ERIC Number: ED188666
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
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A Study of the Growth and Current Status of Criminal Justice Programs in Pennsylvania Community Colleges.
Palmiotto, Michael J.
To determine the development, nature, and probable patterns of growth of criminal justice programs in Pennsylvania community colleges, the directors of the state's 11 criminal justice programs were interviewed. They were asked open-ended, leading questions related to program development, enrollment, curriculum, faculty, financing, and projections for the future. Selected findings include the following: (1) most programs were referred to as either criminal justice or administration of justice programs; (2) most had active advisory boards; (3) six were established without external encouragement; (4) in 1978, the programs employed 32 full-time and 78 part-time instructors; (5) enrollments had increased from 1968 to 1975 and decreased since; (6) the typical criminal justice student was a white, male, municipal police officer; (7) program attrition rates ranged from 1% to 50%; (8) eight schools awarded an associate of applied science degree; (9) general education requirement varied and the total number of credits required ranged from 60 to 64; (10) four schools offered special police training programs; (11) ten colleges granted credit for experiential learning; and (12) all faculty members had at least a bachelor's degree and most had criminal justice work experience. The report includes a literature review, the interview guide, and a bibliography. (AYC)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, College Faculty, Community Colleges, Criminal Law, Degree Requirements, Enrollment Projections, Enrollment Trends, Financial Support, Legal Education, Police Education, Program Development, State Surveys, Student Characteristics, Teacher Characteristics, Two Year Colleges
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania