The School of Criminal Justice, under the College of Education and Human Services provides the following assessment model for the 2008-2009 academic year.
The mission of the College of Education and Human Services is to:
To create and maintain an environment in which the faculty, staff and students thrive by:
Outcomes and Assessments for the College
Know - Knowledge of career entry
Know - External tests and examinations, portfolios, comprehensive exams, capstone projects
Do- Skills and strategies for career entry
Do - Internships, student teaching, field placement, studies related to the workplace
Be like - Disposition and behaviors for career entry and advancement
Be like – Internships, etc., problem solving, ethics classes, capstone seminars
Mission of the School
The School of Criminal Justice at Ferris State University, through partnerships with agencies within and related to the criminal justice field, creates the fundamental preparation for successful careers and responsible citizenship. The academic pursuit of excellence for both students and faculty is provided in a learning environment that combines the theoretical knowledge with the practical application.
Vision of the School
Our vision is to uphold the high quality of graduates produced by the School. Continue to educate both undergraduates and graduate students for acquiring and sustaining positions within the criminal justice field. Maintain the leader position held by the School within the criminal justice education realm within the State of Michigan and expand its reputation to nation-wide recognition. Moreover, maintain the admiration of our peers, graduates, practitioners, citizens and our students by continuing the excellence in education we strive for.
This model acts as our plan of assessment to ensure our graduates are acquiring the necessary skills to excel in the criminal justice field. These outcomes and assessments of the same are created for ease of collection and measurement of data. They coincide with the goals of the College and Ferris State University. Specifically it is designed to track student development, improve planning, improve instructor pedagogy, inform curriculum planning and course sequencing and promote timely completion of the program.
Masters of Science in Criminal Justice Administration
The Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration provides high quality education to criminal justice professionals, administrators and traditional students. The program develops the theoretical and analytical knowledge of students to prepare them for advancement in their field or preparation for law school or doctoral studies.
Bachelor of Science, Law Enforcement
The mission of the law enforcement program is to increase the professional capabilities of law enforcement officers by developing students who are capable of addressing Michigan’s public safety needs for the 21st century. The foundation of the law enforcement program instruction is based upon a student centered learning pedagogy which emphasizes the core values of courage commitment, honor, character and the pursuit of excellence. These ideals are paramount to our commitment to build collaborative community partnerships where increased levels of trust and respect create a safe environment while protecting individual liberties.
The faculty has an obligation to ensure that individuals are properly trained and certified to effectively perform the law enforcement officer function; failure to meet the obligation could jeopardize the safety and efficient operation of the state’s law enforcement agencies; and
The faculty must ensure that the education process can be justified to actual job functions of the entry level law enforcement officer and the requirements of fair employment dictate; and
The faculty must insure that the curriculum imparts positive attitudes in graduates toward the law enforcement officer job; and that graduates are able to respond to the public in time of need and stress.
Goals of the Law Enforcement Program
Within the context of the Michigan Commission On Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) mandated basic training program, it is the mission of the Ferris State University Law Enforcement Program to prepare students to perform those law enforcement officer functions which occur in the initial years on the job. Students will be prepared to perform job tasks that include six major areas: (1) Patrol Procedures, (2) Investigation, (3) Detention and Prosecution, (4) Police Skills, (5) Traffic, and (6) Special Operations.
Bachelor of Science, Generalist
The mission of the generalist track in the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
is to prepare the students to enter a field within criminal justice. Students in
this track will have a well rounded education in the criminal justice professions
and understand the intertwined nature of these professions. Students will be prepared
to enter the field as critical thinkers skilled in writing and knowledgeable in the
history, current events and the various critical issues facing them as they enter
Bachelor of Science, Corrections
The mission of the corrections track in the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
is to prepare the students for a career with the correctional field of criminal justice.
Students will be exposed to the history, current events and critical issues facing
the corrections profession. Students will be able to understand and demonstrate knowledge
of the various facets of corrections, punishment, deterrence and rehabilitation as
it relates to contemporary issues in corrections in the United States.