FBI National Academy Associates Partners with Criminal Justice

FBI National Academy Associates Partners with Criminal Justice

The College of Liberal Studies’ “worldwide classroom” is something I am really proud of. Our online degrees make it easy for anyone, no matter where they are, to have access to a higher education.

Even though our classes are online, CLS makes a special effort to personally reach out to potential and current students. Last week, I traveled to the FBI headquarters in Quantico, Virginia, to speak to the current class of the FBI National Academy Associates. The FBI NAA is an international organization of nearly 18,000 senior law enforcement professionals dedicated to providing our communities with the highest degree of law enforcement expertise, training, education and information. Members travel to Quantico from all over the world to attend a 10-week training course.

FBI NAA members must first complete the FBI’s National Academy Program. Both of these programs are invitation-only, so we are dealing with the cream of the crop here.

OU has a special distinction of being one of 12 academic partner schools with the FBI NAA. The association encourages its members to achieve their educational goals from one of these institutions. According to the association’s publication, National Academy Associate, partner schools must have the following characteristics:

• Institutions that are recognized leaders
• Institutions that are regionally accredited
• Institutions that offer online and blended or hybrid programs
• Institutions that offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs desirable to members
• Institutions that are geographically distributed across the nation/world

We at CLS are proud and honored to have a long-standing relationship with this prestigious organization.

Update: The College of Liberal Studies was renamed the College of Professional and Continuing Studies in 2017.