November 2018

Criminal Justice online master’s program named to 2019 list of Most Affordable Online Colleges for Criminal Justice

This is the first year SR Education Group, a leading education research publisher, has ranked online colleges based on degree-specific return on investment.

The University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service’s Criminal Justice program has been named to the 2019 SR Education Group list of “Most Affordable Master’s in Criminal Justice Online.” UNT’s degree ranks no. 15 of 25 colleges and universities that earned the designation, each costing less than $9,000 per year.

“Providing high-quality, affordable graduate education is a core value at the University of North Texas,” said Eric Fritsch, chair and professor in the Department of Criminal Justice. The methodology for these rankings employs median mid-career salary data, as well as manually researched tuition rates. UNT’s degree is offered 100 percent online and examines criminal justice from theoretical, practical and empirical perspectives.

UNT nonprofit leadership studies student earns Association of Fundraising Professionals Fort Worth Chapter’s first student fellowship

DENTON (UNT) – Kayla Castro, currently a junior at the University of North Texas who’s pursuing a major in music and a minor in the College of Health and Public Service’s nonprofit leadership studies program, has been awarded the Association of Fundraising Professionals Fort Worth Chapter Student Fellowship.

“The Association of Fundraising Professionals Fort Worth Metro Chapter is thrilled to announce its first student fellow, Kayla Castro,” said Peyton Salvarria, executive director of Gill Children’s Services and member of the AFP. “AFP is committed to empowering individuals and organizations to practice ethical fundraising through professional education, networking, research and advocacy. The fellowship will allow Ms. Castro to learn more about the profession as she prepares to start a career.”

The fellowship includes a one-year scholarship for AFP membership, free registration for up to 10 member luncheons, a full scholarship to attend the DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference in May 2019 and a mentorship with an experienced development professional.

“I am so excited and honored to be chosen for the AFP fellowship,” Castro said. “I look forward to working with others in the fundraising field to gain valuable knowledge that can help me to successfully operate my own musical education nonprofit one day. I am grateful to the UNT faculty and the Association for Fundraising Professionals for this wonderful opportunity.”

Dr. Laura Keyes, lecturer and degree coordinator, says Castro was nominated by the Department of Public Administration because of her many accomplishments in the nonprofit leadership studies program, including leading the effort to establish the UNT Nonprofit Student Leaders Association.

“We are building partnerships with the DFW nonprofit and fundraising community and together providing opportunities to introduce Nonprofit Leadership Studies students with the profession,” Keyes said. “Kayla's fellowship with AFP will allow her to engage and network with members of the association and develop a meaningful relationship with a mentor."

Dean Neale Chumbler says that with the quality of education he’s seen in the college, he’s not surprised that Castro earned the first AFP student fellowship.

“I applaud Kayla for this wonderful honor to be a recipient of this prestigious fellowship,” Dr. Chumbler said. “This is a testament to Dr. Keyes and her student-centered dedication to teaching. This new undergraduate degree in nonprofit leadership studies will equip students to bring innovative techniques to nonprofit organizations.”