ASSE Foundation Provides Funding to Southeastern Louisiana Univ. for SH&E Program Accreditation
DES PLAINES, IL (September 22, 2011) – The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Foundation recently awarded Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA, with $3,500 to support its efforts to seek ABET accreditation for its Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Program. The funding comes from the James A. Oppold Fund, formed to honor Mr. Oppold, an active ASSE member, after his 2002 death.
ABET, as it is formally known, was once called the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). In 2005, ABET formally changed its name to ABET, Inc. The goal of the James A. Oppold Fund is to encourage and facilitate universities in obtaining ABET accreditation of their safety and health programs by providing financial assistance. The grant will be instrumental in helping Southeastern meet their accreditation goals for the occupational safety, health and environmental program, as well as courses and opportunities for students.
Southeastern has offered a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in occupational safety and health and environment (OSH&E) since 2004. From its inception, the program had the objective of obtaining accreditation from ABET. Since the program’s implementation in 2004, more than 40 graduates have received their four-year safety and health degrees. The University consists of five colleges with 20 academic departments and programs offering a total of 66 degree programs (two associate degree programs, 43 baccalaureate degree programs, 20 graduate degree programs, and one doctoral program). Its students come from more than 40 states and 50 foreign countries.
Southeastern’s OSH&E (Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety, Health and Environment) program is designed to provide an academically comprehensive curriculum that prepares graduates with the ability and competency to become highly qualified safety, industrial hygiene, and environmental professionals. Also, Southeastern is expanding its OSH&E course offerings to meet the needs of current and potential safety and health professionals in the Greater New Orleans area. As such, a number of major courses are currently offered through compressed video at a Marrero, LA, high school.
Southeastern has had an active ASSE student section for more than 12 years sponsored by the ASSE Greater Baton Rouge Chapter. For more information about Southeastern Louisiana University and its programs, please visit http://www.selu.edu/.
The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation (ASSEF), established by and in partnership with the American Society of Safety Engineers, generates funding and provides resources for scholarship, applied research, academic accreditation, and related academic initiatives in order to advance the safety, health, and environmental profession. For more information on the Foundation and its programs visit www.asse.org/foundation.
Founded in 1911 and celebrating its centennial, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety society and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 34,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, healthcare and education. For more information, please go to www.asse.org and to view the new ASSE – A Century of Safety film go to www.asse.org/assecenturyofsafety.