CSCC’s Law Enforcement Training Academy Receives Stellar Academic Audit
CLEVELAND, TN. – Cleveland State Community College’s Law Enforcement Training Academy (LETA) recently underwent an academic audit by the Tennessee Board of Regents Academic Affairs Office, resulting in zero recommendations, four commendations, and three affirmations.
“Tennessee is one of the first states to use the Academic Audit process extensively across the TBR system. The Academic Audit requires a department or program to take an honest look at how they make decisions to insure quality for the students in the program,” stated Dr. Jerry Faulkner, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “The audit process looks at things like learning objectives, assessment, curricular and co-curricular activities, and quality assurance measures. Then the program submits the self-study for the review of a team of “auditors” from other colleges. The whole Academic Audit process is designed to improve the quality of programs at Cleveland State. The fact that the LET program received a report with no recommendations is directly attributed to the hard work of our faculty in that program. They go above and beyond to assure that graduates from this program are second to none.”
Commendations received include: Commendation 1) Administrators and instructors desire not just to meet minimum Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) requirements but to exceed them. Commendation 2) The administrators have developed and implemented a stellar mentoring program for both students and instructors. Commendation 3) The administrators have developed a strong working relationship with area law enforcement agencies as stakeholders.
Commendation 4) The program exemplifies expected professional behavior of law enforcement officers through diversification in interactions of student-to-student, student-to-instructor, and student-to-administrator.
Affirmations received include: Affirmation 1) Student evaluations of programs and instructors have clearly defined mission, expectations, and measurements of student learning. Affirmation 2) There is a close working relationship of the Director, Assistant Director, and the adjunct instructors in meeting the goals of the program. Affirmation 3) The learning process includes well-defined expectations for students through detailed syllabi, clearly established learning objectives, and efficient measuring devices through both written examinations and practical demonstrations of physical skills.
The program, a certificate of Basic Law Enforcement Education and Training, is a ten-week law enforcement certification program that is authorized and accredited by the Tennessee POST Commission. This program is also an acceptable alternate path for a student to receive credit towards the second year of the Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.) in Public Safety and Government Services. The A.A.S. program is a standard two-year technical program and students being admitted to the A.A.S. program have the option, if able to meet POST Standards and chosen by the staff, to finish the A.A.S. degree by attending the Law Enforcement Training (LEFT) academy in their second year.
In the past year, the academy has been able to acquire some newly-refurbished track cars. “Dr. Wright (Vice President for Finance and Administration) asked how our old cars were holding up, and we told him they were not doing so well. He was responsible for getting us four 2006 and two 2008 model vehicles for the program all with less than 60,000 miles,” stated Williams. “He has really helped us out tremendously during his short time here. He is definitely an advocate of the LETA program and for the improvement for the entire college.”
For more information on CSCC’s Law Enforcement Training Academy, visit the website at http://www.clevelandstatecc.edu or contact Glendia Ball at (423) 472-7141, ext. 402.
Photo Cutline: One of CSCC’s LETA newly-refurbished track cars. The program has secured six new vehicles for the program in the past year, all with less than 60,000 miles. This is an important part of the program as recruits must display the skills necessary to operate a police vehicle by driving a designated driving course in a police vehicle adhering to POST standards.
CSCC has helped me with my self-esteem—just knowing that I am doing something good for my future.”