As of September, students who participate in what is called the Quinn Bill program will no longer receive "life credit" for military experience or for training required to become a police officer. In addition, colleges will be expected to increase the value of their academic programs and hire faculty with higher levels of education.
Under the new rules, two-thirds of the faculty in criminal justice programs will have to hold a doctorate degree in criminal justice or a similar field. Colleges also will only be allowed to have 30 full-time students per one full-time students per one full-time faculty member.
Stephen P. Tocco, chairman of the board, said the program overhaul is a response to a number of concerns about the program, which costs taxpayers an estimated $100 million a year.