Connecting Criminal Justice Classrooms

Dr. Bill Wells
Dr. Bill Wells

A new twist will let students at Lone Star College-Montgomery see beyond the community college classrooms—literally—via in-class videoconferencing sessions or face-to-face meetings with other students at Sam Houston State University’s College of Criminal Justice.

Called the “University Connections Series,” the new pilot program will pair an Introduction to Criminal Justice class at LSC-Montgomery with a Research Methods class at Sam Houston State University this spring. During the semester, the participating class will connect with its university counterpart to collaborate on projects, interact with each other, and share knowledge.

Students enrolled in these LSC-Montgomery sections will cover the same learning outcomes as in a traditional class and earn the same three credit hours upon successful completion.

Lone Star College“The goal is to assist our students in seeing themselves beyond LSC-Montgomery,” said Matthew Samford, academic counselor at LSC-Montgomery.

“Students will be able to get a taste for university-level academics and connect with those who are living the university life.”

LSC-Montgomery professor Mark Stelter will be connecting his Introduction to Criminal Justice course with Sam Houston State University’s Criminal Justice Research Methods course, which is taught by Dr. William (Bill) Wells.

“Both sets of students will see a great combination of current salient issues in the field and applied academic research,” said Stelter. “In my course, students study U.S. crime rates and trends. Dr. Wells will show how such data is gathered, analyzed, and assessed in ways much richer and deeper than our course normally has time to cover.”

SHSU logoDr. Wells sees benefits for both groups of students as well.

“SHSU students will gain a better appreciation of research methods by interacting with the Lone Star College students who are learning core elements about the criminal justice system and the nature of crime,” said Wells. “I’m excited to share criminal justice and criminological research with Lone Star College students. I hope they will become interested in learning more.”

LSC-Montgomery has projects in different disciplines with other area universities. For more information, contact Matthew Samford at (936) 273.7341, or

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