Pioneers in Distance Education since 1978
In 2003, UW-Platteville
celebrated its 25th anniversary
of offering accredited
degrees at a distance. A
quarter of a century later,
have fueled a national
paradigm shift in education
and earning a degree at
a distance has become a
respected academic option.
UWP continues to take
the lead in alternative
education, with nearly 1/3
of the university's teaching
faculty and academic staff
involved with some facet
of distance education. The
Distance Learning Center
continues to broaden
its scope and to pioneer
new programs, including
innovative website features,
a virtual graduation, a
virtual advisor and an
online student orientation.
Supervisory Training for Criminal Justice Professionals
These classes can count towards criminal justice electives for the undergraduate
criminal justice degree at UW-Platteville.
In the past, the training of police officers focused primarily on the physical
aspects of the job. As the profession has evolved, however, more emphasis has
been placed on crisis resolution, community policing and crime prevention.
Officers wishing to advance in their field are now required to have leadership
and communication skills before they may be considered for promotion.
In response to these changes in the criminal justice profession, the University
of Wisconsin-Platteville partnered with the Wisconsin Department of Justice
to provide an online First-Line Supervisory Training certificate course geared
towards criminal justice professionals. This innovative non-credit program was
developed with funding provided by the Department of Justice and focuses on
the role and function of the first-line supervisor in criminal justice agencies.
The new course has been a success, in part because the online format has
appealed to many working police officers who serve in isolated communities
or who have unpredictable schedules. With asynchronous online courses,
the officers are able to log into their virtual classroom and complete their
assignments at their convenience.
In addition to the flexible schedule, officers enrolled in the online courses benefit
from networking with other professionals in the virtual classroom. This aspect
of the program was particularly useful for Lt. Jeffrey Zachow of the Summit,
WI, Police Department who notes: "Answers to discussion questions from other
classmates have a real world applicability to our careers. I found the in-depth
commentary by the other professionals enrolled to be very insightful."
Following the success of its initial program, UWP has launched a new noncredit
course, Leadership in Police Organizations. The course was developed
for mid-level supervisors in the criminal justice field and explores theories of
leadership, human motivation, employee satisfaction, and peak performance as
they relate to the achievement of organizational goals. Representatives from the
Wisconsin Department of Justice worked with UWP faculty to ensure that the
program is relevant to the law enforcement profession.