Section 10.2

Educational Standards Committee operating Procedures

I. Purpose and Scope

The purpose of the Educational Standards Committee (ESC) is to promote the development, distribution and implementation of educational standards in Safety, Health and Environmental (SH&E) post-secondary education. Along with this primary purpose, the ESC is also responsible for promoting, supporting, and advancing SH&E degree programs around the country.

Specific duties of the ESC will include, but may not be limited to:

  1. Develop, maintain, and broadly integrate accreditation standards into academic SH&E programs at the associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degree levels.
  2. Represent the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) on accrediting bodies such as: The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology/Applied Science Commission ABET/ASAC, The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE, formerly NAIT - safety options in industrial technology), as well as other recognized accrediting groups having an interest and function in SH&E academic programs.
  3. Identify, check qualifications of, and offer ABET ASAC-specific training to interested and qualified members of ASSE to become ABET program evaluators.
  4. Develop and maintain academic accreditation criteria for SH&E programs at the associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degree levels. This function includes performing periodic analysis and review of existing literature to identify changes and/or trends in the SH&E profession considered to be relevant to the educational preparation of students in SH&E programs.
  5. Investigate the integration of SH&E principles into various disciplines including: engineering business, industrial technology, engineering technology, etc.
  6. Upon request, assist college and university SH&E programs in the development or revision of their SH&E curricula at the associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level.
  7. Identify (prospective) academic SH&E programs and provide assistance in their development by:
    1. Offering assistance and guidance in the development of emerging programs.
    2. Encouraging programs to pursue accreditation.
    3. Assisting in locating consultants from accredited programs who can provide encouragement and guidance.
    4. Establishing a mentoring program in support of faculty in accredited programs.
    5. Identifying financial resources and additional funding to support accreditation costs.
  8. Assist as requested, ASSE’s effort to produce academic materials related to the promotion or development of SH&E programs.
  9. Develop and maintain a website that identifies academic SH&E programs at the associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level including their accreditation status and approximate program size.
    1. Develop and conduct a biannual survey of SH&E programs nationwide to keep the information in the online college and university directory updated.
  10. Assist in ASSE’s efforts to develop definitions for qualifications of safety practitioners and safety professionals, with particular emphasis on academic standards.
  11. Support the Academics Practice Specialty Group.
  12. Support the Student Member Activity Task Force.
  13. Support the research review of the Foundation/Research Sub Committee.
  14. Investigate outreach, networking, conferencing and research opportunities with academic or professional disciplines related to SH&E.


II. Membership

The Educational Standards Committee - will consist of seven (7) members who will be appointed by the Vice President of the Council on Professional Affairs (CoPA). One of the seven members will include the Academics Practice Specialty Administrator.  From the remaining six (6) members, the Vice President of CoPA will appoint a committee chair and an industry representative. In addition, the ESC has the responsibility of selecting an ABET Board Representative. This individual does not have to be a current member of the ESC and if he or she is not, he or she will sit on the committee in an advisory capacity and will not vote. However, if the individual selected is a member of the ESC, the individual will maintain voting privileges. To qualify for the position of ABET Board Representative, the individual must have also served on the ASAC commission. The ABET Board Representative will be required to submit a formal update brief on ABET activities, initiatives, etc.,  to the ESC committee prior to each ESC meeting whether or not they participate in the meeting. The ABET Board Representative can serve no more than 2 three year terms, which are reappointed each year.

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) has the authority to select one of their Board members to sit on the ESC but this individual does not have the ability to cast a vote.  BCSP funds the travel expenses of the BCSP liaison to the ESC.

The ESC committee members must be academicians and current members of the Academic Practice Specialty, excluding the industry representative. Committee members, including the Chair, are appointed for two-year terms by the incoming ASSE Vice President of CoPA. Each year, two positions are filled for full terms and any unexpired terms are filled as needed. Terms begin on July 1 of each year, and Committee members may be reappointed.

The Chairperson has the authority to establish subgroups or task forces when necessary. Such subgroups will be given a specific charter and time period for resolution of issues and shall be promptly discharged upon completion of assignments. The Chairperson can appoint a member of the ESC to act as Chairperson of these subcommittees.

The ESC may add ex officio members to assist the ESC in completion of committee objectives, tasks, and/or research.

III. Meetings/Schedule of Events

The Chair, in concurrence with the Committee members and appropriate Professional Affairs staff, will call meetings as needed. It is anticipated that a minimum of two meetings per year will be required for the committee's planning, smooth operation and deliberations.

The Chair shall establish and maintain a schedule that sets the tentative dates for the next meetings to be held and set the agenda in conjunction with ASSE staff. The meeting time, place, and tentative agenda will be supplied to the ESC members prior to the scheduled meeting date(s).

The Chair shall select the meeting site in consideration of the budget allocated for meeting purposes. Meetings may be at locations other than Society headquarters, and may also be held in conjunction with Society functions, such as the Society seminars, professional development conference, Board meetings, etc.

A quorum for a committee meeting shall be four of the seven committee members. Staff liaison to this committee, the Director of Professional Affairs, shall be in attendance at committee meetings. This does not preclude other staff members attending due to the nature of the deliberations and discussions planned.

IV. Organizational Relationships

The Director of Professional Affairs will serve as the primary staff liaison to this committee.

The Chair of the ESC reports to the Vice President of CoPA. The committee reports to the ASSE Council on Professional Affairs and subsequently to the Board of Directors through the Vice President of CoPA. The ESC will work with ABET ASAC in order to develop, maintain, and modify over time program level accreditation standards for safety and similarly named programs, in addition to working with ABET ASAC and AIHA in order to develop, maintain, and modify over time program level outcomes for environmental health and safety programs.

V. Operating Procedures

The Committee and its members will refrain from taking any independent action, which would be in conflict with the policies of the ASSE.

Each committee member will notify the Director, Professional Affairs, and ESC Chairperson if unable to continue serving on the ESC or if a conflict develops.

The Chair of the ESC has the ability to request a written report from ASSE's ABET Board Representative, the BCSP liaison, the Chair of the Student Activity Committee, and the Manager of Government Affairs and Policy.

To the extent necessary, Committee members will utilize the expertise that exists among Regions, Chapters and the Academics Practice Specialty Group members regarding issues of concern to the ESC. Each Committee member is expected to request guidance from the ESC Chairperson regarding educational standards.

The Director of Professional Affairs shall be responsible for submitting reports to the Vice President of CoPA on committee projects and activities at each Council on Professional Affairs meeting. The Vice President of CoPA shall be responsible for submitting an update on the ESC activities prior to each Board meeting.

The Committee will participate in planning and budgeting for the Society's accreditation activities and prepare the appropriate reports in a timely manner. The accreditation program budget will include anticipated committee activities, including participation in ABET/ ASAC functions.

Committee members' expenses for attending meetings will be reimbursed in accordance with the approved budget for this activity and within the framework of Society Finance procedures.

The ESC will review this document as needed but at least every 3 years.

VI. Records

Records, minutes, and other written items generated by the Committee shall be kept by the Society staff in accordance with normal practice throughout the Society.

Approved By/Date: 02/11

Replaces Edition Dated: 06/04

Next Revision Due: 02/14


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