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Administration of Justice

Overview: 
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The Bachelor of Applied Sciences Program in Administration of Justice is an interdisciplinary program for students seeking a career in federal, state, and local law enforcement, public safety and corrections, courtroom systems, immigration and customs enforcement, and a variety of related professions. The degree serves students who have earned an Applied Associates Degree, as well as those who have real life experience in law enforcement or public safety.  Topics covered in the Administration of Justice BAS degree include criminal justice, procedural constitutional rights, the American judicial system, multicultural approaches, terrorism, gender law, contemporary issues in law enforcement, and immigration and border issues.  Additionally, the Administration of Justice program at UA South teaches provides students with analytical and critical thinking skills, the ability to communicate clearly and effectively, as well as organization and leadership skills.  Coursework is offered in traditional classroom settings, ITV, and online formats for maximum flexibility and accessibility. 

Expected Learning Outcomes: 

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to

1.     Describe the United States legal system, the sources of law, the branches of government, and the federal and state court systems.

2.     Identify the structure and functions of the American criminal justice system within its social and institutional context.

3.     Describe how the Constitution protects the rights of the accused and how the Supreme Court has interpreted these rights through key court cases.

4.     Analyze the structure and functions of the American criminal justice system within its social and institutional context; identify the various criminal justice institutions, including police, courts and corrections, and how they interact at the various stages of the criminal justice process.

5.     Survey the leading theorists in the Administration of Justice field and examine both classic and modern approaches to the analysis of crime and the causes of crime.

6.  Demonstrate critical thinking, using informed reasoning, thorough analysis and balanced evaluation skills in solving problems in the field of administration of justice.

7.  Demonstrate advanced written and oral communication skills. 

Assessment Activities: 

Assessment Plan:

1.  GPSV 313—the American Judicial System is the gateway course for the BAS in Administration of Justice.  Students will take a pre-assessment at the beginning of the course that tests their knowledge of Student Learning Outcomes 1 through 4 above.   This is an indirect measure, but will nevertheless reveal useful information about the initial preparedness of students for the Administration of Justice program and offer a baseline from which to judge how well the Administration of Justice BAS program meets the objectives articulated in the Program Student Learning Outcomes for students who complete the program.

2.  All required courses in the BAS in Administration of Justice include a major writing assignment that is assessed according to the standard program analytic rubric through D2L.  Assessment data collected through the application of this rubric will be analyzed on an ongoing basis.

3.  GPSV 498—Senior Capstone in Administration of Justice: the purpose of this capstone course is to assess whether students have acquired the central knowledge and skills that comprise the seven Student Learning Outcomes expected of the Administration of Justice program, by reporting and incorporating research conducted through engagement activities and academic sources within the field of administration of justice; developing, outlining, and preparing a thesis proposal; and completing a comprehensive research project/paper.  Student mastery of these outcomes will be assessed through an evaluation of the final research project/paper according to the standard program analytic rubric through D2L.  Assessment data collected through the application of this rubric to Senior Capstone Research Papers will be analyzed on an ongoing basis.

4.  Students in GPSV 498 will take a program Post-survey that asks them to rate the knowledge, skills, and abilities contained in the Program Student Learning Outcomes that they have acquired as a result of completing the Administration of Justice Program.  Students will also be asked whether learning outcomes for the program were clear; whether course content and materials, activities, assignments, and tests in their classes contributed to meeting the student learning outcomes of the Administration of Justice program. Finally, students will be asked what are the three most important things they learned in the Administration Program.  This information will be compiled and analyzed against the Pre-survey data.

Assessment Findings: 

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Administration of Justice is the newest degree program approved and implemented at UA South, welcoming its first transfer students in the Fall of 2014.  Consistent with the Assessment Plan outlined above, we will be analyzing the data collected from students completing GPSV 498--Senior Capstone in Administration of Justice.  These findings will include data obtained from the evaluation of students' capstone/cumulative project paper through the use of a standardized and comprehensive analytic rubric.  The findings will also include data compiled from the use of indirect measures administered as Pre- and Post- program surveys to students in the gateway and capstone courses.

Updated date: Thu, 04/27/2017 - 14:04