IHSEA - NIU - Homeland Security

Illinois Homeland Security Education Alliance (IHSEA)

Recognizing the importance of sharing homeland security resources and unique faculty expertise, the Illinois Board of Higher Education awarded NIU and Western Illinois University an Innovation grant to establish the Illinois Homeland Security Education Alliance (IHSEA).

Northern Illinois University and Western Illinois University launched the Illinois Homeland Security Education Alliance (IHSEA) in January 2007. Half of Illinois' public universities participated in an initial meeting of the Alliance.

Mission Statement

The Illinois Homeland Security Education Alliance is a consortium of Illinois Public Universities designed to enhance the homeland security knowledge base in ways not possible as individual institutions. This collaboration facilitates course sharing, innovative curriculum development and delivery, and development of an informational clearinghouse of homeland security resources. The Alliance broadens educational opportunities by expanding access, making cost-effective use of existing assets and creating a strong base to attract new resources. The Alliance provides a means for Illinois higher education institutions to advance achievement of the state's goal to become the leader in homeland security.

How IHSEA Works

  • University leadership makes a commitment
  • Faculty determine the curriculum and teach the shared courses
  • Operations staff work together to coordinate technologies and seamless transfer of credit.

How to get involved


Ellen S. Parham, PhD, RD, LD, LCPC
Professor Emeritus
Coordinator, Illinois Homeland Security Education Alliance
College of Health and Human Sciences
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-753-6333
Fax: 815-753-6169

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Next IHSEA Meeting
May 30, 10:00 - 4:00
NIU Naperville

April 13th Meeting Materials

IHSEA Synopsis


IHSEA Documents

How IHSEA Works


Homeland Security Educational Initiative

NIU summaries

List of courses 2005-2006 - Draft

List of relevant programs

Undergraduate certificates

Graduate certificates