GOALS AND INTENDED
Criminal Justice Program Assessment
from the Criminal Justice Council
The purpose of higher education
programs in criminal justice is to educate students to enter
this broad field or to prepare them for graduate school:
1. The student will gain critical
thinking skills that will enable him or her to conceptualize
his or her thoughts to analyze typical legal, technological,
scientific and human behavior problems encountered by entry
level criminal justice professionals or for entry into graduate
2. The student will effectively
communicate thoughts in oral presentation and written form.
3. Students will have gained
a comprehensive knowledge of the field: (a). Criminal justice
and juvenile justice processes (law, crime, and administration
of justice) (b). Criminology (the causes of crime, typologies,
offenders, and victims) (c). Law Enforcement (police organization,
discretion, subculture, and legal constraints) (d). Law
Adjudication (criminal law, criminal procedure, prosecution,
defense, and court procedures and decision-making) (e).
Corrections (incarceration, community-based corrections,
and treatment of offenders)
4. Students will be able to
recognize and evaluate the ethics of behavior of criminal
justice professionals, and apply their knowledge to relevant
and dynamic fact situations.
5. Students will have the have
the ability to utilize technology in processing and applying
data to gain reliable and valid information.
6. Students will become inquisitive
and informed citizens with an understanding of governmental
process and public management and policy so as to allow
themselves to intelligently analyze, weigh and discuss information
found in literature and the media.
7. Students will demonstrate
an awareness and sensitivity to social problems, human behavior,
race and ethnic relations, as well as issues of diversity.
9. Students may have assessed
their interests and applied their classroom knowledge through
meaningful and relevant internship experiences.
10. Students will demonstrate
effective communication skills in a modern foreign language
or American Sign Language.