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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.

Mary S. Spangler (right), chancellor of Oakland Community College, joins UM-Dearborn Chancellor Daniel Little (second from right) in signing the agreement.

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 and security.

"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.

UM-Dearborn's criminal 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.




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