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U.S. Coast Guard Academy Cultural Competence Assessment



The U.S. Coast Guard Academy (USCGA), located in New London, CT, is a four-year, tuition-free federal service academy that prepares its cadets physically, intellectually, and ethically for careers in the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG). Graduates earn a commission as an Ensign and are obligated to serve 5 years in the service. Cadets can earn a Bachelor of Science degree in one of nine engineering and professional majors, while also participating in intercollegiate and club athletics, music, community service, and other extracurricular activities.


Section 8272 of the Coast Guard Academy Improvement Act, part of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2021, requires the Secretary of Homeland Security to contract with the National Academy of Public Administration (the Academy) to conduct two discreet one-year studies focusing on the USCGA. The first is a study to enhance the cultural competency of the USCGA. Following the submission of that report, a second study will immediately commence focusing on USCGA admission processes, building on what was learned in the first study.

The first Academy study will include:

  • A comprehensive assessment of the current cultural competency and diversity, equity, and inclusion resources and capabilities of the USCGA.
  • Analysis of institutional practices, policies, and structures, and any other areas of focus deemed appropriate in assessing the USCGA’s cultural competence.
  • Recommendations to enhance USCGA cultural competence, which may include outreach and recruitment; modifying structures and practices to foster a more diverse cadet corps body, faculty, and staff workforce; and modifying policies to foster retention of cadets, faculty, and staff.

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Project Overview


If you have any questions or comments regarding the study, please contact, Brenna Isman, Director of Academy Studies (