What do I look for to find the best online criminal justice college?
By Jim Greenberg
Once you've taken a decision to pursue a career in the field of Criminal Justice, your will begin your quest for the college offering the best online criminal justice degree program. This probably is the most confusing part of all.
Besides checking for accreditation, reputation with employers and number of enrolments and costs, here are a few other benchmarks that you can use while doing a 'Strength- Weakness' analysis, of the different colleges:
1. Flexibility: A college that gives you maximum flexibility with regard to joining the program as well as studying for the program will definitely be of advantage. The ideal college must provide you with the controls to schedule your education, with no job interruptions, or time spent on travel. You should be able to go to your virtual class anytime, no matter where you are, and at any time during the year.
2. Rolling Admission System: Where the admission system allows you to enroll for the program at any time during the year.
3. Quickest Degree: Every student wants to get a degree in the shortest possible time. There are colleges that grant a bachelors degree in as little as 13 months or so as they give you credit for completing an equivalent coursework earlier.
4. Quality of Courseware: Your courseware should include a balanced mix of both theory and application. It should include individual research projects so that you gain experience in writing reports and giving presentations.
5. Teaching Techniques and Training Methods: Your online program must make use of a wide variety of tools and techniques to give you the 'close to real life' experience. There are unique distance education delivery systems today such as 'Cloudroom' that let students participate in live lecture broadcasts and interact with each other, real time.
A good online program includes a comprehensive and flexible e-Learning software platform, allowing the faculty and students to interact with each other through discussion boards, live chats and email etc.
6. Learning at an Individualized Pace: A superior online college program should have a structure that is collaborative, learner-based and one that recognizes people's varied learning styles and the need for proactive participation to promote long-term memory.
7. Internship opportunities: will help you translate your learning in the classroom to a real life work situation.
8. Learning about real-life environments: You can get this benefit when you have interaction with industry experts.
9. Personalized Financial Assistance: Several colleges give the benefit of a financial aid programs including loans, grants, scholarships for which you could qualify, upon application.
10. Employment & Placement Services: It is definitely a major advantage when the college provides you with a forum that allows you to interact with prospective employers.
About the Author
Jim Greenberg recommends you visit the Online Criminal Justice Degree Guide for more information on the best online criminal justice programs. See http://www.ocjdg.com/2006/02/which_online_un.html for more information.
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