The University of Fairfax Celebrates 20 Years Educating Students

SALEM, VA – The University of Fairfax is proud to celebrate its 20th year educating students in their graduate and terminal degrees. UoF had its start after the tragedy on September 11. The government, wanting to prevent disasters like that from happening again, worked to change our information systems and the way information is transferred between government agencies and private sectors. The need for cybersecurity professionals rose, and the University of Fairfax was created to meet the demand. The University of Fairfax has dedicated its time to providing degree programs that promote the excellency of cybersecurity, in contrast to many universities who only offer information security or information assurance as degree concentrations.

“We are proud to continually provide cybersecurity education as the country’s need for it rises,” says University of Fairfax president, Frank Longaker. “The University of Fairfax will continue to educate career professionals looking to secure their future with a degree program from our institution.”

In 2002, The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) certified the University as an institution of higher learning. Over the following year, a select group of educators and senior cybersecurity practitioners from organizations that included Ernst &Young, Anteon, CSC, and the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) developed a curriculum designed to meet cybersecurity employers’ needs. This group of professionals became the University’s initial faculty. Since then, UoF has added degree programs in business and information technology to secure the futures of those looking to expand their career development. University of Fairfax has been providing quality online degree programs since 2004, and in 2012, the University was accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education.

2003 marked the first year of graduate students attending the University of Fairfax, and in 2004 the first graduates earned their Master’s in Science degrees. And 2007 was the first year UoF awarded its first doctoral degrees. Since its conception, the University of Fairfax mission has been to “offer flexible, in-demand distance education programs that meet the needs of employers in a changing global marketplace. The University designs quality programs that foster critical thinking, effective communication, and collaboration in career-focused disciplines. The programs offer students practitioner-focused curricula that advance applied knowledge and research in applicable contemporary career fields.”

The University of Fairfax’s motto “Secure Your Future” has been a meaning for both the student and the country. Not only does the student secure their future in the ever-growing fields of cybersecurity, business, and information technology, but they secure the future of the nation by joining these careers to increase our national defense. The University of Fairfax will continue to provide education to those developing professionals. To learn more about our history, go to To learn more about UoF’s eLearning approach to your education, go to

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