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Monday, February 15, 2016
by: Rene Abadie
HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana University degree program in occupational safety,
health and environment has been ranked among the top 20 best values in OSH&E programs
in the country for 2015.
Southeastern was ranked 19th in the nation by the website collegevaluesonline.com, and was the only institution in Louisiana to be recognized. The ranking is based on quality of academics; value, which includes tuition affordability and financial aid; and the calculated average return on investment data, a guide to the success of students graduating from the program.
“We are very proud of this honor,” said Lu Yuan, interim head of the Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology. “Our primary goal is to provide area employers with highly qualified professionals who can fill much-needed positions in Louisiana industry.”
Yuan, associate professor and OSH&E program coordinator, said students who graduate with the OSH&E degree automatically earn the designation of Graduate Safety Practitioner, a gateway to earning Certified Safety Professional certification.
The program is nationally accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. The program grew from a two-year associate’s degree program to a four-year bachelor of science program following considerable input from managers at area industries that reported a significant need for health and safety professionals. The program prepares students for a variety of positions, including roles of safety engineers and safety supervisors.