Waynesburg University’s Criminal Justice Administration Program was recently ranked a top program overall and a top program for veterans in the state of Pennsylvania by College Factual.
Waynesburg’s program ranked No. 2 overall out of the 22 schools named to College Factual’s 2023 “Best Criminal Justice Schools in Pennsylvania” list. The program also was named the No. 1 school on College Factual’s “Most Veteran Friendly in Pennsylvania for Criminal Justice” list.
The continued recognition as one of the top programs in the state illustrates that our graduates are going out into the workforce and making an impact.”
“The faculty in the Criminal Justice Administration Program remain dedicated to preparing the next generation of lawyers, law enforcement officers, counselors and corrections officers through hands-on learning experiences to reinforce the traditional classroom learning,” said Adam Jack, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences and professor of criminal justice. “The continued recognition as one of the top programs in the state illustrates that our graduates are going out into the workforce and making an impact.”
College Factual uses several factors to steer its ranking methodology, including accreditation, student body caliber, educational resources, degree completion and post-graduate earnings.
Waynesburg’s Criminal Justice Administration Program features faculty members who are expert practitioners from the criminal justice field. Students receive unique, hands-on training, utilizing cutting-edge technology starting as early as freshman year.
This past year, the program added a patrol simulator to its collection of state-of-the-art equipment, which also features the Laser Shot Firearms Training Simulator and PatrolEyes body cameras.
“This is a training tool that, once again, puts us in a position to be one of the only schools in the United States to provide this type of immersive experience for our undergraduate students,” added Jack.
The patrol simulator is a driving simulator outfitted with the elements of a patrol car, including lights, a siren and a mobile digital terminal. It enables students to experience real-life scenarios through a series of exercises to enhance their understanding of being on patrol. The simulations can revolve around distracted driving, pursuits and navigating severe weather conditions.