Morristown, N.J. (March 31, 2015) – The U.S. News & World Report college rankings released a report that has the College of Saint Elizabeth'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.
U.S. News & World Report evaluates schools based on five general categories: student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, admissions selectivity, and peer reputation. Each category is weighted by percent based on data collected from the schools and students.
"Our Justice Administration and Public Service faculty are individuals who have served in their field and are active participants in the community," says Helen J. Streubert, president of CSE. "They bring practical field experience as well as strong theoretical knowledge and online expertise to the program."
The rankings focus on a variety of measures including the quality of programs and the ability of students to interact with instructors and classmates online in a manner similar to on-ground programs, and faculty credentials that mirror those of campus-based programs. To determine the rankings, there are questions related to faculty training for distant education. Students enrolled online highly value comprehensive technology that allows flexibility for distance learning and support structures for career guidance and financial aid. The CSE online program accepts students with the appropriate aptitudes, ambitions, motivation and accomplishments who can handle the rigors of an online curriculum. The quality of the curriculum and learning experiences add to the credibility of the program as well as the reputation of the program to potential employers.
At a ranking of 13, the College of Saint Elizabeth's master's program in Justice Administration and Public Service surpassed many universities in the nation and is the only ranked program in New Jersey.
"Any criminal justice agency selecting a graduate from our program will be well-served because our students learn by designing applied projects pertaining to the professional workplace needs and challenges related to public safety and security," says James Ford, Ph.D., director of the program. "Our curriculum addresses the challenges of the 21st century including Justice Administration, Cyber Crime, Victimology, and Security and Ethical Issues."