University of Northern Colorado Board of Trustees unanimously approved at its meeting March 13 an online graduate program in criminal justice, making it the only program of its kind in the Rocky Mountain region.
The two-year master's level program will be delivered online to accommodate schedules of working professionals in law enforcement across sectors - ranging from police officers and civilian workers to probation officers, victim advocates and employees in juvenile and adult correctional facilities - and provide opportunities for them to further their education. Many agencies across the country require additional education for advancement, said Criminal Justice Professor Philip Reichel.
Reichel said faculty will use evidence-based practices, including applying standards of quality for online programs and incorporating up-to-date research to the courses. The program, which extends the current bachelor's degree offering in Criminal Justice, will begin this fall with a group of about 10 students. Cohort groups will be added each fall. It will be offered through UNC's Office of Extended Studies.
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