Director, Policy & Governance/Assistant Dean

Mr. Tony Battle
Director, Policy & Governance/Assistant Dean


The mission of the Assistant Dean is to analyze, design, develop, implement, and evaluate educational and training curriculum for the Army’s Noncommissioned Officer Professional Military Education in an ever-changing transformational learning environment and to support the Army’s mission in developing leaders. The directorate supports the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy in developing, educating, and training critical thinking, problem solving, agile, adaptive, and innovative noncommissioned officers. The directorate builds upon and integrates a versatile mix of educational capabilities and learning models to strengthen the Army to meet the challenges of decisive action under unified land operations.


To help develop the NCO of 2020 and beyond by producing curriculum that prepares noncommissioned officers to work through complex problems and succeed as part of any unit while contributing to strengthening the force. We will strive to enhance the U.S. Army’s ability to learn fast and adapt quickly to maintain that competitive advantage while keeping pace with technological change and the educational evolution of our Army’s accelerated learning environment.

The Assistant Dean of USASMA

The USASMA became Command and General Staff College’s fourth school on 21 March 2018 and is recognized as a CGSC branch campus by the Higher Learning Commission. The USASMA receives staff and logistics support from the Noncommissioned Officer Leadership Center of Excellence (NCOL CoE) on Fort Bliss, TX.

The NCOL CoE’s Commandant, Deputy Commandant, and Director of Education serve concurrently as leaders of the USASMA. The NCOL CoE’s Director of Education is the Assistant Dean of the USASMA. In addition to delivering the resident and non-resident Sergeants Major Course (SMC), USASMA provides a twelve-week SMC International Student Pre-Course and eight day Spouse Leader Development Course. The USASMA also maintains an on-line preparatory course for SMC candidates called Distributed Learning Course V (DLC V).

Academic governance is the orchestration of efforts among those elements within an educational institution whose principal functions involve execution or direct support of instruction, curriculum design, maintenance of academic standards, or academic research so as to ensure fulfillment of the academic mission.

The assistant dean of academics exercises authority through the school and academic staff over all aspects of the academic enterprise. These specifically relate to five basic domains: (1) faculty, (2) students, (3) curriculum and instruction, (4) standards and compliance, and (5) research. The assistant dean has oversight of faculty appointments, credentials, promotions, rights and responsibilities, and professional development. Faculty members are participants in institutional governance and policy creation through councils or other formally constituted bodies. The assistant dean has oversight of students when they are directly engaged in academic endeavors. This oversight encompasses awards, grading policies, discipline and the conferring of degrees.

The assistant dean ensures that curriculum and instruction accomplish the academic mission as defined in individual and programmatic learning objectives. Leaders and faculty share responsibility for the coherence of the curriculum and the integrity of academic processes. The assistant dean ensures that the constituent schools and programs meet all relevant standards to maintain accreditation pursuant to the educational mission, and the awarding of degrees, diplomas or certificates. The assistant dean has oversight of faculty, student and institutional research to ensure that it conforms to prevailing standards of quality, ethics, and relevance.

Academic governance does not involve policies concerning non-faculty personnel, institutional budgets, or facilities management except insofar as their planning may bear on the academic governance process.

CGSC Academic Governance, Programs, and Policies


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