SUBJECT: CONCENTRATION IN VICTIM/SURVIVOR SERVICES IN THE BACHELOR OF APPLIED SCIENCES IN HUMAN SERVICES
The attached proposal for a concentration in Victim/Survivor Services in the Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Human Services was approved by the University Council on September 10, 1998. The Director of the Mabee Library has provided notification that Library holdings are adequate to support the program. The concentration requires no new courses. HS 202 has been taught as a special topics course for several semesters and HS 201 will be a cross listing of SO 206 (See Halford memo). All other courses are currently offered.
Washburn University's Division of Continuing Education has been involved in professional development in the area of Victim's services for the past four years. This initiative has included the Victim's Assistance Program offered each spring and the Victim's Assistance Academy offered each summer. Both of these programs are week long residential seminars focusing on the major issues facing victims rights advocates.
Through the Human Services Department's involvement in each of these programs it became apparent that there was a need and interest in an academic curriculum in this area. Initially, the Human Services Department offered two special topics courses, Victimology and Victims/Survivors Services, to test the market for interest. Each of these courses has consistently held an enrollment of about thirty (30) students during the four semesters they have been offered. It was determined that by combining existing courses in the department, as well as courses in Social Work, Criminal Justice and Office, Legal and Technical programs with these two specialized courses, we could meet the needs of true victims service curriculum. The concentration proposed in conjunction with the core Human Service Curriculum provides the competencies necessary for the Victims/Survivor Concentration. Students completing this course of study would receive a Bachelor of Applied Sciences Degree in Human Services with an emphasis in Victims/Survivor Services.
General Faculty approved the concentration on January 28, 1999.
President Farley recommends Board of Regents approval of the Certificate and Minor in Military and Strategic Studies.
(date) Jerry B. Farley, President