ERIC Number: ED188679
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jan-9
Reference Count: 0
An Evaluation of the Criminal Justice Curriculum, Fall 1979. Report No. 80-8.
Clagett, Craig A.
The criminal justice curriculum at Prince George's Community College emphasizes a broad social science education, designed to prepare students for immediate employment in law enforcement or for transfer to a four-year program. Program enrollments and student credit hours showed a similar pattern of growth in the mid-1970's, followed by a recent decline. Program participants were taught by a staff of five full-time and eight part-time instructors. The criminal justice students were typical of the student body as a whole with regard to age, marital status, course load, and schedule, but Blacks, males, and continuing students were more highly represented in the criminal justice population than in the total student body. As a group, the criminal justice students had a higher course completion rate than the college average. The number of graduates in the program increased steadily from 24 in 1973 to 91 in 1979. So far, their unemployment rate has been low and the employment outlook is good for those with college training in law enforcement. Follow-up surveys have indicated that both program graduates and their employers are satisfied with the training that is provided. Information on program costs and suggestions for improving the criminal justice curriculum are included in the evaluative report. (AYC)
Descriptors: College Graduates, Community Colleges, Dropout Rate, Employer Attitudes, Employment Patterns, Employment Potential, Enrollment Trends, Legal Education, Participant Satisfaction, Police Education, Program Costs, Program Evaluation, Student Characteristics, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Prince George's Community Coll., Largo, MD.