Ryan Jay

    ‘Theory and practice’: Teaching policing at Metro State

    by , October, 2017
    Law Enforcement majors take a skills practicum in the final summer term before they graduate.

    The School of Law Enforce­ment and Crim­i­nal Jus­tice (SLC) is home to some of the most pop­u­lar under­grad­u­ate pro­grams at Met­ro­pol­i­tan State. Now those pro­grams will change, due to new Min­nesota state stan­dards that impact the course require­ments for law enforce­ment officers.

    This was a great time self-​assess,” said Bryan Lit­sey, aca­d­e­mic advi­sor and POST Coor­di­na­tor for Metro State’s law enforce­ment stu­dents. “We could recal­i­brate. Things are so dif­fer­ent in the 21st cen­tury, and this was a per­fect time to look at that.” POST, the Min­nesota Board of Peace Offi­cer Stan­dards and Train­ing, is the licens­ing agency for law enforce­ment officers.

    The redesigned degrees will come with a more hands-​on approach. “You can put into con­text what you learn in the class­room. If you can take the sub­ject, put it into con­text with some real exam­ples, it brings greater mean­ing to the edu­ca­tional expe­ri­ence rather than only read­ing from a book,” said Litsey.

    Metro State com­bines lab and the­ory courses to pro­vide a well-​rounded stu­dent expe­ri­ence not typ­i­cally seen at other uni­ver­si­ties. “The inte­gra­tion of the­ory and prac­tice is really impor­tant to us,” said Prof. Deb Eck­berg, chair of the Crim­i­nal Jus­tice department.

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    President Arthur talks past, present and future at Convocation

    by , September, 2017
    “I don’t see any other higher education institution in the state… that is more capable of serving a diverse Minnesota than Metropolitan State University.

“We’ve got challenges ahead of us. But I believe that, unlike other universities, who are locked into a traditional model of education, that won’t fare well in the future by their heritage and traditions... Our heritage, our core principles enable us, maybe even compel us, to take risks and step into the role of an education leader...”

--President Ginny Arthur, Convocation address, August 16, 2017

    Pres­i­dent Vir­ginia “Ginny” Arthur kicked off the 20172018 school year with her live-​streamed speech at Con­vo­ca­tion on August 16.

    Con­vo­ca­tion is a gath­er­ing of the uni­ver­sity com­mu­nity at the start of the aca­d­e­mic year. It is an oppor­tu­nity to “mark our stu­dents’ pas­sage into higher edu­ca­tion, or their progress toward another aca­d­e­mic year,” Arthur said. She wel­comed new stu­dents and col­leagues to Metro State.

    Arthur lauded the con­fer­ral of nearly 2,200 bachelor’s, master’s, and doc­toral degrees dur­ing the 2017 aca­d­e­mic year, the university’s largest num­ber of grad­u­ates ever.

    She announced the reaf­fir­ma­tion of accred­i­ta­tion by the Higher Learn­ing Com­mis­sion this past spring. The next accred­i­ta­tion check comes in 10 years.

    Arthur expressed her grat­i­tude to every­one who assisted in the process.“Responding to the feed­back from our sys­tems port­fo­lio report, mak­ing improve­ments to our processes, and doc­u­ment­ing all that good work, really was a Her­culean task,” she said.

    Sev­eral new grants were announced dur­ing Arthur’s speech. These grants will help pay for stu­dent intern­ship stipends, sup­port teacher can­di­dates of color, pro­vide sui­cide pre­ven­tion resources, and sus­tain a stu­dent emer­gency fund. She also announced a “post-​grant sup­port” posi­tion, an idea greeted with applause.

    Amidst cel­e­bra­tory announce­ments, Arthur also noted the sud­den loss of Asso­ciate Provost Doug Knowl­ton, who died July 5. Arthur remem­bered him as “a kind and help­ful per­son who was extra­or­di­nar­ily sup­port­ive of our stu­dents.” She com­mended Knowl­ton for his “care and tact,” while deal­ing with the most dif­fi­cult of stu­dent cases.

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