THE Institute of Criminology in the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) has been converted into a full-fledge college to enable it to offer a wider range of allied police and security courses.
WMSU President Dr. Eldigario Gonzales approved the recommendation of the university’s academic council last month for the establishment of a College of Criminology. The program’s enrolment has been growing rapidly, from a pioneer class of 53 students in school year 1992-1993 to the current 342 students, dean Prof. Effrendy Estipona said.
With the conversion, the new college will start to offer a baccalaureate in corporate criminology starting in the next school year in addition to the B.S. in Criminology, Estipona said.
“The B.S. in Criminology program has maintained its seventh consecutive place as one of the top five criminology schools in the country today, mainly attributed to the board passer’s performance from 1998 to the present,” the dream had claimed justifying the conversion. Last year, the passing rate of WMSU’s criminology student in government exams was 75 percent, and achieved its highest of 88 percent in 2003.
Estipona also disclosed that criminology “ranks second in the choice or preference of a degree course in the university” for students seeking admission.
In the near future, the College will also offer programs in Correctional Administration, Industrial Security Administration, Law Enforcement Administration and Forensic Science, Estipona said. WMSU is one of only two state institutions in the country offering criminology. Two of its external studies units – Malangas and Pagadian with 180 students enrolled at present – also offer the program.
Estipona said several of WMSU’s criminology graduates have been accepted in the Philippine National Police Academy while six others have qualified for lateral entry into the local police agency, acquiring officer ranks immediately. (Rey-Luis Banagudos)