DOD - Strategic Language Initiative
Our nation’s defense, diplomatic and business employers need affordable and accessible strategic language instruction programs. SMI worked with five state-wide campuses to form and secure funding for the Strategic Language Initiative consortium, an effective, campus-based language learning program.
SMI coordinated the consortium’s interaction with the DOD National Security Education Program (NSEP) and worked on Congressional appropriations to fund the effort.
Through its efforts, SMI helped this consortium secure more than $7.5 million in funds for the Strategic Language Initiative, a significant amount of funding for a non-engineering project. The lasting legacy of this federal investment will be an instructional model that effectively responds to the national challenge to graduate more professionals with language and cultural knowledge and skills for an increasingly interdependent global world.