Criminal Justice

Program learning outcomes: What Will I Learn?

Students who complete the major in Criminal Justice at Excelsior College will be able to:

  1. Describe the various components - Legislative, Enforcement, Judicial, and Correctional - and their interactions within the criminal justice system.
  2. Identify and explain the major legal, criminological, and sociological theories underlying the criminal justice system.
  3. Explain and apply the ethical issues involved in the decision-making process of the criminal justice system.
  4. Explain and critically evaluate contemporary literature in the field of criminal justice.
  5. Identify and analyze the various forms of diversity (social, racial, religious, age, socioeconomic status, etc.) and their relationships to the criminal justice system.

Degree level outcomes for a BS in Criminal Justice degree.

Students who complete any Baccalaureate degree from the School of Public Service will be able to:

  1. Critical Thinking: Students will be able to engage in advanced critical thinking skills, including: demonstrating the ability to remember information, understanding key concepts, apply these concepts appropriately, analyze phenomena, evaluate and justify positions, create coherent arguments in the student's chosen field of study.
  2. Communication: Students will demonstrate: advanced written communication skills, advanced oral communication skills, be able to express complex ideas with clarity and precision.

Evidence of Student Learning - Internal: How will the program measure what I have learned?

Achievement of all the Program level and degree level outcomes is assessed within the criminal justice capstone course. The student learning outcomes are assessed within the capstone course by a direct assessment approach. Instructors use rubrics that focus on the outcomes to score the students performance. This evaluation is unique from the grading for the course.

Metrics for evaluating program performance for all these outcomes

  • The program will be considered to have successfully met the Exceeds Expectations level if 90% or more of the students completing the Capstone Course during the one year period score at or above the Meets Expectations level for this outcome and 60% or more of these are at the Exceeds Expectations level. Additionally, no more than 10% of the students will receive a score of Does Not Meet Expectations.
  • The program will be considered to have met the Meets Expectations level if at least 85% of the students completing the Capstone Course during the one year period score at or above the Meets Expectations level and 15% OR LESS of the students score at Does Not Meet Expectations.
  • The program will be evaluated as Does Not Meet Expectations if fewer than 85% of the students completing the Capstone Course during the one year period score at or above Meets Expectations level for this outcome and if more than 15% of the students score at Does Not Meet Expectations.

PROGRAM OUTCOME 1: Describe the various components - Legislative, Enforcement, Judicial, and Correctional - and their interactions within the criminal justice system.

  • A total of 106 students have completed one of the capstone courses. 90.6% of these students meet or exceeded expectations for this outcome. 9.4% did not meet expectations. The program met expectations for this outcome.
  • Exit Survey: The students responding to the survey (N=40, 16.1%) felt that they had achieved this outcome with a score of 5.41 (on a 6.0 Likert scale). They also indicated that the SLA CJ program had prepared them to achieve this outcome with a score of 5.20. This indicates that the CJ program has "Exceeded Expectations" for this student learning outcome.
  • One Year Survey: The students responding to the survey (N=36, 17.6%) felt that they had achieved this outcome with a score of 5.56 (on a 6.0 Likert scale).. They also indicated that the CJ program had prepared them to achieve this outcome with a score of 5.56. This indicates that the CJ program has "Exceeded Expectations" for this student learning outcome.

PROGRAM OUTCOME 2: Identify and explain the major legal, criminological, and sociological theories underlying the criminal justice system.

  • A total of 106 students have completed one of the capstone courses. 90.6% of these students meet or exceeded expectations for this outcome. 9.4% did not meet expectations. The program met expectations for this outcome.
  • Exit Survey portion: The students responding to the survey (N=40, 16.1%) felt that they had achieved this outcome with a score of 5.38 (on a 6.0 Likert scale).  They also indicated that the SLA CJ program had prepared them to achieve this outcome with a score of 5.31. This indicates that the CJ program has "Exceeded Expectations" for this student learning outcome.
  • One Year Survey: The students responding to the survey (N=36, 17.6%) felt that they had achieved this outcome with a score of 5.68 (on a 6.0 Likert scale). They also indicated that the CJ program had prepared them to achieve this outcome with a score of 5.59. This indicates that the CJ program has "Exceeded Expectations" for this student learning outcome.

PROGRAM OUTCOME 3: Explain and apply the ethical issues involved in the decision-making process of the criminal justice system.

  • A total of 106 students have completed one of the capstone courses. 91.5% of these students meet or exceeded expectations for this outcome. 8.5% did not meet expectations. The program met expectations for this outcome.
  • Exit Survey portion: The students responding to the survey (N=40, 16.1%) felt that they had achieved this outcome with a score of 5.47 (on a 6.0 Likert scale).  They also indicated that the SLA CJ program had prepared them to achieve this outcome with a score of 5.23. This indicates that the CJ program has "Exceeded Expectations" for this student learning outcome.
  • One Year Survey: The students responding to the survey (N=36, 17.6%) felt that they had achieved this outcome with a score of 5.53 (on a 6.0 Likert scale). They also indicated that the CJ program had prepared them to achieve this outcome with a score of 5.50. This indicates that the CJ program has "Exceeded Expectations" for this student learning outcome.

PROGRAM OUTCOME 4: Explain and critically evaluate contemporary literature in the field of criminal justice.

  • A total of 106 students have completed one of the capstone courses. 89.6% of these students meet or exceeded expectations for this outcome. 10.4% did not meet expectations. The program met expectations for this outcome.
  • Exit Survey portion: The students responding to the survey (N=40, 16.1%) felt that they had achieved this outcome with a score of 5.18 (on a 6.0 Likert scale).  They also indicated that the SLA CJ program had prepared them to achieve this outcome with a score of 5.09. This indicates that the CJ program has "Exceeded Expectations" for this student learning outcome.
  • One Year Survey: The students responding to the survey (N=36, 17.6%) felt that they had achieved this outcome with a score of 5.35 (on a 6.0 Likert scale). They also indicated that the CJ program had prepared them to achieve this outcome with a score of 5.38. This indicates that the CJ program has "Exceeded Expectations" for this student learning outcome.

PROGRAM OUTCOME 5: Identify and analyze the various forms of diversity (social, racial, religious, age, socioeconomic status, etc.) and their relationships to the criminal justice system.

  • A total of 106 students have completed one of the capstone courses. 92.5% of these students meet or exceeded expectations for this outcome. 7.5% did not meet expectations. The program met expectations for this outcome.
  • Exit Survey portion: The students responding to the survey (N=40, 16.1%) felt that they had achieved this outcome with a score of 5.45 (on a 6.0 Likert scale).  They also indicated that the SLA CJ program had prepared them to achieve this outcome with a score of 5.34. This indicates that the CJ program has "Exceeded Expectations" for this student learning outcome.
  • One Year Survey: The students responding to the survey (N=36, 17.6%) felt that they had achieved this outcome with a score of 5.59 (on a 6.0 Likert scale). They also indicated that the CJ program had prepared them to achieve this outcome with a score of 5.53. This indicates that the CJ program has "Exceeded Expectations" for this student learning outcome.

DEGREE OUTCOME 1:  Critical Thinking: Students will be able to engage in advanced critical thinking skills, including: demonstrating the ability to remember information, understanding key concepts, apply these concepts appropriately, analyze phenomena, evaluate and justify positions, create coherent arguments in the student's chosen field of study.

  • A total of 108 students have completed one of the capstone courses. 86.1% of these students meet or exceeded expectations for this outcome. 13.9% did not meet expectations. The program met expectations for this outcome.
  • Exit Survey portion: The students responding to the survey (N=40, 16.1%) felt that they had achieved this outcome with a score of 5.21 (on a 6.0 Likert scale).  They also indicated that the SLA CJ program had prepared them to achieve this outcome with a score of 5.09. This indicates that the CJ program has "Exceeded Expectations" for this student learning outcome.
  • One Year Survey: The students responding to the survey (N=36, 17.6%) felt that they had achieved this outcome with a score of 5.50 (on a 6.0 Likert scale). They also indicated that the CJ program had prepared them to achieve this outcome with a score of 5.29. This indicates that the CJ program has "Exceeded Expectations" for this student learning outcome.

DEGREE OUTCOME 2: Communication: Students will demonstrate: advanced written communication skills, advanced oral communication skills, be able to express complex ideas with clarity and precision.

  • A total of 108 students have completed one of the capstone courses. 89.8% of these students meet or exceeded expectations for this outcome. 10.2% did not meet expectations. The program met expectations for this outcome.
  • Exit Survey portion: The students responding to the survey (N=40, 16.1%) felt that they had achieved this outcome with a score of 5.35 (on a 6.0 Likert scale).  They also indicated that the SLA CJ program had prepared them to achieve this outcome with a score of 5.29. This indicates that the CJ program has "Exceeded Expectations" for this student learning outcome.
  • One Year Survey: The students responding to the survey (N=36, 17.6%) felt that they had achieved this outcome with a score of 5.53 (on a 6.0 Likert scale). They also indicated that the CJ program had prepared them to achieve this outcome with a score of 5.41. This indicates that the CJ program has "Exceeded Expectations" for this student learning outcome.

Results of External Exams/Assessments: What third-party assessments will measure what I have learned?

No external exams/assessments are used for this major.

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