Marshall University Forensic Science Graduate Program again ranks number one in the nation on national assessment test scores

Updated 22 weeks ago Special to HNN Provided by Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Forensic Science Graduate Program once again ranked number one in the country for its students receiving the highest overall test scores on the Forensic Science Assessment Test, a qualifying test offered each year by the American Board of Criminalistics. This is the fifth time the program achieved the number one ranking in eight years since its students began taking the test in 2007.

Of the top 26 highest test scores ranked, six were students from the Marshall Forensic Science Graduate Program. Marshall's students captured the number one and number two rankings for highest overall test results among 202 students from 16 other forensic science programs that participated in the test.

Of the 202 students who took the test, the individual rankings of Marshall's students were 1,2,4,7, 9 and 26.

Marshall's Forensic Science Graduate Program ranked number one for overall rankings in the disciplines of Controlled Substances, Trace Analysis, Toxicology, Latent Prints and Firearms. The program ranked number two in Forensic Biology and Fire Debris and number three in Questioned Documents.

Dr. Terry W. Fenger, director of the program, said the test is useful for assessing the program's strengths and demonstrating to prospective students and the general public its ability to meet national standards.

"The results demonstrate not only the quality of the program and its students, but the dedication of its full-time faculty and the many adjunct faculty members," he said. "The program greatly benefits from the input of law enforcement and criminal justice system professionals here locally and across the state."

Dr. Pamela Staton, program coordinator, said the test scores are evidence of the high quality education the program provides.

"The quality of an academic program can be measured by a program's achievement of national accreditation as well as how well its students perform on national board examinations," she said. "The Forensic Science Program at Marshall University has achieved both of these honorable distinctions. This translates to high quality forensic science services for law enforcement, the legal profession, and the public as graduates of this program become forensic scientists in the field."

Marshall's Forensic Science Graduate Program is FEPAC-accredited by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

The students who participated in the examination that was administered in spring 2014 are now graduates of the nationally recognized Forensic Science Program. The test is offered to students in their last semester of an academic forensic science program. While seeking their first job, recent college graduates may use their test results to demonstrate their knowledge across a broad range of forensic science disciplines.

The American Board of Criminalistics offers a wide array of testing and certification services that focus on the forensic sciences.

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