One of NDU’s educational standards, as prescribed by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Officer Professional Military Education Policy, is to “develop joint awareness, perspective, and attitudes” (CJCSI 1800.01E). Specifically, NDU curricula prepare graduates to operate in a joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational environment, reflected in the mix of students and faculty, the critical analyses of current and emerging national strategies from a joint perspective, and a commitment to joint and interagency cooperation.
The Joint Acculturation Survey is designed to measure the development of joint attitudes and perspectives, common beliefs, and trust, which occurs when diverse groups such as our student body come into continuous direct contact. Beginning in AY 2017-18, all NDU master’s students complete the instrument at the beginning of the academic year and again near graduation.
Students reported a much higher “ability to effectively contribute to a joint team” at the end of the program (Mean = 6.4, SD = 0.72) as compared to their ability at the beginning (Mean = 5.7, SD = 1.23). In addition, perceptions of the various US Service cultures changed over time, as shown by the following charts. At the pre-test occasion, each Service has a fairly unique and non-circular pattern on the radar chart, which represents scores on a nine-item semantic differential scale. At the post-test occasion, the patterns are more similar, circular, and overlapping, indicating a trend towards perceiving fewer differences or more “jointness.”
Perceptions of US Service Cultures: Pre-test
Perceptions of US Service Cultures: Post-test