Online Degree Program in Corrections & Juvenile Justice Studies Ranks Among Nation's Best

Eastern Kentucky University’s online bachelor’s degree program in Corrections and Juvenile Justice Studies has been ranked 10th on the list of “The 20 Best Online Bachelor of Criminal Justice Degree Programs in the United States” compiled by TheBestSchools.org.

The online publication based its rankings on the quality of the program, the types of courses offered, the faculty, rankings, awards, and reputation, including the school’s reputation for effectively providing online degree programs.

The Corrections and Juvenile Justice Studies program covers subjects such as the juvenile justice system, rehabilitation strategies for adult and juvenile offenders, applied criminal justice analysis, delinquency interventions, school-based interventions for at-risk youth, diversity in corrections, and the offender in the community.

“We were thrilled to see our program listed in the top 10 online bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice and related programs,” EKU Online Corrections and Juvenile Justice Studies Program Coordinator Betsy Matthews said. “Since 2006, a dedicated group of staff and faculty has worked diligently to get this program to where it is today. We continue to grow and have just seen our 100th student graduate!”

Noting that it takes a collaborative effort to ensure program success, Matthews praised the staff’s dedication to student recruitment and retention, instructional designers’ use of technology to enhance student learning outcomes, and the faculty’s promotion of critical thinking through innovative online pedagogy.

“I think our experience has debunked some of the negative perceptions about online learning,” she added. “You can deliver a quality program online and still give students the individualized attention for which Eastern is known. The accolades from TheBestSchools.org let us all know that our hard work is paying off!”

The article (www.thebestschools.org/blog/2012/10/10/online-criminal-justice-degree-programs) also cites the substantial experience of the program’s instructors in their field.

TheBestSchools.org is an independent organization with no ties to any other educational institution. All its editors have extensive experience in teaching, research, and publishing at the university level.

Named one of the Top 10 Online Colleges in the Nation by “Best Colleges” in 2010, EKU strives to make quality education accessible to everyone. EKU is an accredited, brick-and-mortar institution celebrating more than 100 years of student success. EKU Online offers more than 20 degree options in a variety of fields, including Education, Nursing, Psychology, Paralegal Studies, Police Studies, Corrections, Juvenile Justice, Occupational Safety, Fire Protection and Homeland Security. Information can be found at www.eku.edu/best.

Published on October 31, 2012