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Oakland City University Criminal Justice Baccalaureate Degree Programs Nationally Ranked

Oakland City, IN 2/20/2020 - Oakland City University announces that its Criminal Justice baccalaureate degree programs are ranked 7th in the nation.

Oakland City University has been ranked in GradReport’s top 25 colleges that offer a bachelor's degree in criminal justice based on the median salaries of criminal justice majors one year after college. Ranking Oakland City University as 7th nationally recognizes our innovative and distinctive criminal justice offerings that include an associate degree in criminal justice, bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice and criminal justice: investigative forensics, and an online bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

Dr. Justin D. Murphy, Dean of Arts and Sciences, stated: “It would not have been possible for the criminal justice program to be rated so highly without the dedication and leadership of Dr. Paul Bowdre, who heads the program. In addition, the Forensics Investigation concentration is one of the more unique aspects of OCU’s Criminal Justice Program.”

Dr. Ron D. Dempsey, president of Oakland City University, commented: “OCU has been known for its Criminal Justice programs, both on campus and online.  Criminal Justice is one of our top majors because of its excellent curriculum, affordability, and quality professors.  I am proud of this program and am excited to see that it is receiving the recognition that it deserves.”

The 25 Best Colleges for Criminal Justice 2020 list can be found at   https://www.gradreports.com/best-colleges/criminal-justice

To be considered for GradReport’s Best Colleges program rankings, schools needed to have a reported median salary, an unsuppressed sample size for graduates for the degree program of the ranking list, and include in their degree offerings at least one criminal justice online degree program.

About Oakland City University:
OCU is a faith-based university which offers high quality, career-focused degree programs in a Christ-centered, campus secure environment.  The University is committed to the pursuit of knowledge and academic excellence but equally committed to providing students with a conducive environment for personal spiritual growth.  Our Christ-centered values and relationships create a supportive environment which encourages students to live a life of Christian service in their chosen careers.  Our talented faculty equip our students with the knowledge and expertise they need to lead healthy, productive lives and successful, fulfilling careers.  Founded by the General Association of General Baptists in 1885, U.S. News and World Report has recognized Oakland City University as one of the top universities in the Midwest. In addition, OCU has been voted as one of the safest colleges and universities in the state of Indiana. The school holds the distinction of being accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

About Optimal’s GradReports:
Optimal’s GradReports is the only college ranking product to publish and synthesize the new US Department of Education data from College Scorecard. The report was made public in November 2019 and contains early-career earnings and median debt data that have been gathered nationwide since 2015, as part of an Obama-era initiative. Until now, college ranking services have not been able to give students the full financial cost of a school matched against the potential post-collegiate earnings for specific college majors.

Optimal helps prospective students make informed, data-driven decisions to improve their collegiate experience and their post-college careers. The company provides over 85,000 in-depth student reviews and college rankings for every major based on alumni salaries and manually researched tuitions. Optimal’s tools and services provide accessible and transparent financial data regarding cost and earning potential that give students educational paths that lead them to success, without burdening them with insurmountable debt.

For further information or to arrange interviews, contact:
Dr. Paul Bowdre
(812) 749-1431
pbowdre@oak.edu

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