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LRU enters articulation agreement with CVCC - Agreement offers BA in Criminal Justice
LRU enters articulation agreement with CVCC - Agreement offers BA in Criminal Justice

Lenoir-Rhyne University and Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) recently entered into an articulation agreement for Criminal Justice. Through this partnership, qualified CVCC graduates will have the opportunity to matriculate into LRU's Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice program.

"We are proud to partner with CVCC to offer this opportunity for students interested in the field of criminal justice," said Dr. Robert Stallings, Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at LRU. "The comprehensive curriculum and internship experiences provides students with the knowledge and confidence required to pursue an exciting career in all areas of the criminal justice system or to continue their academic career at the graduate level."

According to Dr. Stallings, students of CVCC who graduate with an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice Technology will be given priority admission to the BA in Criminal Justice program, currently offered at LRU's main campus in Hickory. "The continued development of partnerships between Catawba Valley Community College and Lenoir-Rhyne University will enhance access to higher education and continue to serve the needs of the region," said CVCC President, Dr. Garrett Hinshaw. "We are excited to collaborate on opportunities that benefit our citizenry."

Lenoir-Rhyne University recently added Criminal Justice to its undergraduate programs in the fall of 2015 as part of the University's College of Arts & Sciences. The Criminal Justice major requires 42 hours of study (in addition to core curriculum requirements) and includes classes such as Victimology, Criminal Law and Procedure, Corporate and White Collar Crime, Drugs and Criminal Justice as well as Comparative Criminal Justice Systems. The required internship component of the program allows students to gain mentored, practical experience in real-world professional settings. Program delivery options make the completion of the degree accessible to both traditional and adult students.

"Articulations agreements are another way we strive to enhance higher educational opportunities for students in our area and throughout the region," said Dr. Larry Hall, University Provost. "We are especially pleased to partner with our colleagues at CVCC to meet this very important societal need."

Dr. Hall added that LRU has additional articulation agreements with CVCC for both Entrepreneurship and Exercise Science. Articulation agreements are also maintained with other higher education institutions including Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (A-B Tech, Asheville) for Entrepreneurship, Gaston Community College and Wake Technical and Community College (Raleigh) for Exercise Science, and Newberry College and Columbia College (Newberry and Columbia, SC) for graduate programs in clinical mental health counseling, human services and athletic training.

For more information about the articulation agreement between LRU and CVCC, contact the LR Office of Admissions at 828.328.7300. Learn more about the BA Criminal Justice program at lr.edu/academics.

PHOTO 1: Front row, from left to right: Robin Ross, Dean of the School of Health & Public Services - CVCC; Sherry Herman, Chair of Criminal Justice – CVCC; Dr. Amy Hedrick, Chair of School of Humanities & Social Sciences – LRU; Back row: Dr. Dan Kiser, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences – LRU; Dr. Keith Mackie, Executive Vice President of Academics – CVCC; Dr. Robert Stallings, Program Coordinator of Criminal Justice – LRU; and Dr. Larry Hall, University Provost.

PHOTO 2: Articulation Agreement Signing – January 24, 2017. From left to right: Dr. Hall, Dr. Hedrick, Dr. Mackie, and Sherry Herman.