SRU criminology and criminal justice program ranked in “Top 50”


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Nov. 11, 2015

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's criminology and criminal justice program has been ranked among the Top 50 Best Value Criminal Justice Programs of 2016 nationally by

"Only regionally accredited university and college criminal justice programs were eligible, based on data reported by the College Scorecard, for consideration," said Carrie Sealey-Morris, editor of Value Colleges. "We filtered for universities and colleges that cost less than $20,000 per year, had a graduation rate of at least 55 percent or greater, and were public or private non-profits only. Programs were then ranked by our formula using three metrics: Payscale's 2016 college salary report; U.S. News & World Report's 2016 Criminal Justice rankings; and tuition rate as reported by each individual college."

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"Criminology and criminal justice is one of the fastest-growing non-medical professions in the U.S.," Sealey-Morris said. "Our goal is to identify criminology and criminal justice programs that are reputable, accredited and affordable."

"Careers like law enforcement, corrections, parole and legal clerks have a long history and will never be replaced by machines or outsourced," she said. "Other criminal justice careers, such as cybersecurity and border patrol, are relatively new or gaining in prominence in recent years and appear to not only be here for the long haul, but growing for the foreseeable future."

SRU recently added to its portfolio of programs in this area. Beginning in fall 2016 the University will offer a bachelor of science in homeland security and a bachelor of science in corporate security.

"The BSHS program will prepare students to develop expertise in the prevention, detection, investigation and remediation of threats to the United States," said David Champion, associate professor of criminology and criminal justice.

The program, which will require 120 credits with 60 major credits, is the first dedicated 60-credit-hour bachelor's degree offered by any State System university, or any commonwealth university.

The BSCS will provide students "with the knowledge, skills and abilities to prevent, detect, investigate and correct organizational security breaches due to man-made and natural disasters that threaten organizational infrastructure, key resources and business continuity," said Susan Lubinski, associate professor of criminology and criminal justice.

The program will require 120 credits with 60 credits in the major and will focus on two tracks: Organizational Security and Fraud. Two unique features of this program, Lubinski said, are that it will be the first corporate security degree in the State System, and it will be the only system program designed to achieve the professional Certified Fraud Examiner certification.

For more information about SRU's program visit:

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