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Police and Public Safety earns accreditation

UNC Charlotte’s Department of Police and Public Safety (PPS) has been awarded accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA). This distinction serves as the “international gold standard of public safety agencies.”

PPS Chief Jeff Baker and other members of the accreditation team were officially recognized for their achievement during CALEA’s most recent conference held in Charleston, S.C.

Each CALEA accreditation cycle lasts four years, during which PPS will be required to maintain its standards of compliance. At the end of each cycle, there will be another on-campus assessment by CALEA officials and a hearing by the commission.

Graduate School launches more assistance for veterans

Three more veterans will receive substantial financial support for graduate study at UNC Charlotte next year. The Graduate School is offering assistantships designated exclusively for veteran students who are beginning graduate studies in fall 2017.

Each two-year assistantship is valued at $37,000 (master’s degree) to $49,000 (doctoral degree) and includes full tuition, health insurance and an assistantship stipend (tuition and health insurance are not provided if paid through veteran benefit programs). Substantial additional funding may be available to support qualified students beyond two years.

The UNC Charlotte Graduate School’s assistantship program for veterans is now entering its third year. The Graduate School began the program with the 2015-16 academic year. Under the program, one veteran has completed her master’s degree, and two more will complete their master’s degrees at the end of this academic year. In fall 2016, two more veterans began master’s programs and a third began her doctoral studies.