PHONE: (313) 593-5644
DATE: Feb. 18, 2005
UM-Dearborn agreement with American Correctional Association will help prepare students for careers in law enforcement
DEARBORN---An agreement between the University of Michigan-Dearborn
and the American Correctional Association
will allow students who complete the university's bachelor's degree program
in criminal justice to become certified for many law enforcement careers
at the same time.
"It's a major coup for this institution, and we're the first four-year
school in the country to have this sort of relationship with the ACA,"
according to sociology Prof. Kevin Early, who directs UM-Dearborn's
program in criminal justice. "This agreement is a sign of the
high quality of the program we offer our students, and the preparation
they bring to this important work."
Previously, ACA certification was only available through law enforcement
academies operated by police departments or government agencies.
The agreement was signed at the ACA's offices in suburban Washington
D.C. on Feb. 18. The ACA is the oldest and largest international association
in the field, and offers a wide variety of services including professional
training and certificate programs. Many police agencies require their
officers to be certified by the ACA.
"This partnership arrangement represents a significant step forward
in professionalizing the role of those who work in the field of corrections,"
said ACA Executive Director James A. Gondles, Jr.
The Corrections Certification Program offered by ACA is a national method
by which individuals can gain recognition as qualified correctional practitioners.
"Our certification program is designed to advance the overall knowledge
level of practitioners in the corrections field, promote the capabilities
of corrections professionals to the public, and enhance society's image
of corrections personnel," said Bill Sondervan, director of professional
development at the ACA. Further, it promotes the capabilities of correctional
professionals to the public by demonstrating their adherence to the ACA
Code of Ethics.
UM-Dearborn's criminal justice program is designed for students interested
in law enforcement who seek a broad liberal arts approach to the study
of criminal justice issues, according to Early. "The program produces
thoughtful, humane leaders with the technical skills and the social and
ethical sensitivity needed to succeed in the criminal justice field."
The program includes courses on the judicial process, civil rights, urban
politics, moral and political issues, social psychology and criminal law.
Students who graduate from UM-Dearborn with a bachelor's degree in criminal
justice and who complete an ACA application will receive provisional certification
from the ACA. Provisional certification will allow them to work for most
professional police and corrections agencies. Those who complete at least
one year of full-time professional employment in that kind of work, and
receive satisfactory or better evaluations from their supervisors, will
qualify for the ACA's three-year certification credential.
UM-Dearborn's bachelor's degree in criminal justice program has established
articulation agreements with community college programs in criminal justice
throughout the region. For more information about the program, contact
the criminal justice studies office at (313) 583-6404, or firstname.lastname@example.org.