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1 ORIGINATING UNIT: Criminal Justice TYPE OF ACTION: New course X New program GRADUATE COUNCIL NEW PROGRAM PROPOSAL Semester and year course/program will take effect: Summer/Fall 2013 NEW COURSE or PROGRAM TITLE: Master of Science in Criminal Justice & Criminology (M.S. Criminal Justice & Criminology) Appropriate computer abbreviation (30 spaces or less): New course number: Prerequisites for new course: DESCRIPTION OF NEW PROGRAM (catalog copy): Please refer to catalog copy attachment SUPPORTING EVIDENCE OR JUSTIFICATION (For a new course, attach a copy of course objectives, course outline, representative bibliography and proposed syllabus. For a new program attach a statement of the mission and objectives of the new program): Describe the intended outcomes of the course or program and how they will be assessed. Program-Level Learning Outcomes 1. Students will be able to write analytically in the style and quality that meet publication standards for research writing in criminology and the social sciences. a. Courses: i. CRJU Criminal Justice Systems ii. CRJU Advanced Social Science Research Methodology iii. CRJU White-Collar Crime iv. CRJU Research Writing v. CRJU Thesis (thesis track) vi. CRJU Thesis (thesis track) vii. CRJU Applied Research & Policy 1 (non-thesis track) 1

2 viii. CRJU Applied Research & Policy 2 (non-thesis track) b. Students will write analytic research papers using APA format consistent with scholarly publications in the social sciences. c. A master s thesis written as publication-quality. 2. Students will be able to recognize, articulate, and apply fundamental theoretical paradigms towards empirical ideas. a. Courses: i. CRJU Advanced Criminological Theory ii. CRJU White-Collar Crime iii. CRJU Thesis (thesis track) iv. CRJU Thesis (thesis track) v. CRJU Applied Research & Policy 1 (non-thesis track) vi. CRJU Applied Research & Policy 2 (non-thesis track) b. Students will be given writing assignments where empirical articles, policies, and theoretical concepts will be explained and analyzed. c. Students will be assessed on active threaded discussions where various topics will be discussed. 3. Students will be able to demonstrate advanced critical thought by way of identifying and assessing dominant criticisms in criminal justice and criminological works and policy discourse. a. Courses: i. CRJU Introduction to Online Learning and Critical Thought ii. CRJU Policing iii. CRJU Corrections and Reentry iv. CRJU Applied Research & Policy 1 (non-thesis track) v. CRJU Applied Research & Policy 2 (non-thesis track) b. Students will be given writing assignments in which empirical articles, policies, and theoretical concepts will be explained and analyzed. c. Students will be assessed on active threaded discussions where various topics will be discussed. 4. Students will be able to demonstrate statistical competency in the social sciences by understanding statistical methods, perform statistical tests, and assess and critique statistical analyses. a. Course: i. CRJU Social Science Statistics and Probability b. Students will be tested in timed exams. c. Students will be gauged on active threaded and live discussions. d. Students will take quizzes and answer questions embedded within learning content. e. Students will be given problem solving assignments. 5. Students will have an in-depth understanding of the criminal justice and legal system procedures, functions, actors and critical issues. 2

3 a. Courses: i. CRJU Courts, Law, and Legal Procedure ii. CRJU Corrections and Reentry b. Students will be given writing assignments in which empirical articles, policies, and theoretical concepts will be explained and analyzed. c. Students will be assessed on active threaded and live discussions where various topics will be discussed. d. Students will take quizzes and answer questions embedded within learning content. 6. Students will be able to identify, critique, assess, and offer alternative research methodologies in published works and empirical research. a. Course: i. CRJU Advanced Social Science Research Methodology b. Students will be assessed on their ability to collect, explain, and test empirical data. c. Students will be assessed on their ability to find, understand, and present existing research through scholarly sources. Students will learn to navigate and find relevant empirical research articles, books, and other publications and apply them to writing literature reviews for assignments and each student s individual thesis. Grades will be determined by the faculty, which will include the level of student engagement in the courses. The instructor will monitor class performance and engagement using threaded discussions, embedded activities, examinations, and papers. Students are expected to bring forth independent and original research. Participation will be graded using rubrics specified in the syllabi of each course. Written assignments and exams will be graded by the instructor. RESOURCES REQUIRED: Faculty: Existing department full-time faculty Existing faculty members will be given to option of teaching courses as an alternative to an oncampus course or as overload courses for compensation. All faculty members, especially junior faculty, interested in teaching online courses as overloads will need to approval of the Department Chair and AddRan Dean. This approval process is required to ensure minimal impact on tenure and promotion progress. Only faculty in good standing will be considered for overload teaching. Furthermore, faculty interested in teaching online courses must be certified to teach online courses through TCU s Koehler Center. Teaching courses as overload will ensure no impact on current on-campus course offerings. If a junior faculty member that has committed to teaching an online course as an overload is unable to teach for reasons related to the tenure process before the start of the course, tenured and senior faculty will teach the course. If the tenure work is negatively impacted during the course of an online class, a tenured faculty member will assist in the course. Junior faculty is under no obligation to teach any online courses. It is the responsibility of the Department Chair 3

4 to ensure progress of the tenure and promotion process and the teaching requirements of the online program are met. Non-department faculty interested in teaching online courses must be certified to teach online courses through TCU s Koehler Center prior to teaching online classes. For the consideration of this program, one tenure-track position in 2013 has been granted to the department. This additional faculty member will increase the teaching capacity of the department by five courses. The online program will require two courses each semester the first year and four courses each semester in subsequent years with two simultaneous cohorts. The additional faculty member will ensure the teaching requirements are met both for online and oncampus courses. TCU non-department full-time faculty Additional teaching can be provided by full-time faculty from other TCU departments in related fields. The interdisciplinary nature of criminal justice and criminology allows for faculty from other disciplines, such as Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science, Psychology, and Economics, to teach courses. Compensation will offered to non-departmental faculty members interested in teaching courses as overloads. It is up to the faculty member to get approval for teaching online courses from their respective Department Chairs and other supervisors. All TCU faculty members must be certified for fully online teaching through the TCU Koehler Center. Please see attachment: Letter of support from Dr. Morrison Wong, Chair of Sociology and Anthropology. Non-TCU full-time faculty Additional faculty from other institutions can be considered for teaching online courses. Due to the nature of distance learning, additional faculty can conduct courses remotely. Non-TCU faculty can be considered for their expertise in a particular area. Compensation will be offered to non-tcu faculty members interested in teaching courses. It is the responsibility of the faculty member to obtain any approvals from their respective schools to teach at TCU. All non-tcu personnel interested in teaching online courses must be certified to teach online courses through TCU s Koehler Center or equivalent certification body prior to teaching online classes. Note: All students and faculty will be located in Texas and other approved states in order to be in compliance with accreditation requirements until TCU establishes contractual agreements with different state requirements. Adjunct faculty Adjunct faculty can be considered for teaching online courses. The Department of Criminal Justice currently uses a variety of adjunct faculty with varying backgrounds in the criminal justice field. Such faculty can provide instruction that is both academic and experience-oriented. The adjunct faculty that have taught in the Criminal Justice Department includes a chief of police, a judge, a variety of criminal and civil lawyers, former federal agents, probation and parole officers, police officers, and other criminal justice professionals. All adjunct faculty 4

5 interested in teaching online courses must be certified to teach online courses through TCU s Koehler Center or equivalent certification body prior to teaching online classes. Training and Technical: All instructors must be certified through the TCU Koehler Center s Teaching Fully Online course prior to online teaching. The course instructs on proper online teaching methods and effective strategies to ensure quality of teaching in the Pearson LearningStudio environment. The addition of the online program can put additional strain on the Koehler Center s resources. The proposed program has an IT Support line-item to compensate for such additional resources. Space: N/A Equipment: The Koehler Center will manage all additional server space required and maintain the online environment, including software updates and additional training if necessary. Additional technical support can be obtained through Pearson. Library: Students enrolled in the program will be granted full library access online and oncampus. No additional resources will be required. Additional student assistance can be obtained from the TCU Social Science Librarian. Please see attached library resources sheet for list of journal resources. Writing resources: Students will have access to the TCU William L. Adams Center for Writing. Please see letter of support from center Director Dr. Steve Sherwood. Justification for the Program 1. Demand There is currently a large demand for online education in Criminal Justice and Criminology. Several key audiences can be served, including professionals working in the criminal justice field, TCU alumni, and prospective doctoral students. Without having advertised the program, the department has received numerous inquiries from interested individuals ranging from police officers to current students and alumni. 2. Other Programs A number of ranking programs have established successful online graduate programs in criminology and criminal justice. These include top 5 criminology schools such as the University of Cincinnati and University of California, Irvine. The presence of these top schools signals online graduate education as accepted practice and a legitimate means of education. 5

6 3. AddRan School s Mission and Vision Mission Vision To advance life-long learning and discovery in the humanities and social sciences and to develop critical thinking, analytical, and communication skills that prepare students for successful careers in our global society. To become a liberal arts college nationally recognized for innovative learning and critical inquiry that enhances our environment, improves the human condition, and develops ethical leaders. This program furthers AddRan school s mission and vision in focusing on the development of critical thinking, analytic, and communication skills in an innovative learning environment that is relevant to the future of higher education. Moreover, the presence of TCU s reputation in this online space can further enhance the university s profile locally, regionally, and nationally. CHANGE IN TEACHING LOAD: It is anticipated that the teaching load will minimally impact faculty. To minimize any impact on tenure and promotion, the following guidelines will be used: 1. A maximum of teaching one overload course per year in this program is allowed for each faculty member. 2. Teaching an online course requires the approval by the Department Chair and AddRan Dean. 3. Junior faculty who commit to teaching can back out before the start of the course, in which case, a tenured faculty member or adjunct faculty will teach the course. Assistance from tenured faculty is available during the course if time for research becomes an issue. 4. The instruction candidates can include full-time tenure-track department faculty, TCU faculty in disciplines other than criminal justice, criminal justice adjunct faculty, and qualified faculty from other institutions. All instructors must be certified for teaching fully online through TCU s Koehler Center. It is anticipated that faculty members will serve as thesis committee chairs and committee members for students choosing to complete a thesis. Tenured faculty will primarily serve as thesis committee chairs with junior faculty serving as committee members unless approved by the Department Chair. Changes to the department to facilitate impact of program: 1. One additional tenure-track faculty line granted for Instruction capacity expanded to adjunct faculty, non-department TCU faculty, and non- TCU faculty. 6

7 Admission Requirements (from catalog copy) For unconditional admission, applicants should satisfactorily meet the following requirements set by TCU: - A bachelor s degree in from an institution regarded as standard by the University and a regional accrediting agency. - A B average in either the last 60 hours of undergraduate work or in all undergraduate work. - A B average in the major field The Department of Criminal Justice also requires the following from each applicant: - A personal statement of no more than 250 words describing the applicant s academic and professional objectives. - Three (3) letters of recommendation - Application fee Individuals who do not meet these requirements may be accepted conditionally, in accordance with TCU policy and with the approval of the Department Chair or Program Director and AddRan Dean. Please see the TCU graduate handbook for more information. Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program and it is up to the discretion of the Department Chair and faculty to select applicants for admission. The department will consider qualified majors in other fields and can take into account life and career experience for admissions. Students not meeting minimum GPA requirements can be considered for admission with supplemental performance predictors such as career experience, GRE exam scores (not required), and additional or supplemental coursework. These students will be reviewed and approved by the Program Director, Department Chair, and AddRan Dean. Tuition and fees To be negotiated with the TCU Office of the Provost and Office of the Vice Chancellor for Finance Administration. Financial Aid No direct financial aid will be offered to students from the university. However, students can seek Federal and State financial aid as disclosed in the TCU graduate handbook. 7

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9 CATALOG COPY Criminal Justice The Department of Criminal Justice offers the Master of Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology. This graduate program emphasizes independent research and analytic thinking in examining topics and issues related to the study of crime and the criminal justice system. Students will apply analytic skills developed in the courses to examine contemporary criminal justice issues, analyze existing research, and inform policy. Courses will integrate published research, empirical data, and the personal experiences of the instructors and students in the criminal justice field. Students and instructors with a variety of backgrounds and experiences in the criminal justice field will provide a rich and interactive learning environment for those with or without a background in the criminal justice field. The program is offered exclusively online with the exception of a one-week orientation and classroom instruction. The program is designed for prospective doctoral students, working professionals, and college graduates interested in the advanced study of criminal justice and criminology. Admission Requirements For unconditional admission, applicants should satisfactorily meet the following requirements set by TCU: - A bachelor s degree in from an institution regarded as standard by the University and a regional accrediting agency. - A B average in either the last 60 hours of undergraduate work or in all undergraduate work. - A B average in the major field The Department of Criminal Justice also requires the following from each applicant: - A personal statement of no more than 250 words describing the applicant s academic and professional objectives. - Three (3) letters of recommendation - Application fee Individuals who do not meet these requirements may be accepted conditionally, in accordance with TCU policy and with the approval of the Department Chair or Program Director and AddRan Dean. Please see the TCU graduate handbook for more information. Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program and it is up to the discretion of the Department Chair and faculty to select applicants for admission. The department will consider qualified majors in other fields and can take into account life and career experience for admissions. Students not meeting minimum GPA requirements can be considered for admission with supplemental performance predictors such as career experience, GRE exam scores (not required), and additional or supplemental coursework. These students will be reviewed and approved by the Program Director, Department Chair, and AddRan Dean. 9

10 Application Deadlines Application materials must be received by March 1 for full consideration Degree Requirements Degree requirements differ depending on whether a student chooses to complete a thesis, which is recommended for those planning on doctoral studies. Since this is a fixed two-year program, students will not choose amongst course offerings and no transfer credits will be given. Students are required to attend a week-long on-campus introductory class (CRJU Introduction to Online Learning and Critical Thought ) and orientation with online learning and topics throughout the program during the summer prior to the fall semester of the first year. OPTION 1: Thesis-track Students are given the option of completing a Master s thesis, which is approved by the student s thesis advisory committee, consisting of two faculty members, and committee chair. The development and writing process of the thesis will be accomplished with guidance from the thesis committee chair throughout the duration of the program. A faculty committee chair will be initially assigned to the student based on the topic of the research fit as expressed in the application or during the first week of orientation with faculty specializations. The student will have the option of changing advisers during the first year of the program with the approval of their current Committee Chair, new Committee Chair, and Program Director. The thesis chair will assist in choosing an appropriate topic, data collection, and the writing process. Furthermore, the Committee Chair will help address any questions and concerns the student may have during the course of the program. The thesis must be reviewed and approved by a thesis committee, consisting of the committee chair and two other faculty members. Coursework: (30 hours of coursework + 6 hours of thesis work) Required courses: Year 1 CRJU Introduction to Online Learning and Critical Thought 3 CRJU Criminal Justice Systems 3 CRJU Advanced Social Science Research Methodology 3 CRJU Social Science Statistics and Probability 3 CRJU Advanced Criminological Theory 3 Year 2 CRJU Policing 3 CRJU Courts, Law, and Legal Procedure 3 CRJU Corrections and Reentry 3 CRJU Research Writing 3 10

11 CRJU White-Collar Crime 3 CRJU Thesis 3 CRJU Thesis 3 The thesis is an extensive, research-based manuscript that must be approved by student s committee chair and thesis committee advisory members. It is a product of independent research and should demonstrate the appropriate level of analytic and writing acumen to the standards in the social sciences. Students will meet regularly with their advisers throughout the research and writing process. Each thesis student will enroll in three credit hours of CRJU ( Thesis ) and CRJU ( Thesis ) in their second year. OPTION 2: Non-Thesis Track Students who choose not to complete a Master s thesis will be required to take two alternative courses to complete the 36 credit hours required for the Master of Science degree: CRJU Applied Research & Policy 1 and CRJU Applied Research & Policy 2. Coursework: (30 hours of coursework + 6 hours of applied research project) Year 1 CRJU Introduction to Online Learning and Critical Thought 3 CRJU Criminal Justice Systems 3 CRJU Advanced Social Science Research Methodology 3 CRJU Social Science Statistics and Probability 3 CRJU Advanced Criminological Theory 3 Year 2 CRJU Policing 3 CRJU Courts, Law, and Legal Procedure 3 CRJU Corrections and Reentry 3 CRJU Research Writing 3 CRJU White-Collar Crime 3 CRJU Applied Research & Policy 1 3 CRJU Applied Research & Policy 2 3 CRJU Applied Research & Policy 1 and CRJU Applied Research & Policy 2 are designed to incorporate course material, acquired analytic skills, and each student s life and career experience in a group project that assesses a contemporary topic in criminal justice and criminology. Students will work collaboratively while contributing their own independent research and writing in order to create a final comprehensive project as directed by the instructor. Instructors for these courses can be an expert in a particular field and can choose topics accordingly. Course Descriptions CRJU Introduction to Online Learning and Critical Thought 11

12 Students will take this course partially online and partially on the TCU campus. An introduction to main topics in criminal justice and criminology will be discussed. Students will receive instruction on online learning and research tools and resources. CRJU Criminal Justice Systems This course explores basic policy issues in the administration of criminal justice system, including police, courts, and corrections. Advanced study and independent research in matters of continued interest to policymakers are emphasized. CRJU Advanced Criminological Theory Essential paradigms of criminological theory will be explored and critiqued in detail. Types of deviant and criminal behavior will be assessed using various theories. Using this assessment, empirical and data and policies will be examined. CRJU Advanced Social Science Research Methodology This course emphasizes understanding the approach to developing and evaluating empirical research methodology for the social sciences. Emphasis will be placed on active involvement and differentiating between scientific approaches and pseudo-science. CRJU Social Science Statistics and Probability This course teaches students the fundamentals of probability and statistics in order to use fundamental statistical analysis techniques for solving public policy and management problems in the social sciences. CRJU Courts, Law, and Legal Procedure Students will gain a fundamental understanding of the functioning of the American court system, the development of legal thought, and the mechanisms that govern legal procedures. Legal thought and procedure will be assessed using contemporary critical issues ranging from fundamental rights to terrorism. CRJU Corrections and Reentry This course explores how the U.S. attempts to sanction and punish offenders, focusing on the gaps between policy and practice. Historical perspectives in sentencing and penal policy and contemporary issues in reform will be analyzed. CRJU Research Writing This course is designed to help familiarize students with the publication process in the social sciences. Students will learn the components of research, the writing process, and publication procedures. CRJU White-Collar Crime This course provides an examination of theory and research in the field of white-collar crime. Classic theoretical works will be considered as well as contemporary writings. Topics will cover underlying theory, forms of white-collar crime, and sanctions. CRJU Policing 12

13 This course examines the development of policing and examines critical issues in the administration, structure, and models of law enforcement. Past, present, and future models of policing are emphasized using empirical and theoretical models. CRJU Applied Research & Policy 1 Working in groups, students will deconstruct complex problems related to crime and control and produce a proposal that incorporates independent research, analytic skills, and life experiences in order to develop effective crime control policies and strategies. CRJU Applied Research & Policy 2 Working in groups, students will deconstruct complex problems related to crime and control and produce original research derived from data collected and analyzed by each student. The project will focus on a contemporary topic presented by the instructor and tailored to each group s experience in the criminal justice field. CRJU Thesis This is an independent study for progress towards the completion of the Master s thesis. Students will work closely with their thesis committee and committee chair throughout the semester. Thesis-track students must enroll in this course fall semester of their second year. CRJU Thesis This is an independent study for progress towards the completion of the Master s thesis. Students will work closely with their thesis committee and committee chair throughout the semester. Thesis-track students must enroll in this course fall semester of their second year. 13

14 TCU LIBRARY RESOURCES Criminal Justice journals: American Correctional association membership - library subscription - multiple formats British Journal of Criminology online Corrections Compendium Corrections Today Crime & Delinquency online Crime and Justice online Crime, Law, and Social Change - online - enhanced access Crime, Media, & Culture online Criminal Justice Abstracts - online Criminal Justice Review - print + online - current year with 1 year rolling access Criminology online Criminology & Public Policy online Critical Criminology : An International Journal - online - enhanced access Deviant Behavior - online - single site access Howard Journal of Criminal Justice - online Journal of Contemporary criminal justice - online Journal of Crime and Justice - print + online Journal of Criminal Justice Education - print + online Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology Journal of Interpersonal Violence - online Journal of Rehabilitation Journal of Research in Crime & Delinquency - online Justice Quarterly - print + online - single site access Juvenile and Family Court Journal - online Law and Human Behavior - online - enhanced access On the Line - md - electronic mail On the Line - md online Police Quarterly online Prison Journal online Theoretical Criminology - online Violence and Victims Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law Women & Criminal Justice - print + online - single site access Other online databases and journals: JSTOR Lexis Nexis EBSCO 14

15 Not listed: Numerous journals that are available through political science, psychology, economics, sociology, and other related disciplines. Library Financial Resources The department of criminal justice has a current annual budget of $7,000 for materials acquisitions. An additional request has been made by the library to prepare for supplemental materials in the form of journal subscriptions, books, ebooks, multimedia, and other needs. The needs of the department are managed by the TCU social science librarian. Student Access All enrolled online TCU students can access electronic resources through proxy via the library website (www.lib.tcu.edu). In addition, inter-library loans (ILL) service is available for electronic delivery if any additional materials. Physical books and journals can be sent directly to students from the library, including ILL materials. Students can make these requests online. Additional assistance in accessing and obtaining resources is available from TCU s Social Sciences Librarian. 15

16 October 11, 2011 To Whom It May Concern: The William L. Adams Center for Writing is prepared to offer online students in the Department of Criminal Justice s M.S. in Criminal Justice and Criminology Program assistance with the papers they write during the course of their graduate studies. The center currently offers both face-to-face and online tutorials to students and faculty of all disciplines. Of the 7,200 tutorials the center provided during the academic year, 3,250 (or 45%) were online tutorials. A number of these tutorials involved fully online students in TCU s doctorate of nursing practice and master of liberal arts programs. The center s five full-time staff members respond to graduate students online submissions by reading each paper and offering instructional feedback via the comment function of Word. The center s writing consultants are not proofreaders or editors. They provide feedback on all aspects of writing, including structure, content, style, and sentence-level concerns. They tend to identify both strengths and weaknesses in a student s work. If they notice patterns of error, they will attempt to teach a student how to avoid the error and expect him or her to make any necessary corrections. They may do some editing in order to demonstrate ways students can revise particular passages. The aim of such editing is not to perfect the paper but to teach students longterm lessons about writing. The consultants read and comment on online submissions Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and usually return papers within one or two business days (depending on length and student traffic in the center). Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Dr. Steve Sherwood Director William L. Adams Center for Writing 16

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