Edison College District President Kenneth P. Walker has announced that the College today received accreditation as a baccalaureate degree granting institution from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Approval of Edison Collegeâ€™s application for accreditation at a more advanced degree level elevated the two-year college to a four-year degree granting institution offering the Bachelor of Applied Science BAS degree in Public Safety Management.
â€œI am very excited on behalf of Edison Collegeâ€™s students,â€? said Walker. â€œAdding this baccalaureate degree to the Collegeâ€™s curricular offerings increases access to higher education and promotes cost efficiencies through the use of existing infrastructures. Most importantly, it encourages upward mobility among place bound students, enabling working people to remain in their community and earn the bachelor's degree instead of traveling away from family and jobs to further their education,â€? he added.
Edison Collegeâ€™s Bachelor of Applied Science BAS degree program in Public Safety Management will prepare managerial and supervisory personnel in professions where the workforce typically holds AS degrees. Five transfer programs are identified for eventual transfer: Criminal Justice, Paralegal Studies, Crime Scene Technology, Fire Science Technology and Emergency Medical Services. Program admits for Phase I implementation beginning in May 2006 will be Criminal Justice and Paralegal Studies associate in science graduates, and associate in arts graduates holding a certification from the Fire Academy, Police Academy or EMS state training facility.
The BAS curriculum encompasses human resources management, ethics, leadership, research, public sector finance, coordination of public safety systems, critical incident management, terrorism preparedness, and labor negotiations.
Information may be obtained by calling Edison Collegeâ€™s Division of Baccalaureate Programs at 239 489-9309.
â€œWhile the addition of a baccalaureate degree is an important milestone in the history of Edison College, it is important to note that our focus on lower division offerings remains intact, as does the historical community college commitment to economic and workforce development,â€? said Walker.