fifty-five students served.

NSSP outreach is to all UNM students, with special focus on underrepresented and high achieving populations. Mentoring is provided, both internally and externally, to increase student success and course completion rate.

Year 4 Projected OutcomeYear 5 Projected Outcome
Fifty-five students achieving a grade of B or better.Fifty-five students achieving a grade of B or better.

Second KPI: STUDENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

Mission: The mission of the University of New Mexico (UNM) National Security Studies Program is to ensure that interested students develop the knowledge, skills and relationships necessary to successfully compete for Intelligence Community and related national security careers.

NSSP Scholar Research Projects may be either as an independent project or as part of a structured NSSP sponsored course. Independent projects are ongoing throughout the year, including during the summer semester. Often times the projects are coupled with scholar travel abroad, which has included Russia, Morocco, Egypt, Oman, Lebanon, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, India, Kazakhstan, and Afghanistan. Sponsored course research projects include leveraged funding, such as through the Potomac Foundation (Washington D.C.), with UNM Research Professors and Sandia National Laboratory experts providing instruction.

Independent research projects are keyed to the mission(s) of the Intelligence Community (IC) and are in a form related to intelligence research and analysis. The NSSP has sponsored Critical Thinking and Analytical Writing Seminars in which IC agency representatives instruct the scholars on technique and craft. The purpose is to better prepare students for real-world IC assignments.

Year 4 Projected OutcomeYear 5 Projected Outcome
Twenty completed research projects.Twenty completed research projects.

Course research projects are tied to sponsored NSSP courses such as a Chemical/Nuclear Engineering Department course, cross listed with Political Science, focusing on Weapons of Mass Destruction. The focus is on developing students’ critical thinking and analytical writing skills with mentoring by leading experts in the respective field.

Year 4 Projected OutcomeYear 5 Projected Outcome
Fifty-five completed research projects.Fifty-five completed research projects.

Third KPI: STUDENT LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT & CAREER READINESS

Mission: The mission of the University of New Mexico (UNM) National Security Studies Program is to ensure that interested students develop the knowledge, skills and relationships necessary to successfully compete for Intelligence Community and related national security careers.

Leadership development and student preparation for Intelligence Community (IC) and National Security careers is an integral part of all NSSP activities, including the summer high school STARTALK Program and the Department of Energy (DOE) National Hispanic Youth Leadership Program, both of which leverage resources with other UNM schools and departments. Career readiness includes IC personnel leading NSSP scholars through real-life exercises and simulations, agency sponsored seminars and critical thinking and writing training sessions.

The summer high school STARTALK Program and the National Hispanic Youth Leadership Program are leveraged with other UNM departments, which include the Foreign Language and Literature Department, the School of Engineering and the College and Outreach Enrichment Program (CEOP). STARTALK teaches the Arabic and Chinese languages and cultures, while the Youth Leadership Program focuses on character building by CEOP and training on the integral relationship between energy and national security, and the DOE’s role in the IC.

Year 4 Projected OutcomeYear 5 Projected Outcome
Forty-five under represented and high achieving students completing the programs.Forty-five under represented and high achieving students completing the programs.

NSSP Scholars engage in a wide-spectrum of activities aimed at leadership development and maturation, and career preparedness. This includes intellectual exercises and opportunities, cultural immersion travel, communication skills training and agency internships and workshops.

Year 4 Projected OutcomeYear 5 Projected Outcome
Fifty to seventy active scholars participating in the NSSP.Sixty to eighty active scholars participating in the NSSP.

NSSP Scholars engage in a wide-spectrum of activities aimed at leadership development and maturation, and career preparedness. This includes intellectual exercises and opportunities, cultural immersion travel, communication skills training and agency internships and workshops.

Year 4 Projected OutcomeYear 5 Projected Outcome
Fifty to seventy active scholars participating in the NSSP.Sixty to eighty active scholars participating in the NSSP.

Fourth KPI: P-20 PIPELINE & COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Mission: The mission of the University of New Mexico (UNM) National Security Studies Program is to ensure that interested students develop the knowledge, skills and relationships necessary to successfully compete for Intelligence Community and related national security careers.

The NSSP student interaction begins with freshman high school students, though most of the high schools students engaged in the NSSP are junior and senior level. UNM NSSP Scholars include undergraduate and graduate students.

Grades 9-12 activities focus on engaging students interested in learning Chinese and/or Arabic languages, and respective cultures. In a separate high school program, the focus is on the nexus of the energy, water, environment and national security. At the university level, NSSP scholars range from incoming freshman (designated as Associate Scholars) to students receiving their doctorates.

Year 4 Projected OutcomeYear 5 Projected Outcome
Forty-five high school participants and 50 to 70 university level participants.Forty-five high school participants and 60 to 80 university level participants.

NSSP Community Outreach includes high schools, community colleges, and UNM branch colleges. The NSSP also reaches out to the national laboratories and IC agencies for symposiums, seminars, and sponsored courses. The symposium reached over 150 UNM and community members in Year 3. NSSP also co-sponsors outreach with the UNM International Studies Institute (ISI) and Center for Science, Technology & Policy. NSSP also works cooperatively with other UNM student clubs, such as the Institute for Nuclear Materials Management Student Chapter (INMM), and community associations, such as the Albuquerque International Association (AIA).

Year 4 Projected OutcomeYear 5 Projected Outcome
Increase internal efforts and maintain level of external effortsMaintain efforts at the beginning of Year 5, and increase once the program plans for future years have been formulated after end of the initial grant.