Criminal Justice Degree-Completion Program cohort #1 (CJD 01) began its first classes on Saturday, Feb 2, 2008, after a convocation breakfast in the President’s Dining Room, which included comments from Provost Steve Pusey and Ron Maurer, chair of the division of social and behavioral sciences. This cohort has 14 students, including 8 Metro police officers, a corrections officer from the Riverbend Maximum Security Facility, a juvenile court officer, a representative from Caremark, a Dell senior computer specialist, a home health care worker, and a former police detective from Bogotá, Colombia.
The group completed its second module on April 5, 2008 and began its third module, Biblical Perspectives in Criminal Justice on April 12. Biblical Perspectives is taught by Don Dunlap, who also teaches in the MHR program.
Criminal Justice Program faculty members are professionals in the field who possess both advanced degrees and experience in some aspect of law enforcement. Classes meet once a week for four hours, for a total of 15 months. Members of the CJD 01 cohort will graduate in May 2009.