1 ~ Office of the Provost Vice President for Academic University Parkway Pensacola, FL MEMORANDUM September 23,2008 To: Richie Platt President, Faculty Senate From: Chula King /J 1. ~ - ~ Provost ~ -0 Subject: Request to Explore Plan a New Academic Program Master of Science in Criminal Justice The School of Justice Studies Social Work in the College of Professional Studies has submitted a Request to Explore Plan a New Academic Program for an M.S. in Criminal Justice. According to our procedures for approval of new programs, the initiating unit does not submit a new program CCR until the unit is ready to submit the Requesto Implement a New Degree Program. The Requesto Explore Plan a New Academic Program is usually submitted to the Provost who in turns requests review by the Faculty Senate prior to its submission to the Academic Student Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees. Attached herewith is the Requesto Explore Plan for the M.S. in Criminal Justice for review by the Faculty Senate. After approval by the Faculty Senate, please return the executed document to the Provost's Office for further approval. Attachment cc: Don Chu, Dean, College of Professional Studies Glenn Rohrer, Director, School of Justice Studies Social Work John Smykla, Professor, School of Justice Studies Social Work Mathew Crow, Assistant Professor, School of Justice Studies Social Work Pho", Fax Suncom FaxSuncom 8.61 Web uwf.edu An Equ.o' OppoO"tUnltylEqu.o' Ace... Innltutlon.'
2 ~ University of ~ West Florida College of Professional Studie! Dean s Office University Parkway Pensacola, FL September 15, 2008 To: CC: From: RE: (hula King, Provost Glenn Rohrer, Director, School of Justice Studies Social Work Don Chu, Dean, College of Professional Studies ~ Request to Explore Plan a New Academic Program Please accept the enclosed "Request to Explore Plan a New Academic Program" proposal from the School of Justice Studies Social Work. This proposal is the result of the good work of the faculty administration of the Criminal Justice legal Studies faculty has my full approval. From a review of the proposal you will see that the proposed M.S. degree will be offered with the current complement of our faculty will not require additional university resources. Please feel free to inquire should further information be required. Phon Fax W.b uwf.edu M Equal Oppommlty/Equai Ace." Instltu';on
3 Donald Chu From: Sent: To: Cc: Subject: Attachments: John Smykla Thursday, September 11, :15 AM Donald Chu; Glenn Rohrer; Matthew Crow Lauretta Cihota; Carl Backman Revised document "Request to Explore..." Memo to Don Chu.doc; Revised Request to Explore docx Don, Glenn Matt, I spoke with Carl Backman this morning. He guided me through the changes in the document "Request to Explore Plan an New Academic Program." The revised document cover memo to Dean Chu from me via Glenn with copy to Matt is attached. I am asking Laurie to print the memo to Dean Chu on letterhead obtain signatures from Glenn Matt on the last page of the revised document. Matt's signature line was not on the earlier template. Carl believes it is a good idea to include Matt's signature as progra coordinator. Laurie, after obtaining signatures from Glenn Matt please give the memo document to Dean Chu. Don, your signature the signature from the College Curriculum representative are needed. Carl asked that you then compose your own cover memorum, attach it to the document, send it to Provost King. She will submit it to the Faculty Senate. She will present it to the BOT meeting in December. John P.S. Glenn, I explained your leadership role to Carl. Since the School does not yet have a name, Carl said it is OK to submit like this. The forms that are due in February (CCR to delete the CJ specialization from the MSA, CCR for a new degree, CCR for at least one ne course) will then carry your new title School name. John Ortiz Smykla, Ph.D. Professor Department of Criminal Justice Legal Studies University of West Florida Pensacola, FL
4 -~t"~. ~...~. r~ Un;versity of ~ West Florida -. ~.,~",~~-. 4 Legal Studies ~ College of Professional Studies lda I 1000 University Parkway Pensacola. FL MEMORANDUM MEMORANDUM TO: TO: Dean Dean Don Don Chu Chu FROM: FROM: John John Ortiz Ortiz Smykla Smykla Professor Professor VIA: Glenn Rohrer, Director f?j. VIA: Glenn Rohrer, Director f?j. t. School School of of Justice Justice Studies Studies Social Social Work Work DATE: DATE: September September 11, ,2008 RE: RE: Request Requesto to Explore Explore Plan Plan a New New Academic Academic Program Program Based Based on on my my conversation conversation with with Dr. Dr. Carl Carl Backman Backman in in the the Provost's Provost's Office, Office, the the document documt "Requesto "Request to Explore Explore Plan Plan a New New Academic Academic Program" Program" which which was was sent sent to to you you on on August August 28, 28, has has been been revised. revised. The The revised revised document document is is attached attached for for your your review. review. Our purpose in deleting the online criminal justice specialty in the Master of Science in Administration (M.S.A.) our plan to offer a Master of Science (M.S.) utilizing multiple course delivery formats (face-to-face, online, blended, evening weekend) is threefold. First, we are proposing a graduate curriculum that conforms to the stards governing graduate program structure curriculum set forth by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS). Second, after implementation of the M.S. we plan to apply to ACJS for graduate program Second, after implementation of the M.S. we plan to apply to ACJS for graduate program certification. certification. And third, multiple course delivery formats (face-to-face, online, blended, evening weekend) will reach out to the diversity of learning styles in our graduate student body. c: Dr. Matthew Crow c: Dr. Matthew Crow Phone F~ Web uwf.edu/justice hi Equ~ Oppor"nitylEqual Acce" Institution
5 Request to Explore Plan a New Academic Program Template Name of the proposed program: Master of Science (M.S.), Criminal Justice level degree name: Graduate, Master of Science (M.S.), Criminal Justice Proposed CIP code: Offering department: Criminal Justice Contact person: John Smykla, Professor Telephone: Offering college: College of Professional Studies Proposed implementation date: Fall 2010 The University of West Florida Division of Academic Affairs Description of the proposed proqram inciudinq principal student learninq outcomes: The Department of Criminal Justice Legal Studies is one of seven departments in the College of Professional Studies. It is a relatively large department with over 400 undergraduate majors 30 master's degree students. Criminal Justice Administration is one of eleven specialties in the online Master of Science in Administration (M.S.A.) degree. In fall 2008, the department implemented a fast track bachelor's to master's degree program to attract the "best of the brightest" undergraduate students with an overall GPA greater than 3.5 into the master's program. Two undergraduate students entered the fast track program in fall In addition, expedited admission into the master's program is a vehicle for application for undergraduate students who graduated UWF with an overall GPA greater than 3.0. The Department of Criminal Justice Legal Studies is requesting approval to (1) delete its specialty in the M.S.A. (2) replace it with a Master of Science (M.S.) degree using face-to-face, online, blended, evening weekend course delivery formats. The purpose in moving from the M.S.A. to the M.A. is threefold. First, we propose a graduate curriculum that conforms to the stards governing graduate program structure curriculum set forth by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS). Second, after implementation of the M.S. we plan to apply to ACJS for graduate program certification. And third, multiple course delivery formats (face-to-face, online, blended, evening weekend) will reach out to the diversity of learning styles in our graduate student body.
6 The Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice will provide a well-rounded program of study focused on preparing students for myriad careers in criminal justice, advancement within current agencies, researcher analyst positions, teaching opportunities, advanced graduate education. The recent sustained expansion of the criminal justice system combined with the public's interest in issues of crime justice provide ample opportunities for diverse employment opportunities for students completing this program. The program will concentrate on imparting students with a foundation in theory, research, analysis, administration while also enabling students to shape their educational experience to best fit their needs. There are two tracks within the proposed program: a coursework only option an area research paper option. Each track requires a minimum of 33 credit hours. There are also three optional specializations that students can choose from: Social Work; Public Administration; Education. CCRs for a fourth specialization, Legal Studies, are currently under review. Principal Student Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to: Content. Identify describe various theoretical explanations of crime delinquency. Identify discuss theoretical explanations of criminal justice. Articulate the challenges faced by various criminal justice agencies. Describe different methods for conducting research in criminal justice Critical Thinking. Analyze critique the operation, functions, methods of the criminal justice system its components. Analyze interpret quantitative qualitative data pertinent to the criminal justice system. Compare, contrast, evaluate criminal justice administrative management strategies tactics. Explain historical contemporary controversies developments in criminal c justice. Outline racial, ethnic, gender issues in criminal justice lunication Write logical, articulate, structurally sound papers Report findings from criminal justice criminological research literature IntegrityNalues. Uphold e" ethical stards of criminal justice research practice Describe evaluate ethnical controversies in criminal justice. Describe Project Management. Design implement research strategies to examine issues in crime the criminal justice
7 . Hypothesize relationships among various factors in crime criminal justice Rationale for the proposed proqram includinq identification of the relationship of the proqram to priorities established by the Board of Governors. the University. the Colleqe justification of the proqram in relation to supply dem for qraduates from the proposed proqram: The proposed Master of Science in criminal justice degree was included in the annual report submitted by the College of Professional Studies the University of West Florida. The strategic planning process of the Department of Criminal Justice Legal Studies has determined the need to improve the quality of criminal justice graduate education by deleting the criminal justice specialty in the online Master of Science in Administration degree adding a Master of Science degree. The Master of Science in Criminal Justice will utilize multiple course delivery formats (face-to-face, online, blended, evening weekend) thereby reaching out to the learning styles of our graduate student population. The curriculum we propose for the Master of Science will conform to the stards governing graduate program structure curriculum set forth by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) thereby allowing us to seek future graduate program certification from ACJS. Encouragement support for these changes have been voiced by former present graduate students, professional practitioners, an external reviewer. More on the relation to supply dem for graduates from the proposed program is discussed below under "impact on students." Statutory other external requirements Common prerequisites (bachelor's degree programs only): N/A Credits to degree limits (bachelor's degree programs only): N/A Limited access status (if relevant; bachelor's degree programs only): N/A Relationship to licensure/certification in the field: There are no individual licenses or certifications required in the field of criminal justice. Anticipated impact of the proposed proqram on each of the followinq Students: The faculty surveyed graduates of the MSA those currently enrolled. Over 80 percent said they would be very or somewhat likely to enroll in the MS with a mixed course delivery system (face-to-face, online, blended, evening weekend). Furthermore, at a time in the future when the Department applies to ACJS for certification of its undergraduate graduate programs, the new MS curriculum will already be in compliance with the stard governing graduate program structure curriculum.
8 To date, 80 percent of our graduate students live within a go-mile radius of the Pensacola campus go percent live within a 150-mile radius. Multiple course delivery formats (face-to-face, online, blended, evening weekend) will still allow us to serve students living in these areas reach out to the diversity of learning styles in our graduate student body. We project no negative impact on the population we are serving. The proposed Master of Science will build on other strengths of the College of Professional Studies by offering concentrations in social work, public administration, education legal studies, thereby aligning itself more closely with the UWF mission of becoming be the best regional comprehensive university in America. Faculty: In fall 2008, the Department of Criminal Justice Legal Studies hired a new full-time faculty member (Dr. Chang-Bae Lee) to teach in the criminal justice program. In addition, in fall 2008, Dr. John Smykla resigned the department chairship. Those changes will yield a maximum of an additional twelve FTE courses per year in addition to those taught by four other full-time faculty members. That complement of faculty is sufficient to initiate sustain the proposed MS based on projected enrollments. Staff: The present complement of staff that sustains the MSA specialization in criminal justice is sufficient to initiate sustain the proposed MS based on projected enrollments. Budqet: No new budget is needed to support the MS. The budget that currently supports the MSA specialization in criminal justice will be redirected to the MS. Space: The Department has access to sufficient classroom space in Pensacola Ft. Walton Beach for face-to-face, blended, evening, weekend course delivery formats. Faculty teach online from their campus or home offices. Library other learninq resources: Library other learning resources that support the MSA in criminal justice are sufficient will be redirected to the MS. Accreditation: No accreditation is involved. However, sometime in the next few years the Department may wish to apply to ACJS to certify its undergraduate graduate programs. The new MS curriculum will already be in compliance with the stard governing graduate program structure curriculum. Related proqrams: In the document "Criteria for New Degree Program Authorizations, criterion #10 states, "The proposed program relates to specific institutional strengths such as programs of distinction, other academic programs, /or institutes centers." One of the strengths of the MS is it offers students the opportunity to select one of three areas of specialization that currently exist in the College of Professional
9 . ~-. Studies (social work, education, public administration). area of specialization in legal studies are under review. Other related information: Request to Explore Plan for a New Degree Program-Approval CCRs to develop a fourth Prog ram Coord inator: ~ Date: 'i' Signatures / I I I ij ~ Program Chairperson:. t:~, Date: t1) I ) oj- College Curriculum: ~ Date: '/17/01? College Dean: Date: ~ Faculty Senate: Provost: President: Board of Trustees, A&SA Committee: Date: Date: Date: Date: "