Becker College Joins Massachusetts Association of Criminal Justice Education
Kevin C. Woods, M.A., C.G.S., G.E.C., chair, Department of Criminal Justice & Legal Studies, and professor of criminal justice, recently attended and represented Becker College at the first annual conference of the newly formed Massachusetts Association of Criminal Justice Education (MACJE) at Fitchburg State University.
Panel discussions and breakout sessions at the conference included, Raising Entry Level Standards in Policing; The Future of Criminal Justice Education: Where It’s Been, Where We are Now, Where We Can Be in the Future; Research into Noble Cause Corruption and Officer Education; Development of International Coursework in Criminal Justice Education; Adolescent Bullying; Teaching Introduction to Security: Adding Value to CJ Discipline and Profession; and Role of CJ Educators in Evidence-based Justice.
At the Association meeting held at the conclusion of the conference, Becker College became an Institutional Member of the MACJE. Professor Woods volunteered to be the Central Massachusetts region representative on the Executive Board.
“Criminal justice has been a program of study at Becker College for nearly 25 years,” says Professor Woods. “Engagement with such organizations as the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Justice Education is one way that we can continue to add value to our program and expand opportunities for our students and graduates.”
Students majoring in criminal justice as well as in associated fields such as legal studies, psychology, and other majors, have all benefited directly from the growth and development of the entire criminal justice curriculum and the work of Professor Woods. Through his leadership, the program has helped Becker College earn a reputation for producing competent and committed graduates to work within the justice fields locally, regionally, and beyond, including community and state police departments, correctional departments, and federal law enforcement agencies, and a variety of human services organizations.]
The mission of the MACJE “is to foster collegiality, collaboration, sharing and advancement of criminal justice education and practice through advocacy, education, leadership, research, training, and practice in criminal justice and related fields. MACJE fosters cooperation and the exchange of information and experience among practitioners and educators, as well as sharing between criminal justice students across Massachusetts.” In addition, “to enable its membership to provide an informed, powerful, cohesive voice to influence state legislation, policies and funding and to provide opportunities for professional support, collegiality, and strategic leadership for the continuous improvement of criminal justice education and practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.