Please check back for the overall four-week curriculum and individual weekly schedules. All of these schedules will also be available on Sakai.
The majority of your day will consist of going to class, reading in preparation for class, and working with your team on your action learning projects. On average, classes are three to four hours a day. Certain classes can be up to six hours long, based on the topic and speaker. During class, you are given the opportunity to delve into your personal experiences and the knowledge you gained from the readings to debate high-level strategic concepts and theories with renowned faculty members. Blocks of time will be set aside each day for both Independent Study and for Team Project Group Work.
Sample Daily Itinerary
|7:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
||Breakfast and Independent Study
|10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
|12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
|1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
|3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
||Team Project Work
|6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
||Evening Independent Study
The faculty members of this program are pulled from universities across the University of North Carolina system, Duke University, the private sector, and the U.S. Military and Government. The two core instructors that teach the National Security portion of the course, Professor David Schanzer and Professor Tim Nichols, are esteemed professors in the academic realm of National Security and run the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security at Duke University. The core instructor that serves as the Lead Team Project Advisor, Dr. Hugh O’Neill, is a highly-respected professor at the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School and a well-accomplished professional in the business world. The faculty members that complement the weekly themes hold both the academic and personal experiences to discuss these topics. Their innovative methods and thinking styles will expose you as a student to the insight of how to strategically think and operate in a high-level atmosphere.
Over the course of four weeks, you will read scholarly articles, official government documents, and excerpts from books. This program is reading intensive, but the reading is selected by the faculty members to ensure that it correlates to the classes and sessions you will attend. The average amount of reading a night ranges from 40 pages to 120 pages. Faculty members are encouraged to provide one to three discussion questions to guide the students to focus on key parts of the reading. These questions will be posted and answered on the Canvas online forum and will be reviewed by the professor before class. The readings will provide all students a solid foundation of knowledge needed to engage and participate in the lectures and presentations.
During the first week of the program, students will be separated into teams of approximately five members. Each team will be assigned a current strategic issue the military is facing and the team is expected to spend the four weeks researching the issue with the end goal of proposing possible strategic solutions under the guidance of a project mentor, a specialist on the issue. Each team will be responsible for a paper as well as a presentation. On the final day of the program, teams will present their projects in front of a panel composed of the SSFP faculty, group mentors and other senior military leaders. Past topics have included the military’s energy usage, the military’s role in the war on drugs, and the military’s shifting focus to the Asia-Pacific region. These action learning projects allow for students to combine their personal experiences, the lessons and readings from class, and additional research on a strategic approach towards solving a key issue faced by the military.
Students have the potential to earn one and a half graduate credit hours upon the completion of the program. Grading will be on a Pass/Fail system. In order to gain full credit for completing the course, students must attain a “Pass” in grading. The panel will rank the final presentations and the faculty will grade the team paper. In conjunction with these components, students must be sure to contribute daily to class discussions, blog posts, and team group work.
Campus Accommodations & Facilities:
For four weeks, students will be staying at the newest apartment residence halls on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, Ram Village Apartments. Students will share an apartment with two to three roommates and the apartment has a kitchenette and a common area. Students will each have his/her own bedroom and closet and share a bathroom with a roommate. Majority of the supplies needed for the apartment will be provided (i.e., cleaning supplies, microwave, bedding, irons, etc.).
Ram Village 1
560 Paul Hardin Dr
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
All weekday meals and lunches on June 22nd and July 21st will be covered. The military will provide per diem on the weekends. On and near the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, there are several dining options – two dining halls, Subway, Alpine Bagel, Chic-Fil-A, and many more. There are also several dining, take-out, and delivery options on Franklin Street and in the surrounding area.
Classes will be held throughout the UNC campus. All classes are within a walking radius and free Chapel Hill Transit buses are available. Classes are only a ten-to-fifteen minute walk away. Certain classes will be held off-campus, such as the industry tour and battle ride. There will also be an opportunity for class to be held on the Duke University campus, where transportation will be provided. Please follow the “UNC Campus Map” Link to locate the classrooms.
Internet: It is required that you bring a laptop or tablet. You cannot use a government laptop. If you do not have one, please let the SSFP Team know. Your readings and daily presentation material will be provided to you electronically. You will also be required to log into the online classroom to contribute to the blogs every other day. Internet access is available on- campus; wireless internet is available in common areas (classrooms, residence hall lounges, libraries, etc.) and internet via Ethernet cord is available in the rooms. Please be sure to bring an Ethernet cord.
To find information on how to connect to the UNC Network for internet and printing services, please read through the document and the links below.
Phones: Residence hall rooms do not come with phones or phone lines.
Televisions: Televisions are available in the common areas of the residence hall primarily in the lobby, which includes a built-in DVD player and a PlayStation 3 central unit. You are welcome to bring games and controllers. The apartments do not have a TV or cable programming.
These links will provide you with the information to navigate around campus. Documents on this information will be provided for you in your welcome packet when you arrive Chapel Hill.
On-campus gym membership is provided for all participants. There are several fitness facilities across campus.
If you need something mailed to you, please have it sent to the IDB office and the program team will deliver the item(s) to you. Please have all packages mailed to:
UNC-IDB SSFP Program Office
Institute for Defense and Business
C/O Jaclyn Young for [your name]
1250 Environ Way
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Requirement: Laptop or Tablet Device
This course requires all students to bring a laptop or tablet to the four-week program. You CANNOT use government laptops. If you do not have one, please let the SSFP Team know. Your readings and daily presentation material will be provided to you electronically. You will also be required to log into the online classroom to contribute to the blogs every other day.
Internet access is available on-campus; wireless internet is available in common areas (classrooms, residence hall lounges, libraries, etc.) and internet via Ethernet cord is available in the rooms. Please be sure to bring an Ethernet cord. The UNC ONYEN you create will serve as the login for internet access.
Residence hall rooms do not come with phones or phone lines.
Televisions are available in the common areas of the residence hall primarily in the lobby, which includes a built-in DVD player. You are welcome to bring games and controllers. The apartments do not have a TV or cable programming.
Travel to and from Chapel Hill:
The SSFP program team asks that all students arrive in Chapel Hill, NC by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 22nd. The check-in time will be from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the UNC Campus.
Ram Village Building 1
560 Paul Hardin Dr
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Students will be housed in the Ram Village Apartments. You will have opportunities to settle in to the dorms, familiarize with the UNC campus, and interact with fellow students on Monday evening. The address of the building and driving directions will be provided to you soon.
The program will officially begin on Friday June 23rd, 2017. On Friday morning, you will get your UNC One Card (UNC’s student identification card) before Orientation begins in the afternoon. SSFP Orientation will take place on Tuesday afternoon where you will hear from the SSFP Team, the U.S. Army sponsor from the G3/5/7 office, and faculty on course expectations.
The program will end on Friday July 21st, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Rooms must be cleaned out and vacated by 10:00 a.m. Please arrange your return travel plans and flights to depart the morning of Friday, July 21st, 2017.
Are you flying?
The closest airport is Raleigh-Durham International (RDU) Airport, which is approximately 30 minutes away from the UNC campus. Transportation to and from the airport on Thursday, June 22nd and Friday, July 21st, 2017 will be coordinated based on travel itineraries. Please be sure to fill out the Travel Itinerary form.
Are you driving? Will you need parking?
For those of you allowed to drive your personal vehicles, obtaining a parking permit takes a few days, so in order to avoid getting parking tickets or accruing additional fees, you must fill out the Travel itinerary form as soon as possible. Without a valid parking permit, you will be required to park in an hourly parking deck at the rate of $1.50/hour without overnight parking. It would be your responsibility to move your car in and out each morning and evening until your valid parking permit is obtained. Please note, if you are renting a vehicle, you will need a permit.
Dress Code & Suggested Packing List:
For regular class days, Smart Casual clothing is welcome. For special guest visits, corporate visits, and strategic option proposal days, Business Casual is appropriate. The dress code for the opening reception and final presentations is Business Professional attire. The graduation ceremony on the evening of July 20th requires service military uniforms for military officers and business professional attire for civilians. Since you will be walking to classes each day, please bring comfortable dress shoes. Please note, we do ask that thong-type sandals not be worn. Same goes for flip-flop styles. Although North Carolina is known for warm summers, the classrooms can be cool at times, so a light sweater or jacket is recommended. Also, the weather is sometimes unpredictable so please pack rain gear (rain jacket, etc.) as well.
For some ideas on what defines Smart Casual, Business Casual, and Business Professional, here are some helpful guides (photos are included for reference):
Business Attire Guide, UT Austin McCombs School of Business (Great guide outlining what constitutes both Business Professional and Business Casual): https://www.mccombs.utexas.edu/~/media/Files/MSB/Student-Orgs/Diversity%20Council/F12_-_Instructional_Guide_-_Business_Attire.pdf
“The Beginner’s Guide to Men’s Smart Casual”, The Modern: https://www.grana.com/themodern/the-beginners-guide-to-mens-smart-casual/
“Smart Casual: What it Means and How to Do It” (for Women), Bridgette Raes Style Guide Expert: http://bridgetteraes.com/2014/08/12/smart-casual/
Of course, questions are welcome if you should need clarification. When in doubt, business casual always works!
ITEMS YOU NEED TO BRING
The following lists provide information on suggested items to bring with you.
- Laptop with Laptop Charger/ Tablets/ iPads (*required*)
- Writing utensils (Pens, Highlighters, Pencils, etc.)
- Ethernet Cord for laptops (suggested)
- Toothbrush, Toothpaste, and Floss
- Shower items (Body Wash, Shampoo/Conditioner, etc.)
- Shower shoes (if preferred)
- Towels and washcloths
- Hair Dryer (if needed)
- Comfortable casual clothing and shoes for down time (i.e., evenings after class)
- Smart Casual Attire (i.e., collared shirt and khaki shorts for men and comparable dress for women) for attending classes
- Business Casual Attire (i.e., collared button down shirt with slacks/khaki pants and comparable dress for women) for 2-3 events
- Military Service Uniform (for the Graduation Ceremony)
- Light Jacket/Sweater
- Clothes and shoes for the gym (if preferred)
- Close-toed shoes for off-campus visits (industry tour, battle ride, etc.)
- Comfortable walking dress shoes
- Medical Insurance Card
- Cash/ Credit Cards/ Debit Cards
- Driver’s License/ Legal Form of Identification
- Alarm Clock
- Small backpack to carry class materials (Laptop/Tablet, readings, etc.)
- Medicine (Prescription Medication, Tylenol/Advil, Pepto Bismol, etc.)
- Laundry Hamper/Bag
- Stain remover
- Bug Spray
- Fan (*Rooms are air-conditioned, but if you prefer sleeping in a really cold room.)
- Pillow (suggested)
- Water Bottle
ITEMS PROVIDED TO YOU
- New Linens (Blanket, Fitted Sheet, Flat Sheet, Pillowcase)
- 1 Pillow
- Shower Curtain
- Cleaning Supplies
- Toilet Paper
- Oven with Stove
- Coffee Maker
- Kitchen Utensils (Spatula, etc.)
- Paper Towels
- Cleaning Supplies
- Trash Can & Trash Bags
- Printer (found throughout campus and at Residence Hall)
Directions to Campus:
Please print out the directions provided in the document below prior to beginning your trip to Chapel Hill, NC. The address for Check-In is:
Ram Village 1
560 Paul Hardin Dr
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Please remember Check-In will take place from 1:00pm-5:00pm on Thursday, June 22nd. If you get lost or have an emergency, please contact Jaclyn Young (firstname.lastname@example.org or cell: 919-961-4338) as soon as possible.
Advice from SSFP Alumni:
- “It is a low-risk environment. Take a risk, talk in class, and try new briefing styles.”
- “This program has forced me to take the time to think about the government, look back at how decisions were made, and the reasons why they were made and how it has impacted the way we do business today as a nation.”
- “I’ve learned how to learn again.”
- “What SSFP has done is put our country, and the role I play in it, in perspective.”
- “SSFP is the perfect opportunity to step outside of your normal zone of comfort, explore new ideas and approaches to thought.”
- “Be ready to fully immerse yourself in big challenges. Force yourself to think outside of your foxhole and deliberately try to see the challenges facing our senior military and civilian leadership.”
- “Force yourself to speak like a civilian. In the media day, it was kind of sad to hear how institutionalized we as officers have become. It was insanely difficult for some of us to have a normal or intellectual conversation with a civilian without resorting to a dialect that we can hide behind. When dealing with civilians, buzz words like second and third order effects, fusion, ISR etc. only highlight a growing separation between us as officers and the people we work for and make absolutely no sense to anyone but us.”
- “Be current on foreign affairs at the time. They’ll be the context in which many of the classroom exercises will be conducted. Additionally, I’d recommend reading Samuel Huntington’s The Soldier and the State and Cohen’s Supreme Command prior to coming to the course. These two books set the intellectual logic for almost everything you’ll do there, particularly within the core curriculum.”
- “Expect to read a lot and leverage the experience that some of your peers will bring…as we discussed everyone has something to offer.”
- “Read up on current events (watch the news, read newspapers, and stay abreast of what is going on both internationally and domestically)”
Should you have any questions regarding the program, please contact Jaclyn Young. Contact information is provided below. Once again, we hope you will find the experience to be a rewarding and exciting one and look forward to welcoming you to Chapel Hill, North Carolina on Thursday, June 22nd!
Mrs. Zebrina Warner
Mrs. Jaclyn Young
Ms. Magdalena Mysliwiec