Online degrees provide a flexible way for students to receive higher education, since they may require a balance between work, family and education. With so many degrees available online, it becomes easier for students to enroll in online programs. AffordableCollegesOnline.org has made it even easier to find a degree program by ranking the best degrees in various major fields. The University of West Georgia (UWG) was ranked number eight for criminal justice programs in the 2015-2016 rankings for best online programs.
Affordable Colleges Online spends months accumulating and evaluating data from hundreds of colleges and universities to determine which degree programs offer the best degrees. They assess which programs offer students the best combination of academic precision, flexibility, support and affordability.
Universities and colleges must meet a general criterion in order for their programs to be ranked. A basic requirement is for schools to offer a Bachelors degree or higher, be a public or private not-for-profit institution and offer at least one fully online bachelor’s degree program. Ranked schools are scored based on a number of metrics, such as their tuition rates, degrees available, graduation rate, student-faculty ratio, acceptance rates and job placements.
The Online Peer-Based Value (PBV) indicates the overall value of an online degree and is the most important scoring metric on Affordable Colleges Online. The PBV compares the cost of a program to the cost of other programs, and also compares the qualitative score of the program to the score of other programs with the same costs.
The faculty and staffs unwavering commitment to student success has allowed the Department of Criminology at UWG to separate itself from other programs. With an abundant amount of campus support, the program has flourished and succeeded over the last four years.
“A variety of things contributed to the programs success, including great faculty, staff and students, who provided valuable feedback,” said David Jenks, chair of the Department of Criminology. “We came together as a group and moved as a unit toward that goal.”
Few programs offer a Bachelors degree in criminology completely online. UWG not only offers the program online, but has also combined it with innovative faculty and experts who care about students as an individual and their long-term accomplishments in the field.
“We graduated roughly 90 students last year,” Jenks said. “We have graduates working throughout the U.S. and abroad.”
The requirement for graduation at most universities consists of 120 hours, and since the courses are online, students are able to complete assignments at their own convenience.
“[The program] maximizes flexibility in scheduling and offerings for all of our students,” he said.
The criminal justice program is delivered through eCore, an electronic core curriculum. The courses highlight the elements of criminology that include justice issues, the criminal court system, juvenile delinquency, drug abuse and research methods. With the completion of the program, students can work in a variety of different fields like private and non-profit law, government and criminal justice organizations.