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Southeastern's OSHE program recognized for superior program accreditation

Thursday, November 30, 2017
by: Tonya Lowentritt


     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Occupational Safety, Health and Environment program has once again been recognized by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals as an exceptional program holding superior program accreditation.
     Southeastern’s OSHE bachelor’s degree is one of only a few of its kind in the nation. Initiated in 2004 as a workforce demand-driven program that evolved from a two-year associate degree program, Southeastern’s degree is designed to meet the needs of industries in the region that demand properly prepared professionals to work in the increasingly complex field of safety and health in the industrial setting.
     BCSP recognizes qualified academic programs for outstanding service as a path for students to earn CSP certifications and for their consistently high levels of preparation for professional safety practice. Southeastern’s OSHE program is the only one to receive this distinction in Louisiana and one of only 34 recognized nationwide.
     BCSP is recognized as the leader in high-quality credentialing for safety, health, and environmental practitioners, which establishes standards for and verifies competency in professional safety practice and evaluates certified applicants for compliance with recertification requirements.
     “The ABET re-accreditation is crucial to ensure the quality of the OSHE program. It not only drives the continuous improvement of the program but also helps attract more students to study the highly-promising field that has strong workforce demands in our region right now,” said Lu Yuan, interim head of the Southeastern Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology. “With the program producing quality graduates to meet those demands, the employers also benefit tremendously by hiring them and receiving their contributions as soon as they enter the workforce.”
     A qualified academic program is an academic degree program in safety, health and/or environmental practices meeting BCSP standards for participation and whose curriculum has been reviewed as showing a substantial match with the Associate Safety Professional. Many qualified academic programs hold accreditation by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, said Yuan.
     With the qualified academic program designation, BCSP awards a $5,000 gift to the program to help offset costs of retaining accreditation.
     The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation also recently awarded the Southeastern OSHE program a $1,750 James A. Oppold grant to help with ABET re-accreditation.
     The program was also recently ranked among the top 20 best values in OSHE programs in the country by the website collegevaluesonline.com. 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.




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