Online. Anytime. That's how many adult students complete their college coursework while simultaneously balancing work and family.
One such student is Michael Suplicki of Lake Hopatcong, N.J., graduate student in the online Master of Arts in Justice Administration and Public Service.
"It's perfect for people in law enforcement because of shift schedules and changes," said Suplicki, a Captain in the Passaic County Sheriff's office. "Online is the easiest way for me to achieve academic success."
He is virtually finished with his first graduate course – JUS 655, policies and procedures and will start his second course – JUS 670, management in justice administration – during CSE's next session which began on October 22. These accelerated seven-week courses will allow him to complete his 30-credit degree by 2015. It also builds on his undergraduate experience at Thomas Edison State College, an online program through which he completed his Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in 2012.
Suplicki's route to CSE began in Atlantic City this past June at the Police Expo. It was there that he met Dr. Jim Ford, head of CSE's justice program.
"I went home after the convention and thought about it ... then I decided to enroll," he said. "The course load is not easy ... it's challenging but not overwhelming and it is suited to working adults."
He also likes the requirement for a capstone project instead of a thesis – something more attainable with his work demands.
"To be in the upper levels of management in law enforcement organizations, you need firm knowledge and skills in the areas of leadership and administration," concluded Suplicki. "The education provided in this program will give me the tools to perform my work with more efficiency and provide better service to the public I serve."
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