For the past few years, a federal grant sponsored by the Department of Justice has allowed teams consisting of faculty (from two-year and four-year colleges) and practitioners to assess the training curricula of various United States law enforcement and correctional agencies. Although traditional wisdom in academia is against viewing training academy courses as academically credible, the teams, after carefully assessing many training curricula, have agreed to give academic credit recommendation to those deserving curricula. In the end the CJTA project has not only helped to connect the academic world with the world of practitioners, but also generated rich data on the various training programs and academy courses for interested researchers to study.
Greene, J., Cheurprakobkit S., Crews, A., Crews, G., Unnithan, P., Schultz, E. "Academic Credit for Police and Correctional Academy Courses: The Criminal Justice Training Assessment (CJTA) Approach" Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences 45th Annual Meeting. Cincinnati, Ohio. 12 Mar 2008. Lecture.