PHONE: (313) 593-5644
DATE: Oct. 31, 2003
UM-Dearborn partners with OCC for criminal justice studies
DEARBORN---A new partnership between the University of Michigan-Dearborn
and Oakland Community College will
make it easier for students earning associate degrees in criminal justice
at OCC to seek a bachelor's degree in criminal justice studies at UM-Dearborn.
The agreement allows OCC students to seamlessly transfer up to 62 credit
hours toward an undergraduate degree at UM-Dearborn. OCC has four programs
in its criminal justice
curriculum: law enforcement, corrections, police evidence technology
"This program is a nice example of how two institutions can work
together to provide the best for our students," according to UM-Dearborn
Chancellor Daniel Little.
"This agreement is a powerful inducement for our graduates to continue
their education and make themselves far more marketable," said Mary
S. Spangler, chancellor of Oakland Community College.
In addition to helping OCC degree students, the partnership will apply
to incoming UM-Dearborn freshman entering the criminal justice degree
program. The university requires 19 to 20 hours in areas that are not
offered in its curriculum. The agreement will allow these students to
take those criminal justice core courses at OCC without loss of credit.
Another highlight of the partnership is that UM-Dearborn students may
apply their financial aid toward credit hours at OCC. Usually a student's
financial aid package is applied only to courses taken at their home campus.
justice studies program, which currently enrolls 80 students, has
shown dramatic growth since its creation in 2001, according to Prof. Donald
Anderson, chair of the Department of Social Sciences.
"Our program offers a flexible, individualized curriculum that builds
on the existing associate degree programs at the community college level,"
Anderson said. "Faculty and counselors at the community college level
are excited with the career options our program opens to their students
and are becoming our best recruiters. And transfer students have been
very impressed with the quality of our faculty and courses, and have become
some of our best ambassadors."
For more information about the criminal justice studies program at UM-Dearborn, contact Anderson at (313) 593-5096. For more information about OCC's program, contact David Adams, executive director of marketing, at (248) 341-2020.