Planning Meetings Slated to Discuss Possible Launch of Criminal Justice Degree Program at Regional Campuses

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

April 23, 2007 – Planning meetings are scheduled for this month and next at Southeast Missouri State University’s regional campuses to discuss the possible launch of a bachelor of science degree program in criminal justice at these locations.

The meetings are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. April 30 at the Kennett campus, May 1 at the Malden campus, and May 7 at the Sikeston campus. A planning meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. May 8 at the Perryville Higher Education Center.

Joyce Becker, director of Southeast’s Extended and Continuing Education, says classes in the program would be taught via interactive television and Web-blended courses.

University officials hope to launch the program in fall 2008, said Dr. John Wade, chair of Southeast’s Department of Criminal Justice. The program, which would feature a two-year cohort of courses, including summer courses, is contingent on the approval of the Coordinating Board of Higher Education.

If approved, four prerequisite courses for the program will be offered in fall 2007 and spring 2008 at the regional campuses, Wade said.

The evening program will be designed to serve people in the Southeast region currently working in law enforcement, youth services, probation and parole, and corrections who are seeking advancement in those areas, in addition to individuals interested in entering those fields for the first time.

“We are just hoping to reach out to a new audience that cannot get to the main campus,” Wade said.

Dr. Randy Shaw, assistant provost of the School of Extended Learning, said, “The Southeast Missouri State University regional campuses are committed to making more bachelor degree programs available at these off-campus sites. Criminal Justice is a program that we believe will be popular because it can provide graduates with excellent career opportunities in the region.”

For more information on the planning meetings, call the Kennett campus at (573) 888-0513, the Malden campus at (573) 276-4577, the Sikeston campus at (573) 472-3210, or the Perryville Higher Education Center at (573) 547-4143.