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Sept. 11, 2015
Northwest Missouri State University will launch a comprehensive undergraduate major in criminology and criminal justice after the University’s Board of Regents approved the new program during its regular meeting Thursday.
The new multi-disciplinary bachelor’s degree program, which begins in fall 2016, will focus on the study of crimes and systems in place while offering emphasis areas of the adult system, juvenile system and diversity. Instruction will involve faculty in the areas of history, political science, sociology, psychology and geography.
Presenting the curriculum proposal to the Board, Northwest Provost Dr. Timothy Mottet said criminology has been identified by Northwest as a program that supports its strategic planning, and demand for the program among prospective students is high. Northwest’s advisement staff also places criminal justice among the top three majors for which they receive inquiries, Mottet said.
Northwest will create 11 courses for the program on topics such as the history of terrorism, crime and punishment, probation and parole, evidence and investigation, and victimization. Additionally, the Board of Regents approved the addition of an assistant professor in criminology to develop and teach courses within the new degree program.
Mottet said Northwest’s criminology and criminal justice program will differ from those at other regional universities in that it will prepare graduates for a broad range of careers in local, state and federal agencies such as police departments, border patrol or the Transportation Security Administration. Graduates of the program will have the knowledge base to work as police officers, investigators, crime analysts, correctional officers or security intelligence as well as lawyers.
Other key drivers to launch the program, Mottet said, include the demand by students already studying criminal justice as an academic minor at Northwest. That program is growing rapidly and 95 percent of the 75 students enrolled indicated they would prefer to major in criminal justice.
Furthermore, the ACT National Student Database indicated, through a survey of 2014 high school graduates in Northwest’s four-state region, 5 percent of ACT test-takers scoring between 18 and 36 had an interest in criminal justice.
In other business, the Board approved the appointments of faculty to teach this fall, bringing the number of faculty members teaching at Northwest to 259. The Board also approved a Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for students seeking financial aid and a Social Media Use Policy for Northwest students and employees.
Vice President of Finance Stacy Carrick presented to the Board an IRS Examination Report and the University’s request to the state for operating and capital appropriations for fiscal year 2017. Regarding the IRS report, Carrick explained the agency conducted an examination during the spring of the University’s Forms 941 for 2013 and concluded no changes are needed to the forms. Northwest’s FY17 appropriations request, which includes a range of infrastructure and facility upgrades, provides a basis for the appropriation recommendations submitted by the Coordinating Board of Higher Education to the Governor’s Budgeting & Planning Office.
During a luncheon prior to Thursday’s Board meeting, Northwest honored Dr. Mark Hargens for his service on the Board of Regents from 2010 through June; Hargens served as chair of the Board for the last three years. Northwest also recognized faculty and staff who received promotions and tenure last spring.
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