Monroe College

March 29, 2005 06:00 ET

First in New York State, Online Criminal Justice Bachelor's Degree Offers``New York City Experience'' to Police Departments Worldwide



MARCH 29, 2005 - 06:00 ET

First in New York State, Online Criminal Justice
Bachelor's Degree Offers``New York City Experience''
to Police Departments Worldwide

NEW YORK--(CCNMatthews - Mar 29, 2005) -

The first-ever, entirely online Bachelor's degree program in Criminal
Justice to be approved by the New York State Education Department will
be offered by Monroe College in The Bronx and New Rochelle beginning
with the start of its Spring Semester which starts April 28th.

"This is significant for police officers and other people working in the
criminal justice profession worldwide," said William H. McDonald, Ph.D.,
department chair. "Eighty percent of police departments in the United
States have a staff of fewer than 35 people. They have neither the
manpower nor the resources and experience to prepare for the post 9/11
world of criminal justice. Unfortunately, the reality of terrorist
attacks, gangs and increasingly larger prison populations are no longer
isolated to major markets such as New York City. Consider the recent
shooting rampage in the remote Indian reservation in Red Lake, MN."

McDonald said this online program is based on the "post 9/11 New York
City experience" and was developed with the working, experienced
criminal justice professional in mind. "Working criminal justice
professionals often have very legitimate reasons for why they can't
pursue a higher education degree. Because of the shift-work nature of
this profession, being able to show up to class on a specific day at a
specific time, for a consistent 15-week semester may be impossible. But
being able to take classes online, any day of the week, any time of day,
but still within a specific semester time-frame now only requires
motivation, primarily."

Noting that police officers, in particular, can retire with full
benefits before turning 40, "having the academic credentials to maximize
the potential value of 20-years or more as a criminal justice
professional should be a strong incentive in planning for the future,"
said McDonald.

McDonald, who has nearly 40-years experience as a highly-decorated law
enforcement professional, began his career in 1968 in the Washington, DC
metro police department. He achieved detective rank in 1972 when
officers from his precinct rounded up burglars at the Democratic Party
headquarters at the Watergate Hotel. He has assembled an instructional
staff of current and retired law-enforcement and other criminal justice
professionals since Monroe began offering the degree in 2003, all with
either Ph.D. or Masters degrees. It includes a former sergeant in New
York City Police Department Counter Terrorism Division, an active police
commissioner with experience in counter terrorism, intelligence, and
organized crime, and a Deputy New York State Attorney General.

Monroe College operates on a three-semester academic calendar. It
maintains a rolling admissions policy and is currently accepting
applicants for its Spring semester beginning April 28th. Traditional
on-campus classes are offered days, evenings and weekends. To inquire
about applying to the Online Criminal Justice Bachelor's degree program,
call 1-800-55-MONROE or 718-933-6700, ext. 246. Candidates interested in
and available to visit the campus are invited to attend an Admissions
Department Open House on April 11th at 11 AM or 5 PM, at either 2501
Jerome Avenue, The Bronx, or 466 Main Street, New Rochelle.

Founded in 1933, Monroe College has grown to become one of New York's
leading colleges offering programs in business, technology, and
professional studies. It offers bachelor's degree programs in
accounting, business management, computer information systems, criminal
justice, general business, health services administration, and
hospitality management as well as associate degree programs in
accounting and finance, business administration, business technologies,
computer information systems, criminal justice, culinary arts,
hospitality management, medical administration, and medical assisting.


Contact Information

    Monroe College
    Gary Axelbank, 718-933-6700, ext. 315
    Rob Seitz Communications
    Rob Seitz, 914-654-1506