Southeastern's OSHE program recognized for superior program accreditation

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
by: Rene Abadie

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Occupational Safety, Health and Environment program has been recognized by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals as an exceptional program holding superior program accreditation.
     BCSP recognizes qualified academic programs for outstanding service as a path for students to earn CSP certification and for their level of preparation for professional safety practice. The program at Southeastern was the only one awarded to a public institution in Louisiana and one of only 26 recognized nationwide.
     BCSP is recognized as a leader in high-quality credentialing for safety, health, and environmental practitioners. BCSP establishes standards for and verifies competency in professional safety practice and evaluates certified applicants for compliance with recertification requirements.
     A BCSP Qualified Academic Program is a bachelor's or master's degree program in safety, health and environmental practices that holds program accreditation by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET-ASAC), said Lu Yuan, interim head of the Southeastern Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology.
     With the Qualified Academic Program designation, BCSP awards a $1,000 gift to the program to help offset costs of retaining accreditation.
     “Our graduates are proving their value to businesses and industries throughout Louisiana and beyond,” said Yuan. “They are helping to fill vital roles as safety technicians, coordinators and directors with firms that are essential to Louisiana’s economic growth.”
     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 evolution from a two-year associate degree program, the degree is designed to meet the needs of industries in the region for properly prepared professionals to work in the increasingly complex field of safety and health in the industrial setting.
     Last year the program was ranked among the top 20 best values in OSHE programs in the country by the website 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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