Section 12.2

12.2 Educational Standards Committee Operating Procedures

I. Purpose and Responsibilities

The purpose of the Education Standards Committee (ESC) is to advance the occupational safety and health (OSH) profession through scholarship, teaching and the development, distribution and implementation of educational standards in both the US and worldwide in conjunction with the mission of ASSE.  The ESC is also responsible for promoting, supporting, and advancing OSH degree programs nationally.

Specific responsibilities include:

  1. Developing, maintaining, and broadly integrating education and when warranted, accreditation standards into OSH academic programs at the associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degree levels.

  2. Representing ASSE on accrediting bodies as appropriate, including ABET/Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission (ABET/ANSAC) or 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 OSH academic programs.

  3. Working with ABET ANSAC (and other agencies or professional associations as appropriate) to develop, maintain and modify program-level accreditation standards for OSH and similarly named programs as needed.

  4. Identifying, checking qualifications of, and offering ABET ANSAC-specific training to interested and qualified members of ASSE to become ABET program evaluators.

  5. Developing and maintaining academic accreditation criteria for OSH programs at the associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degree levels. Including performing periodic analysis and review of existing literature to identify changes and/or trends in the OSH profession considered to be relevant to the educational preparation of students in OSH programs.

  6. Upon request, assist college and university OSH programs in the development or revision of their OSH curricula at the associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level.

  7. Identify (prospective) academic OSH programs and provide assistance in their development.

  8. As requested, assist ASSE’s efforts to produce academic materials related to the promotion or development of OSH programs.

  9. Develop and maintain a website that identifies academic OSH programs at the associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level including their accreditation status and approximate program size.

  10. Assist in ASSE’s efforts to develop definitions for qualifications of OSH practitioners and OSH professionals with emphasis on academic standards.

II. Membership

  1. The ESC will consist of seven (7) members appointed by the Vice President of the Council on Academic Affairs and Research (COAAR). The Vice President of CoAAR will appoint a committee chair and an industry representative. All committee members except the industry representative must be academicians. 

  2. The ESC will select an ABET Delegate. This individual can be a committee member (with vote) or a non-committee member who sits in an advisory capacity (without vote). The ABET Delegate will be required to submit a formal update brief on ABET activities, initiatives, etc., to the ESC committee prior to each ESC meeting regardless of meeting participation. The ABET Delegate is reappointed each year and can serve no more than 9 one-year terms.

  3. The ESC will select an ASSE-appointed ANSAC Commissioner liaison. The liaison will help recruit and nominate ABET-ANSAC Program Evaluators (PEVs) and Commissioners. In addition, the liaison will work with ESC staff to assign PEVs to upcoming visits according to ABET’s timetable.

  4. The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) is granted liaison with ESC and may sit on the ESC without vote.  BCSP funds the travel expenses of the BCSP liaison to the ESC.

  5. Committee members, including the Chair, are appointed for two-year terms by the Council Vice President. Committee members may be reappointed and appointments shall be staggered for continuity.

  6. The Chairperson may 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.

  7. The ESC may add ex officio members (members without vote who contribute to the discussions on the ESC, and who can attend meetings) to assist the ESC in completion of committee objectives, tasks, and/or research.

III. Meetings/Schedule of Events

1.The Chair shall:

  • Coordinate with members and staff to plan at minimum two face-to-face meetings per year, including agendas. Meetings should be planned with consideration to allocated budget and may be at locations other than Society headquarters, including at other Society functions, such as seminars, conferences, board meetings, etc.

  • Supply the meeting agenda to ESC members prior to the scheduled meeting date(s).

2.A quorum for a committee meeting shall be four of the seven committee members. The staff liaison shall attend committee meetings. Other staff members may attend as needed.

IV. Organizational Relationships

ASSE Administrative reporting

  1. The Executive Director will appoint the primary staff liaison to this committee. 

  2. The ESC Chair reports to the Council Vice President and the committee reports to the Council on Academic Affairs and Research and subsequently to the Board of Directors.

V. Operating Procedures

  1. The ESC Chair may request a written report from ASSE's ABET Board Representative and the BCSP liaison.

  2. The staff liaison shall be responsible for submitting reports on committee activities to the Council Vice President at each Council on Academic Affairs and Research meeting. The Council Vice President shall be responsible for submitting an update on the ESC activities prior to each Board meeting.

  3. 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: Board of Directors 10/2017

Replaces Edition Dated: 02/11

Next Revision Due: 02/20


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