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Columbia Southern University

How this student rated the school
Research QualityB Research AvailabilityB-
Research FundingB Graduate Politics-
Errand RunnersB+ Degree Completion-
Alternative pay [ta/gsi]B+ Sufficient PayA
CompetitivenessB Education QualityA
Faculty AccessibilityA+ Useful ResearchB+
ExtracurricularsC Success-UnderstandingA
Surrounding CityB Social Life/EnvironmentC
"Individual" treatmentA FriendlinessA+
Safety- Campus Beauty-
Campus Maintenance- University Resource/spending-
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Approachable

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful

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Date: Dec 31 1969
Major: Criminal (This Major's Salary over time)
In September 2003, I graduated from Columbia Southern Univerisity with a BS in Criminal Justice. I had completed 90 semester hours with previous Kentucky State Institutions that were
Regionally Accredited
universities prior to transferring my studies to CSU and completing my last 15 courses at CSU. CSU has allowed me to fulfill a dream with a career in law enforcement/courts as a Kentucky State Probation/Parole Officer.

Presently, I have completed 7 Graduate courses at CSU in the MS Criminal Justice Program as well as 5 graduate courses at the University of Kentucky (Social Work)program and 1 graduate course at the University of Louisville (Criminal Justice). I can comment with the greatest confidence, that a degree at CSU is worth just as much as a degree from any other accredited institution. Rote memorization can just about get you through most collegiate exams, but at CSU, there is a strong integration of both open book exams, section essays, an research papers that aid in the learning and retention factor needed to carrying learning forward.

Most of my non CSU courses only required exams and periodic papers in the undergraduate pursuit. However, at CSU, nearly every class has required a scholarly paper in addition to section essay exams and open book exams. I would add that one would think that open book exams would be simple, but most of the exams I have taken required a thorough reading of the texts prior to taking the exam. The mere fact that CSU is accredited by DETC should eliminate the

Regional Accredation
factor as reports indicate DETC to be a tougher accreditor that most regional accreditors.

I have greatly enjoyed my experience at CSU and am greatly looking forward to completing my Masters in June 2008 and attending the 2008 graduation ceremonies.

If I can every be of assistance to anyone contemplating academic coursework at CSU, please do not hesitate to email me at ""

Kindest Regards,

Chad T. Hockensmith

Kentucky State Probation/Parole Officer

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