Welcome to the Office of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Accreditation Division (IRAAD), the official Joint Forces Staff College (JFSC) site for institutional data, reports, and accreditation information.

JFSC is one of five colleges within the National Defense University (NDU). The mission of the Joint Forces Staff College is to educate national security professionals to plan and execute operational-level joint, multinational, and interagency operations to instill a primary commitment to joint, multinational, and interagency teamwork, attitudes, and perspectives. The four schools within JFSC focus on educating military officers and other leaders in matters relating to operational-level warfare.


The mission of the Office of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Accreditation Division, is to provide exceptional research, assessment and support services to complement the JFSC mission and to facilitate accreditation of graduate-level programs.

IRAAD goals:

  • Coordinate institutional assessment activities, including data collection, analysis, and reporting
  • Consult with schools in the development and implementation of their assessment plans
  • Provide assistance in the following areas: developing/identifying student learning outcomes, selecting and developing assessment techniques, collecting and analyzing data, and using results to make improvements
  • Stay current on research literature and accepted practices in assessment and institutional research
  • Document assessment processes and serve as a clearinghouse for assessment information
  • Serve as the contact office for the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for students and faculty pursuing research involving human subjects.

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As part of our continuous improvement efforts, we are developing partnerships with select higher education institutions that provide educational services to our graduates assigned to military higher headquarters locations worldwide. Our goal is to encourage our graduates to maximize the higher educational experiences gained in our environment by pursuing masters or terminal degrees in areas that are mutually advantageous for them and the Department of Defense. Among the specific programs of study our graduates choose are International Relations, Business, Strategic Planning, History, Regional Study, or Urban Planning.