About ACE

The CSU Consortium for an Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence was established in the Fall of 2006 with a multi-year, multi-million dollar grant from the U.S. Intelligence Community. The Consortium is composed of seven CSU campuses, including CSU Bakersfield, Dominguez Hills, Fullerton, Long Beach, Northridge, San Bernardino and Cal Poly Pomona. The program is housed in the National Security Studies (M.A.) program at the CSU San Bernardino campus.

The program is designed to increase the pool of eligible applicants for positions in the intelligence community for students of all backgrounds in the study of national security, intelligence, foreign area studies, language proficiency, geographical expertise and related competencies.
The project goals include increasing awareness among university and high school students in the southern CSU service region of career opportunities in the intelligence community and developing skill sets relevant to intelligence community careers. The project includes:

  • Designing unique Programs of Study (POS) at each CSU campus in the Consortium to develop critical intelligence community skills sets.
  • Creating an Intelligence Community Center Scholars program; CSU students apply to this selective program, take courses in the IC Scholars POS, receive study abroad travel scholarships, and participate in internships at IC agencies.
  • Forming partnerships with Consortium members to host outreach activities, collaborative programs and annual academic colloquia on topics of interest in world affairs.
  • Developing a high school outreach program to promote awareness about the intelligence community, including a summer camp focused on intelligence and foreign affairs.