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Administration of Justice On-Line Program at Mississippi College Receives National Honor

July 2, 2014

Mississippi College’s online programs in the administration of justice are gaining national recognition.

The MC program includes fields like criminology, Homeland Security, emergency management, loss prevention, criminal justice and pre-law. The program trains professionals to work in career fields stretching from retail giants to law enforcement agencies dealing with domestic crime and rising global terrorism.

After evaluating key factors like affordability and high graduation rates, the website socialsciencecareers.org lists the Mississippi College online program as No. 1 among its top 15 institutions. The list includes criminal justice programs at Penn State’s World Campus, Wichita State University, the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

The program at Mississippi College, the website says, “is perfect for students seeking a strong understanding of the role of Homeland Security in law enforcement in preparation for a career with the agency.”

In addition, the website notes that MC’s bachelor’s in the administration of justice boasts a 62 percent graduation rate or the best among the leading 15 institutions. Tuition for the Mississippi College program is $14,868.

The strong national ranking for the Administration of Justice program led by professor Harry Porter isn’t surprising to Mississippi College leaders.

“Dr. Porter has been tireless in his efforts to expand the curriculum to recruit qualified students into the program,” says Jonathan Randle, dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. “This ranking, which focuses primarily on the Homeland Security curriculum, is proof that such efforts are garnering national attention.”

Graduate School Dean Debbie Norris is delighted that MC’s online administration of justice program is winning national acclaim.

“Mississippi College has a long history of academic program integrity, regardless of the modality used,” Norris said.

When the program’s honor was announced in late June, Porter was on the road recruiting new students. His stops included campuses like Southern Union Community College and Faulkner State Community College, both in Alabama, along with two-year institutions in south Mississippi.

 This summer, the Clinton resident is also spreading the word to potential students at military bases like the Naval Air Station in Millington, Tennessee, and Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg.

Porter and his colleagues on the Clinton campus make online programs a perfect fit for people with busy lives, says graduate student Sam Maze.

“The online opportunities are very helpful to the students who work full-time or have families and can’t be on campus during the day,” says Maze, 25, an admissions counselor at the Baptist-affiliated university.

Studying Homeland Security/emergency management and loss prevention, the former MC Choctaws football player says Porter leads an outstanding team of professors making the program click.

Porter deserves a good deal of credit, Maze said, for working long hours to secure internships, and helping students select the right career path. MC’s Administration of Justice Center programs “are headed in a direction that will continue producing success.”

Mississippi College each year sends loss prevention students to attend the Retail Industry Leaders Association annual conferences in cities like Orlando. “Each year, students walk away with job offers,” Maze said.

Recent graduates of the MC administration of justice program like Dana Bruno are now working full-time in the Homeland Security field in Louisiana.

For more information, contact Harry Porter at 601-925-3266 or hporter@mc.edu or stop by his office at 205 Jennings Hall.

Photo: Mississippi College's Administration of Justice Faculty and Staff

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