Regents approve bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and rehabilitation
February 7, 2014
Beginning in the fall, students will be
able to pursue a new undergraduate major at the University of Wisconsin-Stout
that will lead to jobs as probation and parole agents, correctional treatment
specialists and in juvenile services and court programs.
The UW System Board of Regents on Friday unanimously
approved UW-Stout offering a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice and
rehabilitation. The first students will be enrolled next fall.
Kyle Kleist, program director in vocational
rehabilitation in the department of rehabilitation and counseling, was
instrumental in developing the new program. He said the new major, now a
concentration, "focuses on
rehabilitation of the offender, rather than punishment and incarceration."
rehabilitation model "emphasizes education and training to promote positive
behavioral change as well as recognition of the underlying factors that
commonly lead to unlawful behavior," Kleist said.
Hopkins-Best, dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Services, said
"treatment and rehabilitation of offenders is essential to reduce recidivism
and increase the likelihood of community reintegration."
new program, she added, "will be the first of its kind in the Midwest.
Graduates will be uniquely prepared to identify and provide for the
rehabilitation needs of offenders as well as prevention services."
said the job outlook for graduates will be bright, with an 18 percent growth
rate forecast from 2010 to 2020 nationally in the areas of law enforcement;
probation and parole officers; and correctional treatment specialists.
in the new major is forecast to be 100 the first year, growing to 150 in five
years. More than 100 students are enrolled in the criminal justice
information on the program is available here.
This will be the 45th undergraduate major at UW-Stout, Wisconsin's
Polytechnic University. Enrollment information is available here.