Marshall forensic students ace test
HUNTINGTON -- Students of the Marshall University Forensic Science Graduate Program again earned the highest overall scores in the country on the Forensic Science Assessment Test.
The qualifying test is offered each year by the American Board of Criminalistics, according to the university. This is the fifth time the program achieved the No. 1 ranking in the eight years since its students began taking the test in 2007.
Of the top 26 highest test scores, six were students from the Marshall graduate program. Marshall's students captured the first and second rankings for highest overall test results among 202 students from 16 other forensic science programs that participated in the test.
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 in the release. "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 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 in the release. "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."
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 first for overall rankings in the disciplines of Controlled Substances, Trace Analysis, Toxicology, Latent Prints and Firearms. The program ranked second in Forensic Biology and Fire Debris and third in Questioned Documents.
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