John Jay College
THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK
of Criminal Justice
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John Jay Magazine
EDUCATING FOR JUSTICE
Dear friends of John Jay College,With the 2008–2009 academic year drawing to a close, we can be proud as we reflect on the growing international stature ofJohn Jay College of Criminal Justice. We are recognized more and more as an institution distinguished by the scholarship of ourfaculty, the rigor of our core educational experience, the innovative nature of our interdisciplinary programs, and our contributionsto justice.Such recognition is due in large part to the remarkable strides that we as a College have made over the past five years. As acommunity, we have developed, and implemented, an ambitious vision for academic excellence. We have focused our energieson three interlocking initiatives:
•Changing the Student Profile
We have aggressively raised academic standards for admission to John Jay College. We are mid-way through a four-year planto phase out admissions to our associate degree programs. We have created educational partnerships with the six communitycolleges of the City University of New York to offer joint degree programs in criminal justice and forensic science. Theseefforts are showing results. Over the past two years, the incoming baccalaureate class at John Jay has increased from1,027 to 1,414, a 38 percent increase. Next, we will focus on improving student success, starting with increasing ourretention and graduation rates.
•Historic Faculty Hiring Initiative
We have launched an unprecedented faculty hiring program. We now have 419 full-time faculty, 25 percent more than fouryears ago. Fully 35 percent of our faculty have been hired in the last four years. The revitalization of the faculty is about morethan just numerical growth. New faculty members joining the College’s ranks are committed to scholarship that crossesdisciplinary boundaries. Our senior faculty members edit prestigious scholarly journals, hold leadership positions in leadingacademic associations, and produce critically acclaimed books, including last year’s winner of the Pulitzer Prize for biography.Our faculty have tripled the research funding from five years ago, generating million of research dollars for the College.
•Revitalizing John Jay’s Academic Programs
Thirty years ago, in the midst of New York City’s fiscal crisis, the College’s liberal arts majors were eliminated. Today, wehave reversed that decision and have challenged our faculty to develop new majors in the humanities and sciences. We havealready secured approval for two exciting new majors — in Economics and English —and many more are in the approval pipeline.This issue of the
John Jay Magazine
reflects the intellectual capital of the John Jaycommunity — our faculty, students and alumni. In the first article, law enforcement leaders,who are John Jay alumni, weigh in on the challenges that local law enforcement faces inimmigration matters. Another story looks at the “Silent Genocide” that took place inGuatemala. The forensic science acumen of our students who have received grants for theirscholarship is highlighted in another article. The issue also details the “Justice in New York”Oral History Project, a one-of-a-kind research resource on the New York criminal justicesystem in the late 20th century as seen through the eyes of leaders who have beenintimately involved in its evolution.Throughout this issue, you will see the scholarship and commitment of the John Jaycommunity. Your continuing support of our College is vital to our future as we continue toprepare future generations to meet the challenges of justice.Sincerely,
Vice Presidentfor Marketing and Development
Executive Director of Communications& Editor
Peter DodenhoffStephen HandelmanMarie Rosen
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Cover: A survivor holds aphotograph of his father,massacred in 1982.Nebaj, Quiché, Guatemala,2000Photo: Jonathan MollerThis Page:Top: Three women,themselves survivors of theviolence, watch as theremains of relatives andfriends who were killed in theearly 1980’s are exhumed.Nebaj, Quiché 2000Photo: Jonathan MollerMiddle: Illegal migrantsare placed in holdingfacilities before they arereturned to Mexico.Photo: Gerald L. NinoBottom: Forensic ComputingLaboratory