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									               Occupational Safety and Health
                     Educational Effectiveness
           Continuous Program Improvement
                Assessment (Report) Summary
                                         AY 04

                               Prepared by Debbie Sonberg
                                     For Curt Sather

                                     February 21, 2007

                             To document past activities for
                           continuous program improvement|
                             based on past reviews, surveys,
                          program reports, & letters of support.

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                       University of Alaska, Kenai Peninsula College
                                  (formerly UAA—CTC)
                        Continuous Program Improvement Report
                                           AY 04
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                2003-2004 ASSESSMENT TOOLS & DATA COLLECTION

Advisory committee input: The OSH program has had an active advisory committee prior to its
   inception in 1999. A seven-member panel of industry safety experts were brought together
   to determine what knowledge and skills a safety professional in the State of Alaska would
   need for employment. The advisory committee helped develop and evaluate the original
   curriculum as well as participated in the continuous review and improvement of the OSH
   curriculum and program. Several letters of support for the program come from advisory
   committee members. From the beginning, the advisory board strongly recommended
   expanding the OSH program to include a Bachelor of Science degree. The advisory
   committee currently (2004) consists of fourteen safety professionals, two military members,
   and four university members. Minutes of advisory committee meetings are available upon
   request from Curt Sather, UAA/OSH.

Surveys of OSH Professionals: In 1998, a questionnaire was sent to 50 safety professionals
   around the state of Alaska. The data collected (with a 55% return rate) used to write the
   original curriculum for the Associate of Applied Science degree in Occupational Safety &

   In 2003, safety professionals were again consulted for a curriculum review. The OSH
   curriculum and a curriculum survey and program rating matrix were sent to many safety
   professionals in various industries throughout the state. This curriculum survey and program
   rating matrix provided guidance to the department as to the quality and relevance of the

Student Internship Evaluations: The program has partnered with various business,
   governmental, and professional organizations in order to offer internship opportunities for
   our students. Interns have been placed with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and
   Health, The Alaska Department of Occupational Safety and Health Administration,
   Municipal Light and Power, Wilder Constructions, Alaska Supply Chain Integrators, Alaska
   Clean Seas, and others. At that time (2004) the department had more requests for interns
   than the department had students prepared for those positions. Evaluations from the
   employers of the OSH interns have shown the employers to be very pleased with the
   knowledge and skills of the OSH standards and program.

   I have had the opportunity to meet and converse with Curt Sather on numerous occasions at
   professional gatherings. Mr. Sather…is the main reason I am aware of this program, and [he]
   has been instrumental in helping me develop a Health and Safety intern position at ML&P.
   At ML&P we have had the pleasure of working with two student interns recommended by
   Mr. Sather. We have accomplished projects with each intern that improved our safety
   programs markedly. Both interns did commendable work while at ML&P and both have
   gone on to find work in this field within this state. (Boyer, ML&P)

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                        University of Alaska, Kenai Peninsula College
                                   (formerly UAA—CTC)
                         Continuous Program Improvement Report
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Employment Rate: Although no official survey of graduates was conducted by the time of the
  OSH first program review in 2004, the department was not aware of any graduates who had
  contacted the department looking for employment. Three businesses had contacted the OSH
  department seeking safety graduates. These companies each had several positions open at
  that time.

   This leads to two general assumptions:

   1. OSH graduates are readily finding employment, and
   2. The OSH program graduates are in high demand (the OSH program is not able to
      produce as many graduates as industry requires).

Professional Development for Students:
   I have been pleased to be a part of organizing the UAA Student Section of the American
   Society of Safety Engineers Alaska Chapter. Your students have shown dedication and
   desire for professionalism in their quest to be a part of the premier professional organization
   for our profession. (Seville, VP, Integrated Management Services)

                      2003-2004 ANALYSIS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Program Commendations:
   The AAS-OSH program is a valuable program and resource for occupational safety and
   health professionals in Alaska. This program has given the opportunity for the University to
   assist in educating safety and health professionals. I have reviewed the curriculum for the
   AAS-OSH program…and find that the courses do provide the basic tools for well-rounded
   safety and health professionals. (Husberg, DHHS)

   After perusing the program syllabus you sent…I find that it has just about everything that
   one would want in a two-year safety and health program…On a score of 1.0 to 10, I would
   rate it at about a 9.0 to 9.25. (Weber, OSH Northern Air Cargo)

   The OSH program’s effective partnering with professionals and occupational representatives
   has facilitated a productive multi-industry, multi-organization approach to prepare students
   for employment in a variety of industries including construction, oil & gas, and work
   services. (Hull-Hilly, DHSS, OSH Advisory Committee Member)

   The current curriculum is complete and meets the needs of employers and potential
   employees (students in the program) interested in pursuing a career in occupational safety
   and health. Recommend a 4-year program. (Schowen, Municipality of Anchorage)

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                       University of Alaska, Kenai Peninsula College
                                  (formerly UAA—CTC)
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   Current safety courses and the two-year associate degree program…have greatly contributed
   to providing students with the expertise and knowledge to prepare them for a safety filed.
   The recommended courses and information should produce a well-rounded safety
   professional. (Hustead, AKOSH, DOL&WD)

   o Review curriculum to align with national certifications in safety. (Gehler, Dean CTC)
   o Further develop and refine program outcomes assessment plan and report. (Gehler)
   o Pursue continued curriculum development in environmental and security issues. (Sather,
     OSH Professor)
   o Broaden the injury epidemiology course to cover occupational epidemiology (disease and
     injury) (Husberg)
   o Add OSH track in the BST degree. (OSH Advisory Committee)
   o Expand to a four-year program. (nearly all respondents recommend a 4-year program)
   o Develop distance delivery opportunities.
   o Students should receive additional training on General Industry and Construction
     standards and procedures pertaining to Alaska Work conditions. (Hustead)
   o The MSHA (Mine Safety and Health Administration) regulations pertaining to mining
     and the role it plays in Alaska should be part of the curriculum. (Hustead)
   o Add to the curriculum by allowing students to choose between the Principles of
     Technology course, a System Safety, Occupational Exposure Assessment or Risk
     Analysis course. (Hustead)
   o A four-year program…would better prepare students to meet the needs of the industries
     in Alaska. (Hustead, ADOL&WD)

Actions taken:
        OSH faculty and staff have developed outcomes for the AAS-OSH program. They are
currently (2007) re-writing the AAS-OSH Educational Effectiveness Assessment Plan for
Continuous Program Improvement to align with the University’s recommended format
        The OSH faculty and staff, along with an advisory committee and numerous safety
industry professionals, are currently designing a four-year OSH program to articulate with the
OSH two-year program. The program should be presented to UAB for its first reading sometime
in 2007.
        The OSH four-year program design includes environmental and security issues.
        The OSH two-year program injury epidemiology course has broadened to include
occupational diseases. The OSH four-year program design includes a course emphasizing
occupational disease identification, prevention, and control.
        The OSH four-year program design has both a General Industry safety course and a
Construction Industry safety course.
        All other recommendations are being considered and will be pursued as time, financial,
and human resources allow.

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