2023-2024 Catalog 
    
    Apr 14, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog

Conservation Law Enforcement (AA)


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Vision Statement

Consistent with the mission of the University of Maine at Fort Kent, a regional university that serves the needs of the St. John Valley and the state of Maine, the Associate of Arts in Conservation Law Enforcement program fosters excellence in scholarship and academic achievement in an interactive educational environment.


Mission Statement

To serve the employment needs of the state and region by offering the only Conservation Law Enforcement AA program at a public university in the state of Maine and the New England area.


Program Description/Goals

The Conservation Law Enforcement AA program prepares students to be entry-level conservation laws enforcement officers who will function successfully as professionals in the Maine Department of conservation, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and other related agencies.


Student Learning Outcomes

UMFK Conservation Law Enforcement AA graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of criminal justice and related institutions;
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of law enforcement practices and procedures;
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of constitutional, criminal and natural resources law;
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of general principles of conservation protection, enforcement with regard to the natural environment;
  5. Provide evidence of holistic understanding of the interactions between human, natural and cultural ecosystems within the region;
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of state laws, regulations and standards related to law enforcement practices and procedures;
  7. Demonstrate proficiency in communications and critical thinking skills expected of a professional law enforcement/conservation officer; and
  8. Demonstrate an ability to identify, analyze, synthesize and generate knowledge related to criminal justice, law enforcement and/or natural resources conservation.

Conservation Law Enforcement Requirements


Graduation Requirements


To be awarded the Associate of Art degree in Conservation Law Enforcement, graduates must:

  1. Complete the 60 credit hours of the prescribed program
  2. Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0
  3. Complete the General Education Requirements (All Associate Degree Programs)  
  4. Fulfill the UMFK Residency Requirements
  5. Complete the Graduation Application

Techniques for Assessment


Students are assessed in all classes using various means including written and oral assignments, quizzes, midterm and final exams, and research projects. Courses also may utilize case studies, term papers, and team projects and presentations to enhance the students understanding and knowledge. Graduates are required to complete an alumni survey and provide feedback regarding the quality and effectiveness of the education received.

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