We provide opportunities for students to get involved with the Criminal Justice Club and the Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society.
Alpha Phi Sigma – National Criminal Justice Honor Society
About Alpha Phi Sigma
Alpha Phi Sigma recognizes academic excellence of Undergraduate and Graduate students of Criminal Justice, as well as Juris Doctorate students.
The Goals of Alpha Phi Sigma are to honor and promote academic excellence; community service; educational leadership and unity.
Alpha Phi Sigma is the only Criminal Justice Honor Society which is a certified member of The Association of College Honor Societies and which is affiliated with The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
Requirements for Admission
- Major or Minor in Criminal Justice
- At least 12 hours completed in criminal justice courses
- Minimum GPA of 3.2 overall and in criminal justice classes
- At least 3 semesters of coursework completed
Center for Community Research & Evaluation Services
Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Director: Allyson Drinkard, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice & Sociology
Director: Michael Vimont, Ph.D., LISW-S, Associate Professor of Social Work
We provide practical and high quality applied research and evaluation services to social service agencies, administrations, and organizations that aim to improve the well-being of residents in Ashland, Wayne, and Richland counties and surrounding communities. We provide hands-on, real world opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to develop community connections and increase marketable job skills in social science research and evaluation.
How Can CCRES at AU Help You?
Because many agencies (especially those located in rural areas) do not have the resources and/or expertise to support internal evaluations of their social programs or have funding sources that require an external evaluation of programs, CCRES offers the following ways to help you achieve your research and evaluation goals:
- Conduct objective and scholarly program evaluations that are tailored to meet requirements set forth by your funding sources and strategic partners
- Collect valid and reliable evidence to measure your program’s processes and outcomes
- Assist with interpretation of data and use evidence-based information to guide you in program decision making
- Provide consultation in the writing of grants and other requests for funding
- Serve as the research and evaluation partner/consultant for your grant-funded initiatives
- Construct surveys that measure need, level of satisfaction, the impact of intervention, or studies relationships of multiple variables
- Develop logic models that bring together planning, evaluation, and actionable recommendations
- Educate your staff, agency, administration, organization, and community about social science research, program evaluation, data analysis, and statistical reporting
Types of Research & Evaluation Services CCRES at AU Can Provide
- Formative/Needs Assessments
- Process Evaluations
- Outcome/Impact Evaluations
- Program Cost-Benefit Analysis
- Survey Design and Data Collection
- Research Design and Data Analysis
- Research and Evaluation Partner
- Consultant on Grant Applications
- Community Presentations and Reports
Criminal Justice Blog
Judges Vercillo and Forsthoefel, of the Common Pleas Court, took time to come speak to Ashland University Students interested in the legal field. The Judges discussed the types of cases they see, the different divisions of the common pleas court, the differences between trial and appellate court systems and the importance of being informed when electing judges.
Judge Vercillo discussed his role as the Juvenile and Probate Court Judge, including the different types of cases that occur in each court. Probate Court cases typically involve estates, guardianships, trust cases, name changes, marriage licenses, and things of that nature. Juvenile Court involves cases with anyone under the age of 18. These cases can involve anything from neglect and abuse cases, to juvenile offender and criminal cases.
Judge Forsthoefel, on the other hand, oversees the General Division and Domestic relations dockets. The General Division involves civil cases (malpractice, property disputes, real estate titles, workers compensation, etc.) as well as well as the felony cases. The Domestic Relations Docket involves all disputes between married families (divorce, child support, custody, civil protection orders, etc.).
Both Judges Vercillo and Forsthoefel agreed that being a judge is a very demanding job, but it is ultimately very rewarding. Special thanks to both Judges for taking the time to come speak.
Dr. Allyson Drinkard, assistant professor of Criminal Justice/Sociology, has published an article in the Journal of Criminal Justice Education.
This research explores the benefits of service-learning among a group of Midwestern college students. Students enrolled in a section of a Juvenile Delinquency course served as volunteers at a juvenile detention facility and were studied using a pre-test/post-test survey design. This pilot project also included a comparison group of students in a section of the course which did not involve service-learning.
The study compared service-learning to non-service-learning students in terms of attitudes regarding juvenile delinquency, punishment, and attributions of criminal behavior. We also examined any possible effects of service-learning on student academic skills, career goals and comfort level with delinquents. Overall, we found that the service-learning project was a valuable educational tool having a positive impact on a number of student outcomes. We discuss the implications of these findings for service-learning research and practice....Read more
Criminal Justice Professional Instructor and Field Experience Coordinator Marc Hedrick was quoted in a WalletHub article about the most sinful states in America.
The article by Hedrick addresses a number of questions, including "What makes some states more sinful than others?"; "Should sport betting be legalized across the U.S. by the federal government?"; 'What are the most efficient measures that federal and state authorities can utilize to curb the obesity epidemic and is something like the 'soda tax' a valid approach?"; and "How can federal authorities combat human trafficking and is legalizing prostitution a good idea?"
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