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Old 07-21-2009, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Huntington, WV
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Marshall University's Forensic Science Graduate Program is top ranked in the country, based on overall test scores on a recent national assessment test.

Five graduate students earned the highest honors on the Forensic Science Assessment Test from the American Board of Criminalistics.


The students who participated in the test showed knowledge in forensic biology, controlled substances, trace analysis, toxicology, latent prints, questioned documents, fire debris and firearms/tool marks. The test is given annually to students in their last semester.

Eight other programs across the country participated in the exam, including Arcadia University, Cedar Crest College, Duquesne University, Ohio University, Penn State University, Sam Houston University, University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of North Texas.



They definately have a top notch program here in Huntington and I was glad to see that they earned this ranking.
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Old 07-21-2009, 04:08 PM
 
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Thanks, Bailey...great school and see you have a great alum coming back as A.D...

Nice to see MU beat out some of the countries very best colleges in any field...I noticed Portland State was missing and they have a department too...

owe you points...have a great week.
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Old 07-22-2009, 12:10 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia 'Burbs
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Ok...so if there are 25 accredited programs (http://www.aafs.org/default.asp?section_id=resources&page_id=accredite d_programs - broken link)...and only 8 participated...how can you really claim to have the top nationally ranked program in the country? That's straight hubris.

On the bright side, I guess they can claim that they are empirically better than Penn State though...and they got that TV show about their program going on.

And seeing Arcadia on there cracks me up. Its this crappy little school down the street from where my wife grew up in Glenside, Pa. It used to be, and I'm not making this up, a women's school called Beaver College. Hahaha.
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Old 07-22-2009, 03:08 AM
 
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Everybody likes a little beaver now and then..come on, Pharm...is everything ok? seriously.??
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Old 07-22-2009, 05:44 AM
 
Location: Huntington, WV
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Academic programs across the board are judged based on test scores. It's the best way to show what the programs are teaching and how well they are teaching it. These tests are open to students from all of these programs. As with most cases, if your students don't participate, you lose your chance to showcase your program. Whether 5 or all 25 programs participate, conclusions will always be drawn from that data. It's the nature of the beast. Here's another article with more detail.

MU graduate program ranked No. 1 in nation - The Herald Dispatch
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Old 07-22-2009, 04:57 PM
 
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Could it be that Marshall has a secret that helps make this possible.

Could it be their 35 million dollar 'On Line Library, that was funded by the Alumni Association, is the key to their Graduate Studies Programs..that the information for an entire planet is at their finger tips?

and it is also accessible to the local high schools in Wv and neighboring Kentucky...that as it is used, it will gather in the best and brightest of that region...

I wonder...

Why the Hell arn't we building the same type of library here before CMU and Penn State does?

35 million to any college is chicken feed!
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Old 06-18-2012, 10:20 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Additional information on the rankings:

Top 10 Forensic Science Graduate Schools in America | Marshall University
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