Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences

Date of Last Revision

2024-01-17 07:06:20


Emergency Management and Homeland Security

Honors Course

EMHS 480 (Capstone)

Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Fall 2023


There are numerous threats to U.S. National Security within higher education. Through this paper, I will provide an analysis of current and future threats using a literature review and informational interviewing. The literature review revealed four major National Security threats facing higher education institutions due to Foreign Intelligence Entities (FIE): foreign recruitment of faculty and students, increase in foreign students and screening difficulties, campus openness/easy access to facilities and information, and foreign funding for research. A set of informational interviews were conducted with The University of Akron faculty, employees, and partners to evaluate whether these same threats were present. The results confirmed that many threats overlapped with the literature review. A risk analysis was conducted to connect each FIE threat with the vulnerability of UA, resulting in two categories of risk to U.S. National Security: intellectual property theft, and FIE infiltration and espionage. The University of Akron can close the education gap between faculty/researchers and the Intelligence Community (IC) to reduce vulnerabilities and threats.

Research Sponsor

Stacy Willett

First Reader

Jeffrey Pellegrino

Second Reader

Benjamin Rochester

Honors Faculty Advisor

Stacy Willett

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