IHSEA FAQs - NIU - Homeland Security

Illinois Homeland Security Education Alliance FAQs

  1. What institutions can join the Illinois Homeland Security Education Alliance (IHSEA)?
    At this time IHSEA participation is limited to the 12 Illinois public universities. Illinois community colleges and private colleges and universities as well as out-of-state institutions have not yet been included.
  2. How does the role of NIU and WIU differ from that of other universities in the Alliance?
    NIU and WIU developed the HECA proposal that has provided funding for the development of the IHSEA. These two schools have assumed the leadership for the Alliance.
  3. What does the HECA grant cover?
    The grant provides funding for the salary of the quarter time Alliance Coordinator and the two campus coordinators. It also funds the some of the costs of meetings and teleconferences, printing, development of a website, marketing costs, outside evaluation and annual audit among other items. It does not cover travel expenses for any university employees other than the coordinator and participating faculty members.
  4. Who gets the tuition and fees generated by shared courses?
    In general, the funds will be divided between the offering school, the student's home school, and the Alliance. The details of the distribution of this income will be worked out and specified in the IHSEA Memoranda of Agreement.
  5. Is the Alliance involved with the development of the homeland security core course?
    Although the Illinois homeland security core course has been developed at NIU, there is no direct connection between the Alliance and the course. We expect the course to be used in some programs facilitated by the Alliance.
  6. How does the course sharing through the IHSEA differ from routine articulation and transferring of courses?
    Course articulation is a system for facilitating the transfer of courses from one institution to another. The transfer takes place student by student and after the course has been taken. The transferred courses are so designated on the student's transcript and are usually not included in grade point calculations.

The course sharing through the IHSEA is pre-planned at the program level. The home university accepts the course provided by the offering institution as completely appropriate for their homeland security program. A student registers for the course through the home university, takes the courses, and receives a grade that shows on the transcript like any other grade. The home university does not have to develop and offer the course, freeing resources for other uses.