CIAC's Guiding Principles for Student Education


CIAC is devoted to the academic growth of all students through six principles:

Dr. Thamilarasu teaching class

  1. Proven pedagogical model: Classroom methods guide students from novice to expert skill levels, and prepare them for the dynamic nature of the IA/Cyber fields.
  2. Blending academics and practice: Courses are taught by expert practitioners who blend theory and practice for the benefit of the students.
  3. Active learning: Students are encouraged to learn through real world projects and research brought into the classroom from organizations such as the National Security Agency, T-Mobile, Microsoft, Boeing, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and the Honeynet Project.
  4. Encourage professional affiliation: The Pacific Northwest region has a thriving community of IA/Cyber professionals. Students are required to affiliate with the Agora, Infragard, and others to gain different perspectives on IA/Cyber challenges. They are encouraged to join ISSA or ISACA, depending on their interests.
  5. Exposure to career opportunities: The UW Information and Engineering Schools (iSchool, CECS) hold annual career fairs that IA/Cyber students are encouraged to attend. Time in class is spent discussing what employers are looking for, including invited guests from some of the leading employers of IA/Cyber professionals.
  6. Personalized career and education guidance: Professors and researchers work personally with each student to be certain their personal, educational, and career goals align, ensuring retention and ultimate success upon graduation.

Image: Professor Geethapriya Thamilarasu teaching at UW Bothell


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