Tennessee State University and Motlow State Community College are considering a program which would allow students to earn a four-year degree in criminal justice from TSU with all classes meeting on the Motlow campus in Moore County.
The schools will hold an informational meeting Tuesday afternoon at Motlow and officials say they need at least 20 students to make the program happen.
Motlow already has a similar "2+2" cooperative program allowing students in elementary education to earn a four-year degree from Tennessee Technological University on the Motlow campus. The program is called "2 + 2" because the first two years of curriculum are generated by the community college, leading to an associate's degree, and then the two years of upper-level courses are provided by the university.
If enough interest is shown and the program is established, students will be able to complete a bachelor's degree in criminal justice through TSU, with all classes meeting at Motlow College, said Dr. Niles Reddick, dean of humanities and social science at Motlow.
"We have seen a tremendous increase in interest in criminal justice as well as homeland security and have been offering an associate's degree with an emphasis in criminal justice administration for several years," Reddick said. "This 2+2 program will respond to those students wishing to further their studies in the criminal justice field."
"Criminal justice administration is an area which has attracted much interest among our students recently," said Charle Coffey, director of academic services at Motlow. "We're excited to bring this new educational opportunity to them and to other potential students in area communities."
To establish the 2+2 Criminal Justice Program will require about 20 students, according to Troy Grant of TSU.
Grant said the proposed classes will be offered in a variety of formats, including the traditional classroom setting, online, interactive television, and hybrid, which is a combination of formats.
The meeting will begin at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Glass Leadership Center, which is located in the Marcum Technology Center on Motlow's Moore County campus. Anyone interested in enrolling in the program is encouraged to attend.