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A Texas Affordable Baccalaureate Grant Program Match Funds Criminal Justice



By Mary Grace Rodriguez

COMMERCE, TX—Drs. Martha Hurley and David Hurley received a grant from the College for All Texans Foundation (CFAT) as part of their Texas Affordable Baccalaureate Grant Program. The award in the amount of $170,000 was matched by Texas A&M University-Commerce for a total of $340,000 for the two-year program.

This grant will support the development of the Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice as a hybrid competency-based online program for certified first responders, military personnel, and adult learners with criminal justice employment experience beginning in the fall of 2018.

“The degree is designed to merge knowledge gained through criminal justice employment experience with the best of what higher education in the state of Texas provides to include the development of enhanced critical thinking skills, knowledge of evidence-based approaches to justice, and the use of advanced assessment protocols to improve decision-making on the ground by criminal justice professionals,” said Dr. Martha Hurley.

The original award was part of that awarded to A&M-Commerce along with three other schools by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board earlier this month.