Excelsior College Recognized with CAE Re-Designation for Robust Cybersecurity-Related Program

Excelsior College is one of 13 schools in New York State with designation, cited for its Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program

Albany, NY – Recently, Excelsior College received re-designation as a Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. Excelsior was of 10 institutions earning this re-designation.

Excelsior College received the CAE-CD re-designation for mapping curricula to a core set of cyber defense knowledge units. With the CAE designation,, colleges and universities are formally recognized by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security  for their robust cybersecurity-related programs. These institutions had an in-depth assessment and met rigorous requirements for this designation. Excelsior College was first awarded this four-year designation in 2015. The re-designation extends through 2023.

“While there are many job opportunities in cybersecurity open to students who have acquired trainings and skills from either traditional or non-traditional learning paths, earning a cybersecurity degree or any other type of credential from a CAE-CD school has extra value,” says Lifang Shih, PhD, dean of Excelsior College’s School of Undergraduate Studies. “This designation assures students are learning cybersecurity concepts and practices aligned with the standards validated by the nation’s two largest employers in cybersecurity, the National Security Agency and the Department of Defense. It also shows employers that students are getting the most relevant and valuable knowledge and skills in cybersecurity.”

All regionally accredited two-year, four-year, and graduate level institutions in the United States are eligible to apply for CAE-CD designation. There are more than 270 designated institutions in 48 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

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Media Contact: Alicia Jacobs, ajacobs@excelsior.edu   (518) 464-8531 


Excelsior College (excelsior.edu) is a regionally accredited, not-for-profit online college focused on helping adults complete their degrees and advance their careers. The college contributes to the development of a diverse, educated, and career-ready society by valuing lifelong learning with an emphasis on serving individuals historically underrepresented in higher education. Founded in 1971, Excelsior meets students where they are — academically and geographically — removing obstacles to the educational goals of adults pursuing continuing education and degree completion. Our pillars include innovation, flexibility, academic excellence, and integrity. Learn more at excelsior.edu.