The bachelor’s degree in justice administration was ranked 11th in BestValueSchool.com’s national survey of criminal justice degrees.
This summer, the report noted the degree’s rigorous graduation requirements help students learn about crime, equal justice, the American court system, Native American law, data analysis and more. RSU was the only school from Oklahoma ranked in the report.
Associate Professor Dr. Diana Clayton, who coordinates the justice administration program, said the scholarly degree program emphasizes problem solving skills, equips students with a working knowledge of the law, and helps students understand the potential impact they can have on the lives of individuals and communities.
Clayton said the program’s value is derived from both its affordability and its comprehensive approach to criminal justice education, which includes areas such as social services and child protective services in addition to traditional law administration and enforcement.
“We’ve been meticulous about the content we offer to ensure we have quality instruction that will prepare our graduates for the responsibilities they will be required to meet,” Clayton said. “We measure value not only in what our graduates do but also in how our graduates succeed in their respective fields.”
Brian Watters, Instructor and Collegiate Officer Program Director, said the degree is designed to give students both a foundational knowledge of justice systems and a working familiarity with real-world tools and techniques.
“We keep students current on new police techniques as well as keep them current on the law,” Watters said. “Our faculty have worked professionally as prosecutors, officers and more, so we can bring that real-life experience to the classroom.”
Department Head and Professor Dr. Abe Marrero said one of the justice administration degree’s strengths is the combined focus on both police science and constitutional law. He said students who earn a degree from RSU’s criminal justice program are equipped to enter graduate school or start a career.
“We can serve students who want to be officers, practice law or work in social services,” Marrero said. “When students ask me, ‘What kind of job can I get with this degree,’ I tell them, ‘Any job you want.’”
This is not the first time the firm has recognized RSU’s degrees, as it honored online bachelor programs for business administration, liberal arts with an option in English and business information technology with an option in computer network administration, ranking them 7th, 3rd and 5th respectively for affordability among online programs in 2014.
In addition to its affordable degree offerings, RSU works with students to develop financial aid packages that best meet their individual needs.
BestValueSchools.com is an independent website that rates and ranks colleges for overall value and credibility. The organization recently released the results of its nationwide survey of the most affordable women’s colleges in the United States.
To develop the rankings, BestValueSchools.com used information from College Navigator, a data website hosted through the National Center for Education Statistics, to examine schools that offered bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice and/or law enforcement administration. The results were limited to schools who admitted 60 percent or fewer of their applicants and then ranked by net price.
Other top ranked values in criminal justice degrees included: University of Missouri – Kansas City, Western Illinois University, University of Mississippi, Monroe College, California State University – San Bernardino, University of Arkansas – Fort Smith and CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
For information about a bachelor’s in Justice Administration, visit www.rsu.edu or call 918-343-7683.