Preparing today's professionals to meet tomorrow's challenges.

Radford University is delivering Innovative Mobile Personalized Accelerated Competency Training (IMPACT): a competency-based education (CBE) workforce development program focused on cybersecurity.

Radford University is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) by both the National Security Agency (NSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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Video Feature: IMPACT, a competency-based education (CBE) workforce development program focused on cybersecurity.

What makes IMPACT unique?

  • Builds a foundation for a career in cybersecurity
  • Curriculum designed for professionals by professionals
  • Improve employee effectiveness and retention
  • Designed for busy professionals
  • Structured, self-paced learning activities
  • Delivered asynchronously online
  • Designed to improve skills, acquisition and retention
  • Embeds learning sciences, analytics, scenario-based learning and gamification principles
  • Virtual testing lab for each learner
  • Collaborative environment encourages networking with experts and other learners
  • Covers five out of seven domains of the NIST Cybersecurity Workforce Framework
  • Compliant with DoD 8140 directive
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IMPACT Standards and Certification Alignment

  • Directly aligned with national standards:
    • National Institute for Science and Technology (NIST)
    • National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE)
  • Focused on preparing learners for professional certification exams*:
    • CISSP
    • SANS GCIH*
    • SANS GPEN*
    • CompTIA Security+
    • CompTIA Network+

    *Although our IMPACT training will help prepare you for professional certification exams, additional preparation will be necessary due to the complexity and proprietary nature of the respective exam content.

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  1. Historic grant propels Radford University to national forefront »


    Radford University's IMPACT program was awarded a historic three-year, $13.8 million grant by the U.S. Department of Education’s Supporting Effective Educator Development Grant Program. The grant began on Oct. 1 and runs through Sept. 30, 2020 and is the largest grant in the history of Radford University and boosts Radford’s annual grant funding by more than 50 percent in the first fiscal year.

  2. President Hemphill cites university’s progress and momentum in his first Radford University State of the University address »


    In his inaugural State of the University address to the Radford University family, President Brian O. Hemphill reflected on a successful 2016-17 academic year and looked toward a bright academic future.

  3. Radford University awarded NSA grant to boost cybersecurity outreach »


    Radford University is the recipient of a $140,250 National Security Agency (NSA) grant that will enhance the university’s robust cybersecurity outreach.

  4. BOV recognizes Radford University IMPACT program with resolution »


    The Radford University Board of Visitors (BOV) approved a resolution at the Sept. 15 campus BOV meeting that recognizes the university’s brand new competency-based education program, Innovative Mobilized Personalized Accelerated Competency Training.

  5. IMPACT featured in the media »


    The launch of Radford University’s Innovative Mobile Personalized Accelerated Competency Training, or IMPACT, was featured in an array of media outlets after its announcment on Sept. 8.

  6. Radford University announces new IMPACT program »


    Radford University announced today the launch of an innovative new competency-based education (CBE) program that will position the university as a national leader in training working professionals for high-demand occupations.

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What is competency-based education (CBE)?

Competency-based education (CBE) is a training approach that focuses on teaching specific job-related skills that are needed to perform a critical task within a workplace context.

CBE decouples learning from time-based models, such as three-hour courses and 14-week semesters that use the Carnegie Unit as a metric for learning.

The most effective and scalable CBE approach uses an online platform to deliver asynchronous, self-paced learning modules aligned with workplace competencies.

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Contact us to learn more about IMPACT


For any questions, you may also contact Matt Dunleavy, Ph.D., executive director of IMPACT, at or 540-831-7168.