Morristown, N.J. (May 1, 2015) – As part of the Good Neighbor Program at the College of Saint Elizabeth, President Helen J. Streubert signed an agreement with the Morris County Sheriff Edward V. Rochford on May 1, 2015, which coincidentally was Law Day. This is the first Good Neighbor agreement signed with a sheriff's office for the College.
Also attending the historic signing was James F. Ford Ph.D., director of graduate programs in justice administration and public service; William Schievella, undersheriff of the Morris County Sheriff's Office and director of CSE's Police Studies Institute; David H. Aussicker, chair of the justice studies program; Joseph Ciccone Ph.D., interim vice president for academic affairs; and Susan Hunter, chief of staff, Morris County Sheriff's Office.
The agreement outlines the tuition discounts given to members of the Morris County Sheriff's Office when they apply to a bachelor's degree program in Justice Studies or a master's degree program in Justice Administration and Public Service.
CSE will offer a 25 percent discount to this tuition-deferred program for a bachelor's degree and 50 percent off the program for the online master's degree. Additionally, credit will be evaluated and may be given for prospective students who studied at an accredited police academy and/or have completed in-service training.
Students who are employed by an organization designated as a Good Neighbor Organization are eligible to defer a portion of their tuition charges until 45 days after the end of the semester. This allows the student time to receive his or her reimbursement from the employer without having to pay the entire cost up front.
CSE offers both a bachelor's and master's program in Justice Studies, as well as a combined degree program that allows qualified students to earn graduate credits at undergraduate tuition.
The Justice Studies program has grown significantly in the last several years as the law enforcement profession has required more education for its officers. The undergraduate and graduate programs can lead to promotions and career changes within the law enforcement field.
The U.S. News & World Report college rankings for 2015 reported CSE's online master's program in Justice Administration and Public Service (criminal justice) tied at number 13 in the nation of 45 schools ranked and 54 schools measured.
According to Dr. Ford, "Having a well-educated officer is good for society. We constantly have new advances in the field of criminal justice."