Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Program Outcomes: What Will I Learn?

  1. Integrate the evolution of important criminological theories with the development of contemporary criminal justice (CJ) policy.
  2. Critique the criminal justice system including the legal, theoretical and public policy issues that impact it.
  3. Compare and contrast contemporary CJ issues through the application of current theories and literature as they impact the American CJ system.
  4. Construct and evaluate research designs and methods that evaluate agency programs, or investigate empirical or theoretical issues relating to criminal justice.
  5. Articulate knowledge and appreciation for diversity (including, but not limited to, race, culture, ethnicity, gender, religion) and its effects within the context of the criminal justices system.
  6. Analyze and evaluate contemporary homeland security issues as they relate to criminal justice based on an understanding of the domestic and international processes affecting homeland security.
  7. Construct an argument for the relationship between current theories of emergency management and their practical application within the American criminal justice system.

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.

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

No external exams/assessments are used for this major.

This program began enrolling students in 2011 and does not have sufficient results to present outcomes data at the program level. Data represented on this site includes information on programs that have been in existence longer than 3 years, and have available direct and indirect learning outcomes data on at least 20 students, or unless otherwise specified by specialized accreditation to require reporting of all results less than n = 20.

Excelsior College
7 Columbia Circle
Albany, NY 12203-5159

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