Federal agencies have granted honors to programs at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security designated the school as a National Center of Academic Excellence in information assurance/cyber-defense education. Only 65 schools have received the distinction so far.
The federal designation recognizes schools that promote research and produce experts that help reduce vulnerabilities in the nation's information infrastructure.
The designation also helps students apply for scholarships and grants through the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program and the Federal Cyber Service Scholarship for Service Program.