CCCK Online Criminal Justice Degree Programs Information Session

CCCK Online Criminal Justice Degree Programs Information Session

Presented Live: Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Description:
Join Central Christian College of Kansas for a previously-recorded discussion about the 100% Online Bachelor of Science and Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice degree programs. Hear from our guest speaker Lenny Favara, Provost and Chief Academic Officer, who will give an overview of the Central Christian College of Kansas; accompanied by Faculty Doug Schroeder who will provide an overview the Online BS in Criminal Justice program and discuss the career impact of the degree and job opportunities available to graduates.

Featuring Guest Panelists:
Dr. Lenny Favara, Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Central Christian College
Doug Schroeder, Faculty, Online Criminal Justice Programs at CCCK
Claire Kelly, Student Success Advisor at CCCK
Tana Slawinski, Enrollment Advisor at CCCK

Read the complete webinar transcript!

08:02 Ligia Popescu: Hello, and thanks for joining us today. This is Central Christian College of Kansas's online BS in Criminal Justice Program Information Session. My name is Ligia Popescu and I will be your host today. Before we begin, please refresh your browsers and turn up the volume on your computer to hear the audio on your device.

 

If you're having technical difficulties or have any questions for our panelists today, please type them into the Q&A box and hit "Send." Here's a quick look at what we'll be covering today. First, we'll hear from Dr. Lenny Favara, Provost and Chief Academic Officer, who will give us an overview of Central Christian College of Kansas, followed by Doug Schroeder, who is a faculty member in the online criminal justice program. He's gonna give us an overview of the Criminal Justice BS program and discuss career benefits of earning a criminal justice degree as well as the career opportunities available for graduates.

 

Student success advisor Claire Kelly will then talk about the support of online learning experience and what that means for online students, followed by enrollment advisor Tana Slawinski, who will talk about the requirements for admission and some important dates to keep in mind. We'll end with a Q&A session.

 

09:23 LP: If you have a general question about the online criminal justice program or questions specific for our panelists, please enter them into the Q&A box and we will try to answer as many as time allows. Now let's begin. Our first panelist, Dr. Lenny Favara brings 20 years of experience with Central Christian College of Kansas and also is an alum. Dr Favara, thanks so much for being with us today. Please share a little bit about your background with our audience.

 

09:51 DF: Thanks for having me. It's a privilege to be here today to share a little bit about the college. As you said, I am an alum, so I went here, won't tell you the dates, but it was a long time ago. And so I have a long history with the college. I graduated, went elsewhere in the industry, and then just felt a real burden to come back and be a part of the college and continuing to assist people in completing their educations and furthering their vocational goals.

 

So I am very familiar with online learning. Some of my advanced degrees, after I had attended Central, actually were directly related to online learning. I completed those degrees online. And so we've taken a lot of what I've learned personally and experienced personally and tried to incorporate that in some of what you'll hear about today.

 

Really interested in criminal justice. My dad worked as a drug enforcement agent and a canine unit director and so I've been around that. I know still some of the signals, the sign off at the end of the day and so on. And I'm excited to be able to share about our criminal justice program today as well. So yeah, just a little bit about me.

 

11:08 LP: Thank you. Our second panelist, Doug Schroeder is a criminal justice program faculty member and is also an alum of the program. Doug, would you share a little bit about your background with our audience today?

 

11:23 DS: Yes, absolutely. It's my pleasure to be here and to speak well on Central Christian's behalf. I've got a unique background in that I am also an alum, and I really got the inspiration for education once I started classes here at Central. I think a lot of people go into this thinking, I just want that piece of paper at the end to say that I've accomplished something to see what doors that might open up, but it's really the process along the way that really inspired me to continue my education.

 

I'm a graduate of Northwestern University's Police Staff and Command program. I further got my Master's locally, but all of that was through online format. So, not only am I on the faculty and teach, instruct via this online format but I've also learned in several different platforms. So, I think that makes a relatable experience when I talk to students and when I teach some of the classes. I have taught a couple already and continue to do so.

 

Criminological Theory, Ethics in Criminal Justice, Terrorism and Counter Terrorism is a few of them. I'm not gonna bore you with all of my background but kind of a highlight of mine is that I was recently named Presidential Medal of Valor recipient, and I'm looking forward to going to DC to receive that here soon. So, again, good to be with you.

 

13:01 LP: Thank you. Now I'd like to turn it over to Dr. Favara to give us an overview of Central Christian College.

 

13:08 DF: Yeah. So, Central Christian, we've actually been around for quite a while. We were founded in 1884. Back then we were just a junior college. Actually, until we became a four-year college, we were the oldest junior college in the state of Kansas.

 

So that tells you we've been around, we've been through the ropes, we've learned many things, and we continue to move forward. We continue to be a small, private, Christian college. We focus on the small and the idea that we try to keep class sizes small and the experiences very personal so that you receive a personal experience as you move through this.

 

We have over 40 areas of study throughout the institution. Now, today, we'll just be talking primarily about criminal justice.

 

14:03 DF: But, you gotta keep in mind, one of the great things about an experience like this, and even though we're located in McPherson, Kansas, which you may ask, "Now where in the world is that?" The reality is we're a very global campus because students come from all over the United States and across the globe as well. Military active people, and so on, who are participating in our programs.

 

So even though we're in McPherson, the fact that you're looking at an online program means that you're really a global student. Our mission is a Christ centered education for character, so what we're looking for is how to build a character.

 

We do that through a Christ centered approach, which means we are a Christian institution. So, we do teach from a Christian worldview, but the challenge for you is really about how do I develop character in my life? How do I become more than just a law enforcement officer or grow my knowledge of criminal justice?

 

15:05 DF: How do I become a better individual to my community and so on? And so that's just part of who we are. Our vision is to be able to do that to any student who's interested.

 

So we provide that Christ centered education to any student. So just so you know, because people look at Christian... You don't need to be a Christian to be in the online criminal justice program. We will teach from that perspective and you'll be challenged with it, but it's not a requirement. We have people from all walks of life, all ethnicities, all ages, and that's what makes learning in an environment like this so interesting.

 

15:39 DF: We are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, so you can be assured that what you're learning is recognized. We're accredited with the same accreditation as you would any state, so we're in the state of Kansas, so Kansas State University or Kansas University, we have the same level of accreditation that they have. We are a military friendly school which means we work with military families, and military retirees, or people who are currently in the military. And as you can see, we've been recognized a number of times.

 

There's some badges along the bottom which just highlights some of the things we've done. We are a diverse campus. We're a low-cost campus. It speaks to the fact that we've been around for a long time, we know what we're doing, and we're excited about being able to do it with you. Ligia, I think that's it for that slide.

 

16:34 DF: Yeah, so let me talk a little bit about... Really, I want you all to focus in on that Fit Four on the right side of your screen. We talk about our mission being a Christ centered education for character, we define character as people who have a fit heart, a fit mind, a fit body, and a fit soul. And what we're talking about here is a holistic approach to your education.

 

And this is gonna be a lot different than maybe any other online criminal justice program you're looking out because we're not just focused on, let's take fit mind. That makes sense. You're going for an education. You're gonna get a degree. So you're gonna learn things. Alright, that's true. That's true of any college you go to.

 

17:12 DF: The difference at Central Christian is we're not just focused on that element in your life. Yeah, you're gonna learn some new things, and so you're gonna gain some intellectual prowess and understand things. But we're focused on other things as well. Fit hearts.

 

We wanna know that our graduates are people that can interact with a diverse world, that understand social responsibility, understand cultural differences, can speak civilly and engage civically in the communities around them. And that's all part of that fit heart. Fit mind, we already talked about, but that's the ability to be critical thinkers. Fit bodies, it's not so much that, especially with an online program, it's not like we're gonna virtually make you run a mile.

 

What we're talking about is that I'm vocationally capable of doing the things that I'm learning about. I'm gaining skills that I can actually use. And so that's what we're talking about with this idea of fit body.

 

18:10 DF: Now you'll also be challenged to take care of yourself. And what does that mean? What does it mean to be a person who's physically able to respond to the needs around them? And lastly, again because of our focus we're gonna deal a little bit with fit soul.

 

Really it's the question of, how do I reflect upon myself? Who am I? Who am I to the people around me? Who am I to this creation that I exist on? What do I need to do in response to that? We're gonna equip you with the tools to reflect on that.

 

So I think a real feature of some of what you're gonna experience outside of the curriculum, which Doug is gonna share about, is really this idea that my faculty and the curriculum and my experiences are going to try to form in me these character components. And I think that's a real difference in the education you experience here. Ligia.

 

19:03 LP: Thank you. Now I'd like to turn it over to Doug to give us an overview of the online Bachelor of Science as well as the online Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice degree program.

 

19:14 DS: Yeah. Let's look at those one at a time here. The Bachelors in Science is a wonderful course. The first thing that I really need to note here is the course availability. It is 100% online. I can tell you from experience that I started the course and ended the course and I never stepped foot on their beautiful campus. I've since done so just to want to see it and get to know some people. But it is 100% online.

 

There's 40 courses. Each course is about, is exactly rather, six weeks long. So what that means is a student will start on a course and that will be the only course that they take for that six weeks. After that six weeks if they've completed their work they'll be awarded three credit hours if that's what that course is. So you know that appeals to a lot of people cause they can really get themselves into the text, the research behind the course and they don't have to skip between courses.

 

So one course every six weeks. I've heard a lot of people really enjoy that. The courses, the materials, everything is available online to the student. There's typically some video lecture and there is also the electronic textbook that's available online. So again, you don't need to be on campus. It's a beautiful campus. I'd invite you to go visit at some point if you could, but you do not have to be there to complete this.

 

20:53 DS: Transfer credits. I wanna talk about that just a bit. It's based on a transfer evaluation. There may be credits awarded for prior schooling, training, on the job experience, perhaps military service, that sort of thing. Maybe you're already a police officer and you've been to the police academy. That's something that can be evaluated. And before I get too far on that line I will have you note at the bottom of your screen on just about every slide here, there's a phone number and the website there that you can get more information on how to get some of that evaluated. Let me move on.

 

Basically, the ending program or course in the BS delivery here is a Capstone Project. And that is something really neat and a lot of students learn a lot there because we ask the student to get into something that they're already interested in or to research a problem that they believe their department's having.

 

Maybe it's their pursuit policy and they want to research literature on that. Perhaps it's a staffing issue or comparing 12 hour, 10 hour, and eight hour shifts and what that does to a person and the benefits, the pros and cons of it. But really it's a hands on learning that they can instantly bring back to their department and implement.

 

22:32 DS: The time to complete this is up in the air. And it's up in the air just because we don't know how many transfer credits you might be bringing in. You might get awarded for your police academy experience or something like that. So really can't give you a definite time of completion.

 

There are several curriculum themes: Forensic Science, Criminal Law, Ethics and Criminal Justice, Criminology, Police Administration, Crisis Management, Terrorism and Counter Terrorism. How that breaks down in the Bachelor's program is that there are 18 credits for foundational skills, 27 Liberal Arts, 48 credit hours of Criminal Justice core and then 27 hours of general elective. And you can see here on the next slide how those specifically break down and I think I'm just going to highlight a couple of those.

 

We certainly don't have the time to give you everything about those courses. But that brings up another question that I'm often asked and that's, "What's the difference between the training that I go to as a police officer, you know, the academy, the continuing ED hours that we're all mandated, and an education?" And the training end of it is really instruction on how you do something, how you complete a task.

 

23:58 DS: And the education end, and what I've found that is really important about this online criminal justice program, it asks you, "Why do we complete the task this way?" Really a lot of the answers that we find in life, is struggling with the question.

 

So we bring out a lot of questions in some of these curriculum classes, some of these core classes. For example, terrorism and counter-terrorism. Our responsibility as law enforcement has changed immensely since September 11. I think everybody can agree on that. A unique thing about Central Christian is that we often have at least one, sometimes more, veteran students in the class. And so through that, we get a different perspective on this.

 

We get a perspective from somebody who has gone overseas and fought for their country, whereas maybe some of us has not. And that diversity is really a strength, and we can learn so much from our peers. One way that we do that in the courses is through a discussion board.

 

And literally the instructor posts the question, the students are then asked to weigh in on that question with both their opinion, experience, and what research says about that question. And then we talk; similar to a classroom but it's done online in a thread. There are also some writing assignments.

 

25:34 DS: Typical class would have both of these as elements. And going back to the discussion in Ethics and Criminal Justice specifically, we talk about The Stanford Experiment, where even good people can make bad decisions.

 

Absolute ethics versus situational ethics, free will versus determinism. It really honestly, it makes you question the world around you, which is wonderful. Like I said, I think there's strength in knowing the questions, and not just knowing what you think is the answer. Again, we've got, just continuing down there, criminal law, victimology, criminal justice the capstone project, whatever that might be. It can take on numerous forms.

 

But what's most important about that is it can be applicable to what you are currently doing. If you're an investigator or a patrol officer and you've always wondered, "Well, what's behind this policy?" or "Should this policy be changed?" Lets you do some research on that. Continuing down, there are also some electives, a number of them. The positive thing about electives is that you can pick and choose where your interest levels might be and that sort of thing. So that sums up the Bachelor's Criminal Justice Program and the curriculum.

 

27:01 DS: I think we'll move on to look at the Associate's Criminal Justice Degree Program here and your next screen here breaks that down into the foundational skills, the liberal arts courses, and then the criminal justice courses. You can read those and what is in the foundational skills. What I really like about this are the first three classes: Essentials for College Success, Writing for Life, and Writing for College. Many of you out there are probably like I was.

 

There was a number of years between either your Associate's Degree in College or high school and any College at all. Well, these three courses really set the student up for success. They tell the student what an instructor is looking for in their writing and basic things like how to cite a source, how to use APA Guidance to correctly do that, and give credit to prior authors. If you're anything like me, when I went through high school, you'd go to a Rolodex and pull out a card and you did a bibliography. And things are much different and much better.

 

So I think those three classes really set a student up for the rest of them, and success in the rest of them. One I'll highlight there in Liberal Arts is the Contemporary Culture and World View.

 

28:25 DS: Whereas that title may not grab your attention, I found it to be one of the best classes that I took. It really gave an insight into the tension in the world, and something... You can apply that insight into, "Why is there terrorism now? Why do we have extremist groups? Where is the friction and where is that tension?"

 

So moving along there to Program Objectives. Again, Dr. Favara already talked about a fit mind, a fit heart, a fit soul, and a fit body and what that means. And that's something that we really base our coursework, our discussion, everything that we do in the course on this. Fit mind, meaning the student can summarize historical developments of Criminal Justice systems and the role of justice in American global community.

 

Fit heart, that means the student can describe influence in behaviors related to administration of justice, or how each is affected by worldviews and culture. A fit soul, the student can articulate ethical framework that recognizes the interplay of professional faith, natural law, and public policy.

 

And then finally, a fit body is the student can employ appropriate procedures associated with Law Enforcement, administration, and the prevention, detection, and the regulation of crime and criminal behavior.

 

30:00 LP: Thank you. Doug, would you share with our audience some of the benefits of earning a degree in Criminal Justice?

 

30:08 DS: Yeah. You bet. Certainly, it prepares you for a career in Criminal Justice, which were gonna highlight some of those careers in the next slide. But I go through often, as I am a police chief, and look at want ads for police officers and a number of agencies more and more are moving towards a professional model in requiring more education of their applicants. And so it prepares students for that and also for advancement.

 

I know that we have a number of prospective students that are already working in law enforcement and they want this to able to test for sergeant, detective, lieutenant, chief, have it available when they run for sheriff something like that. It is a science based education that provides people with a strong foundation in the areas of math, social science, biology, and psychology. The perspective, the curriculum provides students with a unique perspective, that of human behavior and law enforcement management.

 

31:16 DS: And really, how those two perspectives intertwine. The unique worldview here affords the students to advance their understanding of ethical and moral approaches, and as you've got there on the slide, the salary potential.

 

Referencing the Bureau of Labor Statistics, graduates with a Bachelors degree earn $1,000 more per week than individuals with just a high school diploma. Of course, that's across all different walks of life in Bachelors degree, but I could say that that rings true in criminal justice that the higher educated you are, the more that you might earn.

 

Of course, it's not all about what the paycheck gives you. One true benefit of this is really the confidence of completing a project or a degree that you were somewhat unsure about. Something that you weren't sure maybe what you were getting yourself into, but got into it, really enjoyed it and earned that confidence from the completion.

 

32:33 LP: Thank you. Can you share with our audience now a little bit about what the career landscape looks like for graduates?

 

32:39 DS: Yeah. When I talk to people about something like this topic I always mention we're trying to work ourselves out of a job. We're maybe the only profession that is. But there's no way that we're going to.

 

Unfortunately, there's evil in this world. People will continue to make bad decisions. And so there's a little bit of research on this slide on maybe what you're looking at. If you're looking at being a probation officer, you can see that the job is growing about 6%.

 

The average annual salary is $50,000 just over $50,000. Perhaps the federal level is something that you're wanting to attain and be an FBI agent. Average job salary is just over $68,000 and, again, job growth in this area. We're trying to work ourselves out of a job, but if you listen to the news at any point you can quickly recognize that we're not going to anytime soon.

 

33:42 LP: Thank you. There are many options available for students looking to complete their criminal justice degree online. Dr Favara, can you give our audience an idea of the benefits of choosing to enroll in the criminal justice program at Central Christian?

 

33:57 DF: Yeah. Actually, the officer, or I don't know what you call him, but Doug, he's done a great job. The big thing he brought out was this issue of flexibility and accessibility. I still think that's a major issue. I know that when I went through my program, I'm trying to raise kids, I've got church and community issues, I've got work and all this is going on and somehow I was supposed to be getting my education.

 

I needed education to bend to me rather than the other way around. That's a great thing about this online criminal justice program. It allows you to be very flexible and accessibility is on your time. Because it's a 100% online you have your iPad, if you have your phone, a computer, as long as you have an internet access you can go do what needs to be taken care of. So anywhere you need to be and that's great. If I'm working shifts, it doesn't matter.

 

I'm sure Officer Schroeder could speak to the fact that he has students turning things in any time that they need to. And accessibility, the faculty are a phone call or an email away and that's really a great thing. This idea of asynchronous learning is really, again, another part of flexibility. Online anytime is the way we say that. Anytime you need to get on, however, it works for you.

 

35:34 DF: You can get on holding on a kid on one hip, fixing the door and taking a class, listening to a lecture at the same time. It doesn't matter. We've talked a little bit about balance. I like to say it more as it's a holistic education. We're concerned about you as an individual. That's just part of who we are as Central Christian. We're not just about pushing diplomas. We wanna know that our people are out there.

 

Think about it, as a law enforcement member... I was at the shopping store the other day and my four year old recognized one of the guys, wasn't in uniform but knew he was a policeman and was like, "Hi sir," and walked up to him and talked to him. We are members of a community as more than just our job. So we want to make sure individuals that graduate are effective members of their communities, not just effective officers, or whatever they're planning to do in law enforcement.

 

36:29 DF: The idea of networking, it's really interesting. Our student body is made up anywhere from perhaps younger students who are getting started in law enforcement to veterans who have been in law enforcement for years but are looking to further their careers.

 

And so the richness of all that discussion in classes and the different experiences and how one department does it or one division does it, that you get to share in all that. And just also being able to hear what's going on in the field in other areas, as well as when it's time to look for jobs or hear about opportunities.

 

You become part of an alumni network that is so much greater than just the cohort or the class that you're in. You're gonna get to meet all kinds of people. And for years and years to come, you can always rely back on that alumni base to help you as you further your career or your vocation.

 

37:30 DF: Affordable tuition. We are recognized as one of the seventh among the top 50 most affordable colleges in the nation. And we work hard to keep that cost low but keep the experience high, so that makes it good for you.

 

Many people even have departments or employers that will help them continue that, so that cost with financial aid, which is another issue there. We know that 97% of our students qualify for financial aid. So this may be a low cost option for you, which will only result in more pay and greater ability to further your career.

 

There's no fees to apply, everything's free. If you wanted to see what it's like to get started, we're not gonna charge you anything about that. Get in, find out, apply, get a transfer evaluation done. No money, there's no money that's gonna be charged for all that. We don't take care of any of that until you actually start classes.

 

38:28 DF: And the great thing is, you don't have to worry about anything more. The fees that you are charged in tuition are just what you pay. You don't have to worry about going to get books. We have a book program that, if it's electronic, it'll just be in your class.

 

If it's a hard book, it'll show up the week before your class gets started, at your door. You finish your course, and then you just send it back, unless you want to pay to keep it. And that's all included. So you don't have to go on Amazon and search for the book, and what's the cheap one, is this the right one.

 

We don't want anything to get in the way of you living your life, and you getting a good education. So those are a couple of things that I think are really important. And plus, you get to learn from guys like Doug and he's an awesome guy and has tons of experiences. And I think you should do it.

 

39:25 LP: Thank you. Now, as some of you may already know there are many benefits of earning a degree online, but that can vary depending on the program you choose and the school. I'd like to ask the student success advisor, Claire Kelly, to give us an idea of the type of support that online students can expect while in the online criminal justice program.

 

39:43 Claire Kelly: Sure. Thank you so much. Even though you're learning online, just as Dr. Favara mentioned, you're part of the community. So we're here to support you from before you even start your online criminal justice program through graduation.

 

When you first reach out to us you'll work with an amazing enrollment advisor. You'll hear from her in just a moment. And once you get started, you'll work with someone like me. I'm a student success advisor. I'm here to support you, answer questions that you have, help you get used to online learning, manage your time, balance with your busy life, and just keep you on track towards your goal of graduation.

 

You also have wonderful faculty, just like Doug. He's here to help you succeed. He wants you to do well. He works closely with me in student success, so we all wanna make sure that you're going to the right place, you're getting all your questions answered. And then, you also have additional support such as career degree counseling. You get transfer credit evaluation to make sure you're making the most of previous academic work, previous police work. Just to make sure that you are getting to where you wanna go as fast as possible.

 

And also, making the best use of what you've done in the past. In student success, we like to say, if you're not sure where to go, come to us because we will figure out where you need to go. If we don't know the answer we'll get you the person that does, and we'll be here to support you as you reach that goal of graduation.

 

41:04 LP: Thank you. Now, I'd like to invite Tana Slawinski, our enrollment advisor, to talk about the requirements for admission, and just some important dates and deadlines to keep in mind.

 

41:15 Tana Slawinski: Thank you. Good afternoon. So this is an easy process. I get the easy part, [chuckle] the online application. Part of it is getting in touch with everyone and going through an interview. That's the main thing to make sure that we are a good fit.

 

Once we do that the requirements for admission are a minimum 2.0 GPA, obviously you have to complete our application, which is very easy. I actually went through it today. It takes about five to ten minutes, if that. It's very simple. We do require high school equivalency, which would be either proof of high school diploma or GED, and then your official transcripts. Which what's great about that is, we do our best to request those for you, and even take care of the fees for those transcripts.

 

We do have dates starting November 27th, which I still have availability for, and then our start after that would be January 15th of 2018. So like I said we're still accepting applications for both November 27th and January 15th.

 

42:21 LP: Thank you. So now we've reached the Q&A section of our presentation and our first question is, how... It's for you, Doug. How have graduates used the Capstone Project to advance in their professional career? Can you provide any example perchance?

 

42:43 DS: Well, yeah I can. Again, what is so desirable about this class is the students can pick a topic area in which they have an interest in. Perhaps they're a patrol officer but they're wanting to test very soon for investigations work or narcotics work or maybe they just, they have an issue, they have a problem with how something's being done and they want to see the research behind it and they want to support what they think ought to be done.

 

I examined 12-hour shifts. A lot of officers are working 12-hour shifts and it wears the person out or there are more traffic accidents. Do officers perform at the same level when they work an eight hour shift? There's been numerous things, and that's just on the law enforcement end. I tend to go there since I work in the field.

 

But recidivism in our prisons is a real problem. What can we do? What kind of intermediate sanctions might be available? What we're doing right now is not working well but is it the best we have? So all of those are things that students can research and then take right back to their jobs that they're in or be able to have that knowledge for any future advancement opportunities.

 

44:10 LP: Thank you. Another question for you Doug. What can students expect from you in class and are you available for one on one conversations with students?

 

44:22 DS: Oh yes. Very much so. I think Dr. Favara hit it right on the head when he said that there are relationships built in class. Now people might think, well how do you do that when you only converse, or mainly converse via the internet and in the online criminal justice program here.

 

You'd be surprised because some of the discussion board, we really bring out our personalities and I encourage that. There are many students that have called me well after they've had my class and just ask my opinion about something. Something either bothering them or something they want to look into more, right down to a lot of law enforcement trade police patches or police challenge coins and I've had students want to do that.

 

And so we set those personal experiences up through a lot of the discussion and interaction that we have online. I do, again contact, I offer my cell phone, my department email and there is messaging within the curriculum, within the platform rather. I check that morning and night and several times in between. I invite people if it's urgent or if they need to know an answer they call me. I've received numerous calls and I think that's important.

 

I think it's also important that here at CCCK the classes don't get to 50 individuals, that they are very manageable. Sometimes there may be 10 people in a cohort and so that ratio to instructor is very favorable for them.

 

46:11 LP: Thank you. Can you also explain how many hours a week students should be prepared to study, or to dedicate to their studies?

 

46:20 DS: Yeah. And I think maybe Dr. Favara would have more accurate statistics, but basically, for every credit hour, and this would be at any institution this expectation for any credit hour, a student needs to plan on three hours outside of that credit hour to accomplish all of the reading materials, listening to the lecture from the textbook author, and completing discussion board posts and any writing assignments that there might be in that unit.

 

So what that means for a three credit class, there would typically be nine hours outside of class that the officer would, on average, need to put in to get the grade that they want to and the material that they want to out of that class. Now again, the nice thing is, just like just about everybody else going through this, I know what it's like. I had young kids. I still have kids and work life doesn't get any less hectic, family things, and church obligations, those don't slow down.

 

But if you think 9 hours in week, most of us waste a whole lot more than nine hours per week doing something we could have done productively. So really the time, when it's a topic that you're enjoying, and you're learning about, that time is... It really doesn't register as time used.

 

48:04 LP: Thank you. And a question for Dr. Favara. Can you share some of the attributes of your faculty on the online criminal justice program?

 

48:13 DF: Yeah. That's no problem. Actually, as Doug was talking about, he's totally right. One of the great things too is if you can multitask, you're really good. I've seen students or heard of students jogging on the treadmill, reading or listening to a lecture and so, then you're really getting twice as much done.

 

But again, what he's talking about is it... Nine hours may be what you need, some students move faster and the point is you can do it when you need to do it. The nice thing is it's not certain hours that you got to go sit in a classroom and you've gotta interrupt your life to do it. You can do it as you need to do it. And another thing, I don't think we brought up, but this is again part of the support network.

 

We also make sure because there are some classes like the Gen Ed courses that you run into that maybe, "I don't have much experience with that and I'm afraid. Am I gonna be all alone? I'm gonna fail the course."

 

49:13 DF: Part of what you also receive is free tutoring through an association that we have with an online tutoring partnership. And so if you need extra help, even beyond all the help you already get with an advocate, and your faculty, and your fellow students, we're gonna make sure you get that as well.

 

I think your question though is about the faculty, this is one of the reasons why I love the Online CJ degree program. Unlike maybe other majors that, and I hate to use the term, but it's got some old fuddy duddy's that got a degree and now they're teaching the subject. Our criminal justice staff, take Chief Schroeder here, just as an example, he is the real thing and you're interacting with people. We have judges, we have officers, we have agents, who just part of their lives is they wanna be involved with educating students and so, you're talking to people who are the real thing.

 

Now all of them will have a Master's degree because that's part of what we do. We don't want people teaching who haven't advanced in their own educational experiences. But nearly all of them are also real time people doing the real work of law enforcement. So that's pretty cool.

 

50:29 LP: Thank you. Now, I've got another question for Doug. Can you share a little bit about your experience as a student in the online criminal justice program?

 

50:37 DS: Yeah. Yeah. I think I can remember back. I had the pleasure of graduating with CCCK's very first class. And to echo what Dr. Favara had just said, the faculty that I interacted with were absolutely top notch.

 

I remember a criminal justice investigations class where the instructor was a federal agent and we would talk a little bit offline, e-mail back and forth and I knew he had life going on as well. He told me about some raids and stuff that they were involved in recently. I can only echo that support system. I think everybody that decides to go back to school or continue their education, they go into it with a little anxiety and I can tell you I was the same way. I was like, "What if I fail? What if I don't like it? What if it's a bad experience?" That sort of thing.

 

What I really love about Central here is their support staff. It is nearly impossible to have a bad experience because there are just so many people there available for you to succeed. So faculty, my experience in the Criminal Justice program as I said when I led off, it was really my inspiration.

 

I thought I knew what I thought I knew and then I was challenged with questioning the world around me, and I found that so interesting I continued on. I continued on to an executive program and getting my Master's degree and wanting to give back to a student that might feel that same way, and that's why I enjoy instructing.

 

52:27 LP: Thank you. Is the criminal justice field difficult to enter?

 

52:33 DS: For me, Ligia?

 

52:35 LP: Yes. Yes.

 

52:36 DS: Yes. I would say it is and it should be. I don't think just anybody out there should be in the criminal justice field. I think it takes special individuals to do special work, and they have to be of the highest integrity and they need to have demonstrated that throughout their lives.

 

So is it hard to get to? I would speak for most chiefs in at least our area, you probably have 20 to 30 applicants per open position, so that's a little difficult. So an education really puts yourself above where a lot of those applicants are coming into.

 

53:21 LP: Thank you. Now, I'd like to ask Tana. Tana, what can our audience expect if they call an enrollment advisor?

 

53:30 TS: Well, the first thing that we wanna do is really just talk to them about their commitment level to this, why they're wanting a degree in criminal justice. I go into a lot of details about the things that Dr. Favara and Doug have spoken about.

 

I talk about the Fit Four. I talk about the curriculum. So once we decide together whether it is the right fit, I'm going to walk you through the application or at least send you the link to the application. I don't want to necessarily walk you through it because it is fairly simple. But I also set up expectations for them to know that they have to communicate with me so that I can help them get started on time, whether that be sending back transcript request forms, doing the financial aid.

 

I set up a welcome call with their student success advisor. So the main thing they're gonna expect from me is to talk to me for a little bit, initially, and then continue to communicate so that I can help them get started on time.

 

54:28 LP: Thank you. So anyone listening today, if you have a question about the online criminal justice program, please do not hesitate to reach out to Tana. She's got a lot of information and is happy to share it with you. And that concludes our webinar presentation today. I wanna give a big thank you to our panelist and to our audience. So this concludes our webinar. Have a great day everyone. Thank you.

 

54:53 DF: Thank you much.