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Balancing emergency management and homeland security in undergraduate curriculums

Balancing Emergency Management and Homeland Security in Undergraduate Curriculums

Dr. Mike Collier & Dr. Fred May

Eastern Kentucky University

College of Justice & Safety

“A Program of Distinction”


Purpose: To demonstrate how robust Emergency Management and Homeland Security instruction can be included in a single bachelor’s degree curriculum!

Eastern Kentucky University, College of Justice & Safety, Homeland Security Program


National context
National Context Homeland Security instruction can be included in a single bachelor’s degree curriculum!

  • Prior to 9/11 there were a few Emergency Management and no Homeland Security post-secondary academic programs

  • Today there are over 400 post-secondary academic programs ranging from minors to doctoral degrees

  • These programs emerged with little to no academic or professional standards or guidelines on what should be included in a combined Emergency Management and Homeland Security degree program

  • There remain no widely accepted specialized accreditation bodies that encompass both Emergency Management and Homeland Security

Eastern Kentucky University, College of Justice & Safety, Homeland Security Program


Model curriculum project
Model Curriculum Project Homeland Security instruction can be included in a single bachelor’s degree curriculum!

  • June 2009 – the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) and Homeland Security and Defense Education Consortium Association (HSDECA) convened a meeting of academics and representatives from FEMA, DHS and DOD to outline a model undergraduate curriculum in Homeland Security & Emergency Management

  • The challenge was to develop a model curriculum that encompassed the diverse responsibilities of the Department of Homeland Security, including Emergency Management

Eastern Kentucky University, College of Justice & Safety, Homeland Security Program


Recommended Areas of Curriculum Focus Homeland Security instruction can be included in a single bachelor’s degree curriculum!

- Administration/Management - Intelligence Support - Research and Analysis - Critical Infrastructure - Emergency Management - Strategic Planning - Technology - Law and Policy - Strategic Communications - Terrorism/Counterterrorism - The Private Sector and Disaster Preparedness

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Recommended Underlying Concepts Homeland Security instruction can be included in a single bachelor’s degree curriculum!

  • The following themes should underlay all courses and curricula:

    • Ethics

    • Critical Thinking

    • Excellence in Oral/Written Communications

    • “Whole of Society” Approach to Policies, Resources, Operations

    • Planning

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Eku homeland security history
EKU Homeland Security History Homeland Security instruction can be included in a single bachelor’s degree curriculum!

  • 2005-2006 EKU College of Justice & Safety faculty committee from Fire Science, Criminal Justice, Emergency Medical Care and Assets Protection & Security programs formed to create a degree program that combined Emergency Management and Homeland Security instruction in one curriculum for a BS in Homeland Security

  • Major themes in first curriculum:

    • Al-Hazards Threat (not just counterterrorism)

    • Critical Infrastructure Protection

    • Emergency Management

    • Strong Analytic Content

    • Required Minor for More Mainstream Degrees

    • Leverage EKU specialization in asset protection and emg. services

    • Recognized Faculty Gaps: Intelligence & Federal/State-Level Emergency Management

  • 2007-2008 First students enrolled in new major

Eastern Kentucky University, College of Justice & Safety, Homeland Security Program


Eku homeland security history cont
EKU Homeland Security History (cont.) Homeland Security instruction can be included in a single bachelor’s degree curriculum!

  • EKU Enrollments:

    • 2007-2008 –48

    • 2008-2009 – 111

    • 2009-2010 – 157

    • 2010-2011 – 220

    • 2011-2012 – 250 (plus 60 online students)

  • 2009-2010 EKU faculty used the CHDS/HSDECA model curriculum results to revise original curriculum—added 4 major and 7 supporting courses to meet CHDS/HSDECA model curriculum recommendations

  • Revised degree started Fall 2010

Eastern Kentucky University, College of Justice & Safety, Homeland Security Program


Curriculum design realities
Curriculum Design Realities Homeland Security instruction can be included in a single bachelor’s degree curriculum!

  • Curriculum is owned by the faculty:

    • Curriculums are tailored to faculty resources and capabilities

    • Faculty are not likely to accept curriculums developed by other institutions—except as a benchmark

  • Curriculum must meet the individual educational approach of home institution:

    • EKU provides all students a strong foundation in the liberal arts (48 hour liberal arts General Education)

    • Critical and Creative Thinking and Communication Skills are taught throughout EKU curriculums as part of university Quality Enhancement Program (QEP)

    • EKU College of Justice & Safety has national reputation in first responder and security management areas to include degrees in Criminal Justice, Police Studies, Fire Science, Occupational Safety, Emergency Medical Care, Assets Protection & Security

    • Department approach is to provide applied science degrees based on requirements of the professional employers –public and private—resulting in robust curriculums with minimal available credits for minors and free electives in 120 hour degree programs

Eastern Kentucky University, College of Justice & Safety, Homeland Security Program


Homeland security curriculum components
Homeland Security Homeland Security instruction can be included in a single bachelor’s degree curriculum! Curriculum Components

  • Major Core Courses (all required)

    • HLS 1o1 Intro to Homeland Security

    • HLS 225 Legal/Ethical Issues in Homeland Security

    • HLS 301 Critical Infrastructure Protection

    • HLS 391 Risk & Vulnerability Assessment

    • HLS 401 Intelligence Process

  • Major Supporting Courses (all required)

    • APS 210 Physical Security

    • PLS 375 Terrorism/Counterterrorism OR

    • POL 415 Terrorism and Political Violence

  • Major Elective Courses (2 required)

    • HLS 341 Cyber Security

    • HLS 349 Coop/Internship

    • HLS 402 Counterintelligence

    • HLS 430 Domestic Terrorism

    • HLS 435 Special Topics

      • Border & Immigration Control

      • Transportation Security

      • Aviation Security

      • Homeland Defense

      • Rural Homeland Security

      • Maritime Security

      • Agricultural Security

Eastern Kentucky University, College of Justice & Safety, Homeland Security Program


Emergency management curriculum components
Emergency Management Curriculum Components Homeland Security instruction can be included in a single bachelor’s degree curriculum!

  • Major Core Courses (all required)

    • HLS 201 Emergency Management (intro)

    • HLS 451 Disaster Planning and Response

    • HLS 461 Mitigation and Disaster Recovery

  • Major Supporting Courses (all required)

    • EMC 450 Disaster Medical Operations

    • FSE 310 WMD/HazMat

    • GEO 210 Introduction to Physical Geography

    • GEO 353 Geographic Information Systems

  • Major Elective Courses (2 required)

    • HLS 349 Coop/Internship

    • HLS 491 Emergency Planning

    • HLS 435 Special Topics

      • Modern Natural Disasters

      • Crime in Disasters

      • Business Continuity & EM

      • HS and Public Health

      • Incidents of National Significance

Eastern Kentucky University, College of Justice & Safety, Homeland Security Program


Courses supporting emergency management and homeland security
Courses Supporting Emergency Management and Homeland Security

  • Major Core Courses (all required)

    • HLS 321W Critical Problem Analysis

    • HLS 441 Homeland Security Technology

    • HLS 495 Homeland Security Colloquium (Capstone)

      • Strategic Planning

      • Strategic Communications

      • Leadership

      • Applied Critical and Creative Thinking

  • Major Supporting Courses (all required)

    • HIS 203 US History since 1877 (current history)

    • PSY 200 Introduction to Psychology

    • POL 101 US Government

    • STA 215 Statistics

    • MGT 301 Principles of Management OR

    • POL 370 Introduction to Public Administration

Eastern Kentucky University, College of Justice & Safety, Homeland Security Program


Eku bs curriculum summary
EKU BS Curriculum Summary Security

  • Major Courses: 11

  • Major Elective Courses: select 2

  • Required Supporting Courses (other programs): 11

  • General Education Courses (liberal arts): 11

  • Free Elective Courses: 5

  • Total BS Credits: 120

Eastern Kentucky University, College of Justice & Safety, Homeland Security Program


Incorporation of science technology in the curriculum
Incorporation of Science & SecurityTechnology in the Curriculum

Homeland Security

Emergency Management

  • Disaster and Threat Modeling:

    • Disasters are Cascading Systems

    • Detailed and Systematic Modeling of disasters

      • Generic Models

      • Historic Models

      • Development and Analysis of Models

    • Phraseology

    • Threat Logic

    • Pathway Analysis

    • Hypothesis Modeling

    • Cascading Probabilities

Scientific method and Statistics

Scientific approach to risk and vulnerability assessment

Basic and advanced intelligence structural analysis techniques

Geographic Information Systems

Cyber Security

WMD & Hazardous Materials

Homeland Security Technology

Physical Security

Emergency Management

Border and Immigration Control

Transportation Security

Eastern Kentucky University, College of Justice & Safety, Homeland Security Program


Incorporation of critical and creative thinking in curriculum
Incorporation of Critical and Creative Thinking in Curriculum

  • EKU Quality Enhancement Program (QEP) started 2007

  • Basic Critical Thinking in first year Academic Orientation courses

  • Critical Thinking reinforced in General Education two English Composition and one Writing Intensive courses

  • Critical Thinking reinforced in BS gateway HLS 101 Intro to HS and HLS 201 EM courses

  • Other General Education can reinforce Critical Thinking

  • HLS 321 Critical Problem Analysis provides advanced in-depth Critical Thinking and introduces Creative Thinking

  • HLS 401 Intelligence Support, HLS 451 Disaster Planning and Response, HLS 461 Mitigation and Disaster Recovery, HLS 491 Emergency Planning all based on a Critical and Creative Thinking framework

  • Students may enroll in new Minor in Applied Creative Thinking –new HS/EM courses:

    • Leadership: A Creative Approach

    • Surviving the Future Creatively

  • HLS 495 Homeland Security Colloquium (Capstone) assesses Critical and Creative Thinking via group projects, writing assignments and formal CAT evaluation

  • Internship supervisors assess student critical thinking abilities

Eastern Kentucky University, College of Justice & Safety, Homeland Security Program


Flexible use of em and hs courses
Flexible Use of EM and HS Courses Curriculum

  • EKU courses also support:

    • Minor in Homeland Security (18 credits)

    • Minor in Emergency Management (18 credits)

    • Certificate in Homeland Security (24 credits)

    • Certificate in Emergency Management (24 credits)

    • Certificate in Intelligence Studies (24 credits)

    • Associates of General Studies, with HS Concentration (63 credits)

    • Fully online Homeland Security Program started Fall 2011

Eastern Kentucky University, College of Justice & Safety, Homeland Security Program


Comparing old and new eku curriculums
Comparing Old and New EKU Curriculums Curriculum

Old Curriculum

New Curriculum

  • Gaps in several areas.

  • Many students enrolled looking for an easy major and with lower ACT scores and GPAs.

  • Provides robust preparation in emergency management, infrastructure protection and policy/intelligence support.

  • Addition of math and science requirements has enrolled more serious students with higher ACT scores and GPAs.

Eastern Kentucky University, College of Justice & Safety, Homeland Security Program


Em and hs more than a curriculum
EM and HS: More than a Curriculum Curriculum

  • Faculty act as academic and career advisors with each faculty member having a minimum 10 years experience as practitioner

  • Strong faculty liaison with Kentucky HS and EM community

  • Frequent practitioners as guest speakers (class & keynotes)

  • Internship/Cooperative Study Opportunities in Kentucky HS and EM community

  • Student Club “HALT”: Focuses on professional advancement participate in HS and EM exercises, augment EOCs, tour government and private sector facilities

Eastern Kentucky University, College of Justice & Safety, Homeland Security Program


Emergency management partnerships
Emergency Management - Partnerships Curriculum

  • Service Learning (HLS 491 Emergency Planning)

  • Formal Guest Lecture Schedule with Kentucky Division of Emergency Management

  • Periodic Guest Lecturers from other Emergency Management Organizations

  • HALT: Student Club Involvement with Madison County Emergency Management Agency—exercises, EOC augmentation, etc.

  • Internships in Emergency Management

    • Students at Madison and other County EMA/EOCs

      • Geographic Information Systems Skills in Demand

    • Students at Kentucky Division of Emergency Management

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Emergency Management Curriculum

Highlights

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Applied knowledge
Applied Knowledge Homeland Security Program

Disaster Exercises

Service Learning Projects

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Applied science
Applied Science Homeland Security Program

Eastern Kentucky University, College of Justice & Safety, Homeland Security Program


Applied creativity constructing and analyzing models
Applied Creativity Homeland Security ProgramConstructing and Analyzing Models

  • Disaster Modeling and Analysis

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Analyzing models
Analyzing Models Homeland Security Program

  • Antecedent Conditions

  • Primary Threat

  • Terminal Threats

  • Cascading Probabilities

  • Cascading Hypotheses

  • Pathway Analysis

  • Collectives Analysis

  • Three-Fold Analysis for Change

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Socratic questioning models
Socratic Questioning Models Homeland Security Program

Eastern Kentucky University, College of Justice & Safety, Homeland Security Program


Analyzing content case studies
Analyzing Content – Case Studies Homeland Security Program

Eastern Kentucky University, College of Justice & Safety, Homeland Security Program


Team thinking single and third mind reasoning
Team Thinking Homeland Security ProgramSingle and Third Mind Reasoning

ELEMENT

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Guest lecture series
Guest Lecture Series Homeland Security Program

  • Emergency Planning

  • Local Emergency Planning Committees

  • Volunteer Management

  • Resource Management

  • Disaster Recovery

  • Hazard Mitigation

  • Earthquake Preparedness

  • Kentucky Community Crisis Response

  • Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC)

  • Emergency Operations Planning

  • University Emergency Planning

  • Hospital Emergency Planning

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Questions or discussion

Questions or Discussion? Homeland Security Program

Dr. Mike Collier

Tel: 859-622-6762, [email protected]

Dr. Fred May

Tel: 859-622-1464, [email protected]


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