When planning to go to college, finding the right university for you can be tough. The competition is fierce and nearly every college is going to say they are the best.
And why wouldn’t they? If a person works for a university, he or she should believe that all others are inferior. Otherwise, they should be working elsewhere, right?
By C J Oakes
Given that, we have been trying to come up with a way to let our readers know how schools rank for factors important to each individual.
This is no easy task because while one university may have an excellent Criminal Justice program, another may excel in Law. Some students may want a small campus, some large. Others still may want no campus at all and prefer to go to college online.
Fortunately, we did not have to reinvent the college ranking wheel (whew).
I recently received an email from the website BestColleges.com. The email said in part,
“BestColleges.com has recently published their annual rankings of America’s Top Online Master’s, Bachelor’s & Associate Programs in Criminal Justice for 2017, and the state of Texas has been well represented! Texas has 3 schools ranked among the top universities in the country offering criminal justice programs online! In addition, 1 associate level program has also been recognized! Non-profit schools were ranked using 11 key data points derived from the National Center for Education Statistics, broken down into 3 weighted categories: academic quality, affordability & online programming. Dallas Baptist, Sam Houston State and The University of North Texa s have shown that high-quality education in criminal justice can extend past the traditional classroom!
“We’re excited to recognize these accomplishments and encourage you to join us in sharing this information with others in the criminal justice community!”
OK. So, the webmaster could tell I live in Texas and naturally, I do love to see universities in my state fare well. But more importantly, I want to help my readers find the best program for them.
So, I did some digging on BestColleges.com and here is what I found.
BestColleges.com offers a wide array of useful information for anyone planning college. In fact, the site offers ranking and practical guidance for current and prospective students. Here is some of what you can expect to find.
- How to Choose a Major
- Undergrad Writing Tips
- How to Handle School Stress
- Information specific to careers by degree program including a list of the best states for a Criminal Justice degree.
- How colleges rank across various features such as student life.
- There is even an alphabetic searchable listing of more than 7000 schools.
In short, I wish I had found this when I went to college. Although I cannot say I am displeased with where I got my degree, I am sure I would have found making my way through the process much simpler.
Now for the CriminalJusticeLaw.org Disclaimer
The Federal Trade Commission has rules related to Truth-in-Advertising. You know, when you see an actor on TV touting the benefits of some new pee-pill you also see at the bottom of the screen the small print that says “Paid endorsement.” Online, anyone who tells of another website in the way I just did is supposed to let readers know they are an affiliate or paid to do so.
We are not.
Truth be told, we would like to have such a relationship with BestColleges.com because after checking them out, we can wholeheartedly recommend to our readers what they provide, but as of now, we are not in any way supported nor paid by them to endorse them.
We just thought we should make that clear. The one last thing they added to their request for news was as follows. This information is also included in our Career Links for those who are interested.