Date of Award

2013

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Education

Abstract

The National Security Education Program, established under the National Security Education Act of 1991, has had a post-funding service requirement in the Federal Government for undergraduate scholarship and graduate fellowship recipients since its inception. The service requirement, along with the concern that the National Security Education Program was and remains funded by the United States Department of Defense, was very controversial in the early years of the program and remains a concern for some faculty and scholarly organizations to this day. Questions arise about whether the National Security Education Program is successfully achieving government objectives of employing National Security Education Program Alumni in critical areas of federal service and how long National Security Education Program Alumni are working in such positions. The research question of this study is: In what areas of government and for what duration (retention) National Security Education Program Alumni worked? This research project surveyed National Security Education Program Alumni from the first ten years of the program as a means to answer the research question. The project was a quantitative endeavor and the results demonstrate that the National Security Education Program is successful in meeting the goals, both past and present, set forth in the legislation for the scholarship and fellowship initiatives of the program.

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