Texas A&M Forensic Science Courses Earn ACE Recommendation

The American Council on Education (ACE) has recommended college credit for 19 forensic science courses offered by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). The forensics courses, which received the ACE credit recommendation for the first time, give students the opportunity to earn up to 44 college credit hours and 6 vocational credits.

ACE credit opens doors for TEEX students to gain access to academic credit toward an associate’s or bachelor’s degree plan at more than 400 U.S. colleges and universities.

“ACE credit is value added to our courses, at no additional cost to the student,” said Tony Casper, Director of Curriculum and eLearning at TEEX. “This is especially beneficial for those who are completing high school or working professionals who can use college credits as a springboard to a post-secondary degree or boost their career opportunities.”

“We are excited to provide this opportunity for participants in our forensics classes,” said Christine Ramirez, Training Manager for the Texas Forensic Science Academy at TEEX. “Some of the approved courses are offered online, so high school students can get a head start on a career in law enforcement. And law enforcement officers and non-commissioned personnel already working in the field can use these classes as a pathway toward an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.”

“The ACE review team is comprised of educators from colleges and universities across the country,” Casper said. “They know quality when they see it, and that’s what we have at TEEX. The curriculum review and revision process undertaken by TEEX a number of years ago boosted our standing with ACE. The reviewers have commented that TEEX has some of the best curriculum they have seen in a training organization.”

All ACE-approved courses are reviewed every three years by a team of college and university faculty from across the country. View a list of ACE-approved TEEX courses.

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