This past fall (Fall 2003) we had 15 students enrolled in our MA program and 28 enrolled in our doctoral program.  53% (23 out of 43) of the enrolled students were male, 47% female. Nine students (21%) are students of color, up from 13% a year ago.
Looking at incoming graduate students, quality as reflected in GRE scores has fluctuated somewhat over the past three admission cycles, but appears to reflect solid student quality. Looking at matriculated students for Fall 02 and 03, and admitted students for Fall 04, the average total GRE scores have gone from 1110 to 1230 to 1141 (medians: 1080, 1260,1125). The breakdown of GRE component scores, verbal and quantitative, appears below for the three cohorts. The first figure shows the median component scores, since medians are usually a better indicator of the "middle" of a distribution with a small set of non-normally distributed scores. The following figure shows the average.
The average component scores immediately below indicate we are doing better than the national average for incoming criminal justice graduate students in the Fall of 03. For criminal justice, the average GRE Verbal score is 461 (sd=105) and the average GRE Quantitative score is 516 (sd=133). Our Fall 03 cohort is about one half of a standard deviation above the national average in the discipline.
Compared to all incoming graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts, our Fall 03 cohort looks markedly above the average for Quantitative scores (677 vs. the CLA average of 581) and slightly below the average for Verbal scores (553 vs. the CLA average of 579).
Student Involvement in Research Projects
The sources of external funding for our graduate students seemed to be smaller in 03-04 than in 02-03, due in part to a phasing out of a longstanding research project headed up by Phil Harris and Peter Jones, and the ending in January of another multi-year funding project, the Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring (ADAM) Program, by the National Institute of Justice.
Students' research involvement leads them to present or co-author journal articles and presentations at national conferences. At the November meetings of the American Society of Criminology, graduate students appeared as co-authors on numerous papers. Three different graduate students presented findings (Monica Williams, Rob D'Ovidio, and Brian Lawton).
Doctoral Degrees Produced
Although no doctoral degrees were granted during AY 03-04, by the end of summer 04 two students completed all the requirements for the degree: Rob D'Ovidio, who currently holds a position at Drexel University, and Jeff Monroe, who currently holds a position at Xavier University.