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MU's forensic center continues strong showing

Jul. 27, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Marshall University's Forensic Science Graduate Program has once again distinguished itself as one of the top programs of its kind in the nation.

The latest evidence comes from results of the most recent Forensic Science Assessment Test, a qualifying test offered annually by the American Board of Criminalistics. Once again, the program ranked No. 1 in the nation based on its students' overall scores on the test. Of the 25 highest scores, 11 were posted by Marshall students. And the top score from among the 179 students from 16 forensic science programs participating in the test was registered by a Marshall student.

This wasn't the first time Marshall's program ranked at the top of programs taking the test, nor is it the only distinction the program has earned since it was launched more than a decade ago.

A strong performance on the test not only serves as a testimonial to the students' ability and their readiness to start their careers, but also to the strength of Marshall's program.

Not only have the university's students consistently done well on the assessment test, the program has made its mark in other ways. Its digital forensics program last year became the first graduate or undergraduate program in the United States to receive accreditation from the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission. The Forensic Science program also has earned praise from the various police agencies it serves, such as West Virginia State Police, the Huntington Police Department and others around the country.

All that adds up to a program that has gained an outstanding reputation, which will only serve to help it attract more top-notch students.

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