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APSU's online B.S. in criminal studies ranks No. 4 among nation's ‘Best Buys'

Austin Peay State University recently received national honors for offering a high quality, reasonably priced online bachelors degree in criminal justice.

When GetEducated.coms analysts completed their first nationwide survey of distance-learning bachelors degrees in the area of criminal justice, law, legal studies and homeland security, APSU was ranked the No. 4 Best Buy among 35 regionally accredited colleges and universities.
Austin Peay State University recently received national honors for offering a high quality, reasonably priced online bachelor's degree in criminal justice.

When GetEducated.com's analysts completed their first nationwide survey of distance-learning bachelor's degrees in the area of criminal justice, law, legal studies and homeland security, APSU was ranked the No. 4 “Best Buy” among 35 regionally accredited colleges and universities.

A “Best Buy” designation indicates that a program has been found to offer a high quality distance degree to a national audience at a reasonable cost below the national average.

APSU's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice/Homeland Security concentration, at a total cost of $22,680, ranked No. 4 in the 2007 survey.

By comparison, the average cost for a distance bachelor's degree in the justice area was more than $38,000, according to the GetEducated.com survey.
West Carolina University in North Carolina ranked No. 1 at $9,144 for state residents, while the most expensive programs in the nation included Mercy University of New York ($71,400) and the University of Phoenix ($59,280).

In the notification letter, GetEducated.com founder Vicky Phillips said, “Austin Peay State University is to be lauded for taking the initiative in making higher education more affordable and, therefore, more accessible for learners in the military and in …Tennessee.

“It is especially notable that this program offers a much-needed concentration in homeland security, allowing for advanced formal training for both military and civilian employees working in this crucial new career area.”

For more information about APSU's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in homeland security, contact Dr. Tom O'Connor by telephone at (931) 221-1477 or by e-mail at oconnort@apsu.edu. -- Dennie B. Burke