Memorandum of Understanding between EFLT and DAU establishes new student pipeline for College of Education

November 1, 2021

Leslie Cordie HeadshotOn October 13, 2021, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed forming a new partnership between the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) and the Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Technology within the AU College of Education.

The memorandum, signed by Mr. Joseph Johnson, DAU Chief of Staff, and Provost Bill Hardgrave, provides a formal path by which students completing DAU courses can transfer credits toward degree programs to be completed at Auburn. Dr. Leslie Cordie, Associate Professor in EFLT, was responsible for developing the partnership and will serve as the Lead Educator providing coordination between Auburn and the DAU Strategic Partnership Office.

The Defense Acquisition University was created in 1991 as an educational institution under the US Department of Defense. DAU’s mission is to provide training in logistics, management, and technology to military personnel, federal civilian staff and contractors. Headquartered at Fort Belvoir Virginia, with campuses in Alabama, California, Maryland, and Ohio, DAU offers training in 14 career areas to 150,000 defense personnel stationed throughout the world. DAU courses are fully accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training, the Council on Occupational Education, and the American Council on Education.

“We are excited about this opportunity with DAU as it provides us with a diverse group of potential students from the military, government and civilian world,” Cordie said. “These are highly motivated professionals who will be able to take advantage of our Adult Education certificate and Master’s programs to meet the ever-changing needs of the workforce.”

The memorandum establishes procedures identifying DAU courses that will be deemed appropriate for use as transfer credits toward Adult Education degree programs. DAU students choosing to enter Auburn will pay standard tuition and fees. In addition to opening a new pipeline for well-qualified students, the memorandum will provide global advertisement of Auburn, the College of Education and EFLT by including Auburn University signage and website links on the DAU Partnership website at