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Program Change, Course Change

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Spring 2010

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1 Safety Studies Proposal M.S. Safety & Occupational Health Applied Sciences Fall 2009/Spring 2010 2 Table of Contents Program Proposal Form M.S Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences 3 CATALOG REORGANIZATION AND EDITORIAL CHANGES 11 Program Planning Sheet 22 Course Proposal Forms SAFE 601 Current Issues in Safety 23 SAFE 602 Best Practices in Safety 26 SAFE 603 Applied Occupational Health 29 SAFE 604 Leading Safety Change 32 SAFE 605 Safety Management Systems 35 SAFE 610 Risk and Safety 38 SAFE 620 Legal and Ethical Issues 41 SAFE 650 Self Directed Study 44 SAFE 695 Graduate Practicum 46 SAFE 699 Thesis 49 SAPC System Academic Planning Council SAPC Executive Summary 52 Appendix A Alumni/Continuing Professional Survey 72 Appendix B Categorized Survey Data 119 Appendix C Action Steps & Timeline 149 Appendix D Syllabi 151 3 KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2010-2011 ACADEMIC PROGRAM PROPOSAL FORM DATE OF SUBMISSION: Fall 2009/Spring 2010 SPONSORING PROGRAM AND CHAIR: Technology, Design & Safety (Safety Studies) Larry H. McDonald, Chair PROPOSAL SPONSOR: Larry H. McDonald Butterfield Hall 219 MS 1901 lmcdonal@keene.edu 358-2976 PROPOSED ACTION: Underline or bold face proposed changes. Program addition Change in requirements* Program redesign Program deletion Other: catalog narrative change Note: The primary proposal is the creation of a Master’s of Science offering in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Science. In conjunction with this program addition, and subsequent to approval of this program, catalog content reorganization and editorial change will be necessary. Both actions are included here to provide clarity and transparency regarding catalog content for Graduate Studies. The new program in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Science will adhere to the administrative practices required for current graduate program offerings. *Please note that changes pertaining to admission requirements for a major require approval of the Senate Academic Standards Committee. CURRENT PROGRAM: N/A 4 PROPOSED PROGRAM: Graduate Study in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Science Master of Science, Safety and Occupational Health Applied Science (36 credits) Keene State College has a long history of preparing exceptional Occupational Safety and Health Professionals. The job of the Occupational Safety and Health Professional is to anticipate, evaluate and control hazards within the workplace to protect the health and safety of workers. The graduate program in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences provides a dynamic learning experience for occupational safety and health professionals seeking advanced study in the profession. The program includes research opportunities that apply course content exploring the emerging philosophical, technological and managerial challenges facing today’s safety and health professional. Graduates will possess essential competencies in writing, quantitative literacy, critical and creative thinking and develop the advanced management skills and technological expertise required to be successful leaders as occupational safety and health professionals in the private and public sector. The Graduate Studies program will offer a stimulating environment that provides continued cultural and intellectual growth to Safety Professionals. The Safety faculty, in conjunction with well-qualified adjunct faculty, (faculty with an advanced degree and exceptional professional experience) will offer courses in a planned three-year cycle that allows realistic student planning for completion of degree requirements in two to three years. The three-year cycle includes fall, spring, and summer semesters. Courses will be scheduled in a format that will be compatible with the needs of working professionals, including weekend courses. Courses in the M.S. Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences will include a blended learning format incorporating both classroom meetings and online content. Admissions Criteria Candidates for admission to the M.S. Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences must meet the requirements for graduate study at Keene State College and submit an Application for Graduate Study, including required materials to the KSC Admissions Office. For additional information refer to the Graduate Application. 5 Master of Science, Safety and Occupational Health Applied Science (36 credits) REQUIRED COURSES (32 credits) SAFE 601 Current Issues in Safety 4 credits SAFE 602 Best Practices in Safety 4 credits SAFE 603 Applied Occupational Health 4 credits SAFE 603 Leading Safety Change 4 credits SAFE 605 Safety Management Systems 4 credits SAFE 610 Risk and Safety 4 credits SAFE 620 Safety Program Assessment 4 credits SAFE 650 Self Directed Study 4 credits CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE (Select one of the following-4 credits) SAFE 695 Graduate Practicum 4 credits OR SAFE 699 Thesis 4 credits PROGRAM OBJECTIVES AND /OR LEARNING OUTCOMES: The new Master of Science Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences program will seek accreditation by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The information below is the text from the ABET website1. ABET provides leadership and quality assurance in Applied Science, Computing, Engineering and Technology Education. In the United States, ABET, Inc., is responsible for the specialized accreditation of educational programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology, including occupational health and safety degrees. ABET accreditation is assurance that a college or university program meets the quality standards established by the profession for which it prepares its students. For example, an accredited engineering program must meet the quality standards set by the engineering profession. An accredited computer science program must meet the quality standards set by the computing profession. Applied science programs must demonstrate that graduates have: (a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and applied sciences 1 www.abet.org, 2009 6 (b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data (c) an ability to formulate or design a system, process or program to meet desired needs (d) an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams (e) an ability to identify and solve applied science problems (f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility (g) an ability to communicate effectively (h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of solutions in a global and societal context (i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning (j) a knowledge of contemporary issues (k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern scientific and technical tools necessary for professional practice. RATIONALE: Program Proposal for review This proposal seeks to expand the scope and vision for the Safety Studies Program and the Safety Center at Keene State College by offering a Graduate Certificate in Safety and Health Management (already in existence), and a Graduate program offering a Master’s of Science Degree in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences. The intent behind this proposal is to provide improved visibility for the challenging curriculum and applied research opportunities for potential students and to attract extramural funding that will create opportunity for future growth and innovation for Safety Studies programs at Keene State College. Typically, many national resources for extramural funding in the field of Occupational Safety and Health are only available to programs with a graduate component. The Graduate Studies program will offer a stimulating environment that provides continued cultural and intellectual growth to Safety Professionals in New England. In surveys conducted by the Safety Studies program many Safety Professionals in the region are interested in the opportunity for quality education at an affordable cost, this proposed graduate studies program allows students to study on a part-time basis. Students will work closely with faculty mentors who have gained practical experience in their areas of expertise while remaining committed to teaching. 7 Keene State College has a number of novel programs that provide exceptional undergraduate learning and engagement experiences including our Safety Studies major in the School of Professional and Graduate Studies. The Safety Studies Program has been a strong contributor to the undergraduate experience at Keene State College since the late 1960’s. This proposal will create integrative opportunities at the graduate level for faculty and students to work together to create innovative solutions for the challenges facing occupational safety, health and environmental professionals in today’s world. The proposed graduate program will provide advanced educational and research experiences consistent with our public, liberals arts mission by supporting enhanced learning for occupational safety and health professionals. Graduate program offerings at Keene State College are limited to those programs that reflect the mission and values of the college---particularly our shared commitment to build upon a liberal arts foundation. This program, although an expansion of graduate offerings at the college, will provide unique advanced educational opportunities for occupational safety and health professionals—a needed service to our regional community. Keene State delivers high-quality academic programs that are affordable and accessible to a wide range of learners; Safety Studies has been an innovative program throughout its history---offering on-line courses, working with businesses to develop educational opportunities for employees, developing certificate programs for continuing professionals, and collaborating with Continuing Education to contribute to the education of over 20,000 professionals through the OSHA Outreach and Education Center. Graduates of our current undergraduate and proposed graduate programs will engage with faculty to develop the critical thinking skills, research skills, quantitative reasoning skills, and the oral and written communication skills to be effective contributors to society and engaged leaders in the Occupational Safety and Health profession. Students at the undergraduate and graduate level will participate in progressively challenging learning experiences to develop leadership skills and the capacity to motivate and contribute to problem solving teams that balance technical solutions with the ethical and moral dilemmas facing professionals in this field---essential outcomes for this those pursuing this meaningful career. The new graduate program will include innovative curricular offerings for traditional and non-traditional students. The Graduate Program will seek national accreditation The Graduate Program will expand opportunities to secure extramural funds the Graduate Program will work to support business needs and tech transfer to assure program relevance 8 The expansion in curricular offerings will increase opportunities for student and faculty engagement, community engagement, and will increase the visibility of the academic programs at Keene State College The Graduate Program will provide expanded opportunities for faculty and students to engage more actively in regional and national organizations to share the successes of our work The overarching goals are: To introduce new applied research challenges To continue to support the state legislature by sharing policy-relevant results of our work To work more aggressively to collaborate with local municipalities and state agencies to support initiatives To expand our successful OSHA Outreach and Education Training Institute to become a regional and national resource for occupational safety and health education and research To create a conduit for Technology Transfer To invest in faculty and staff so they can provide leadership in the science and art of Safety To create new revenue streams to support the college, and expanded opportunities to attract extramural research funds to the college Faculty and students will also be encouraged to engage with community and business world through research and service to expand our program’s reputation and the regional and national recognition for Keene State College. RESOURCES: The chair or coordinator of the B.S. Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences program will be responsible to coordinate the M.S. program. Administrative support for marketing, recruitment, application, admissions, financial aid, initial advisement, etc. will be provided by the Graduate Studies Office and other appropriate offices at Keene State College, consistent with support for existing graduate programs at the college. Tenure track and qualified adjunct faculty will be eligible to deliver courses in the M.S. graduate program as deemed appropriate by the program coordinator. The majority of program offerings will be delivered using hybrid course structure (blended learning courses) thus the contact hours and resource investment In addition, instructional resources available through the OSHA Training Institute (a Keene State 9 College affiliate with a main office in Manchester, NH and satellite offices across the northeast region) will be leveraged to support the instructional delivery and mentorship required for the graduate program. The Safety Studies Program has a history of creating innovative programs and of working with community partners to develop engaging learning experiences and to provide qualified professionals who will strive to improve the health and safety in workplaces and the environment alike. What we are proposing here is smart, fiscally responsible growth for the program. There is an opportunity to create new and innovative educational opportunities at Keene State College, an opportunity to connect our programmatic achievements and interests with business partners, community organizations, and other academic institutions through enhanced undergraduate and novel graduate programs. We have been successful in attracting competitive grant funds to Keene State College and have used these funds to enhance educational opportunities and experiences for our undergraduate students. In the past five years, the Safety Studies Program faculty have received approximately $4.5 million in extramural funds. These funds have been used to complete targeted research activities, to purchase new equipment for the college and the department, and to expand educational opportunities and to offer curricular enhancements. In addition, these monies have supported the release time for one faculty member and have supported five full-time equivalent staff in the department. These individuals have contributed to the research activities and have instructed courses in our undergraduate program. We anticipate, our graduate students will have access to specialized research and training opportunities through our Applied Research Lab and collaboration through the Monadnock Biodiesel Collaborative and the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing, which will support research projects of regional and national importance. This innovative proposal requires no investment in additional resources by Keene State College. All costs would be supported through tuition and fees as determined by cost modeling conducted by the School of Professional and Graduate Studies and the Office of Continuing Education and Extended Studies. Extramural funding resources are anticipated to expand the available resource pool as well, but are not required to maintain a revenue positive program. In addition to expanding the opportunity for revenue from extramural grant applications, this proposal will provide new revenue through an expansion of certificate 10 program offerings and through the launch of a Masters degree in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences. With 81% of alumni and those participating in KSC OSHA Training Institute courses we surveyed expressing interest in graduate program in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences at Keene State College, we anticipate revenue from this program could be significant. 11 CATALOG REORGANIZATION AND PROPOSED EDITORIAL CHANGES CURRENT INFORMATION Graduate Study in Education Tomorrow's educational leaders emerge from Keene State as new teachers, advanced special educators, master teachers, school counselors, and principals. At Keene State, we successfully guide intelligent and enthusiastic individuals as they become confident, competent educators actively improving public and private school environments. Our graduates are noted for an active leadership style that stimulates positive systemic change within demanding school environments. Keene State College has a long history of preparing teachers at the undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and graduate level. The KSC programs of Graduate Study in Education are designed for the adult learner who aspires to enter the field of education, as well as for the experienced educator who seeks new knowledge, skills, and/or additional certification as his or her career develops. Keene State College graduate programs are grounded in standards from national organizations and are accredited by one or more of the following agencies: the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), or the New Hampshire State Board of Education. In addition, each program is framed by standards from specialty professional organizations, whose standards delineate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions professional educators should have, and in that way suggest desired outcomes of the various programs and options. Each specialty area uses the standards in planning courses and experiences and strives to meet as many standards as possible. In keeping with our mission and vision, the Keene State College Education faculty has generated four themes that speak to what we see as fundamental to the process of teaching and learning. These themes weave through our curriculum for beginning teachers and advanced-level professionals at both the undergraduate and the graduate levels. KSC education programs strive to prepare education professionals who: Explore the dynamic nature of the teaching and learning process, Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviors that meet high expectations and standards, 12 Understand the world from multiple perspectives, Contribute to a just and equitable world. We are seeking students who are committed to excellence. The ideal candidate for admission into the Graduate Studies Program at Keene State College will demonstrate professional and personal dispositions, including: clear communication skills the ability to work collaboratively professional appearance and demeanor the commitment to lifelong learning and service to the community clear understanding of the ethical obligations of the profession a demonstrated commitment to honoring diverse perspectives respect, empathy, and caring for others the ability to accept responsibility for own actions the consistent ability to be present, punctual, and prepared a demonstration of integrity and honesty the willingness to work diligently to achieve success. Program Administration Admission Candidates for admission to a program of Graduate Study in Education must submit the appropriate application, including required materials, to the KSC Admissions Office. Furthermore, the following requirements must be met: submission of transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate course work, three letters of recommendation, an admissions essay, and an application fee. Applicants with a current official teacher certification from any state Department of Education must include a copy with their application. A personal interview is also required to complete the application process. Each program or option may specify additional admissions criteria. Refer to the specific admissions criteria for each program or option listed on the Application for Graduate Study in Education. Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.5 grade point average for all undergraduate course work or must submit an official score report indicating a performance score at or above the 50th percentile on each of the three subtests of the (General) Graduate Record Exam (GRE). 13 Normally, application folders completed by April 1 (fall) and December 1 (spring) will be evaluated for matriculation for the following semester. Specific expectations are described on the Graduate Study application form and on the Graduate Studies website (http://keenestateinfo.com/gradstudies/). Individual programs have target enrollments. Keene State College reserves the right to close admissions, irrespective of the stated deadlines. Once accepted, students are required to submit a $100 nonrefundable enrollment services fee before matriculation. Program Support The Graduate Program is administered through the Teacher Education and Graduate Studies (TEGS) Office in collaboration with the Education faculty. The College's Admissions Office coordinates the admissions process in conjunction with the TEGS Office. The Registrar's Office maintains academic records. Upon admission to the Graduate Program, the TEGS Office, after consultation with the student and Education faculty, identifies an advisor. The TEGS Office monitors matriculated student progress through the program. The Education faculty offers courses in a cycle that meets the needs of the students in each program. The cycle includes fall, spring, and summer semesters. Courses are offered from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and 7 to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday during the academic year. Courses are also offered on a Friday evening to Saturday schedule. Summer session classes include day and evening meetings as well as weeklong institutes. Expectations for Degree Completion The minimum course requirements must be completed as specified in the program, with an average grade of B or higher (3.0 on a scale of 4.0). No grade less than a C is acceptable, and no more than two grades less than a B may be applied to the degree. The Course Retake Policy does not apply to courses taken for graduate credit. The residence requirement for graduate students must be fulfilled (normally completed by taking at least 80 percent of credits through Keene State College courses). An Intent to Graduate form must be submitted to the TEGS Office during the first two weeks of the semester before the semester of graduation. Payment of the graduation fee is required. Time Limitations The statute of limitations (total time period in which to complete a graduate program) is 14 six calendar years from the date of official admission for programs that require 30 credits or more to complete, or four calendar years for those programs that require 29 or fewer credits. Course Load A matriculated graduate student is considered to be full-time when he or she registers for 9 or more credits in a given term. Registration for 4.5 credits but less than 9 credits results in half-time status. Course load is a significant determining factor regarding eligibility for financial aid. Contact the Student Financial Services Office for additional information. Leave of Absence Each semester students must either register for a course or request a leave of absence. Failure to do either may lead to administrative withdrawal from the college. To request a leave of absence, contact the Associate VP for Student Affairs office. Students must specify an intended date of return. No readmission procedure will be required when the College has granted an official leave. Academic Dismissal Graduate students who fail to maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) are subject to academic dismissal. Students may also be dismissed for lack of professionalism, attitude toward and aptitude for professed occupational goals, and other criteria established by the degree program. Transfer of Credit Matriculated students may submit a Transfer of Credit Request form to the TEGS Office. Keene State College will only accept transfer credits that apply to a candidate's graduate program and are approved by the student's advisor and/or the Education faculty chair. Only credits are transferred, not grades. Transfer course grades are not included in the 3.0 grade point average required for program completion. Transcripts must indicate that the student was enrolled in a graduate-level course in an appropriately accredited institution. Grades below a B (3.0 on a scale of 4.0) are not acceptable for transfer into graduate programs. Normally, courses taken more than seven years before the date of matriculation may not be transferred into a graduate program. Assistantships/Financial Aid A limited amount of grant and loan money is available for financial aid for graduate students. Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1 and contact the Keene State Office of Student Financial Services for more information. A 15 limited number of graduate assistantships are available to matriculated graduate students. Benefits include a $3,000 annual stipend, plus waiver of tuition and fees (at the in-state rate) for up to eight approved courses (normally 24 credit hours) for the academic year. Twenty hours of work per week are expected of recipients during each semester. Applications are available from the TEGS Office. Earning a Second Graduate Degree Those presently holding a master's degree may earn an additional master's degree in a different area by completing all requirements for the second degree. Candidates for a second graduate degree should apply through the regular admissions process. Existing policies regarding transfer of credit apply. PROPOSED CATALOG COPY NOTE: This section is included to provide a context for the placement of the M.S. program catalog narrative and provide general information that applies to all graduate programs. Editorial changes have been made to the Graduate Studies, Program Administration section in the Proposed Program to be consistent with the new restructuring of Graduate Studies and the addition of the proposed Master of Science program. The changes are highlighted below. Graduate Studies Program Administration Admission Candidates for admission to a program of Graduate Study at Keene State College must submit the appropriate application, including required materials, to Graduate Admissions. Furthermore, the following requirements must be met: submission of transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate course work, three letters of recommendation, an admissions essay, and an application fee. For those applying for graduate study in Education, applicants with a current official teacher certification from any state Department of Education must include a copy with their application. A personal interview may also be required to complete the application process. Each program or option may specify additional admissions criteria. Refer to the specific admissions criteria for each program or option listed on the Application for Graduate Study. 16 Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.5 grade point average for all undergraduate course work or must submit an official score report indicating a performance score at or above the 50th percentile on each of the three subtests of the (General) Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Specific expectations for completion of applications are described on the Application for Graduate Study and on the Graduate Studies website (http://keenestateinfo.com/gradstudies/). Individual programs have target enrollments. Keene State College reserves the right to close admissions, irrespective of the preferred application dates, once class capacity has been reached. Upon acceptance applicants are required to submit a nonrefundable enrollment services fee before matriculation. Program Support The Graduate Studies programs are administered through the Graduate Studies Office within the School of Professional and Graduate Studies. Upon admission to the Graduate Program, the Graduate Studies Office, after consultation with the student and program faculty, will assign an advisor. The Graduate Studies Office and program faculty monitor matriculated student progress through the program of study. Courses are offered in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Typically, courses are offered from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and 7 to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday during the academic year. Courses may also be offered on Friday evenings and Saturdays. Summer session classes include day and evening meetings, blended learning offerings with online content delivery, and intensive institute format. Expectations for Degree Completion The minimum course requirements must be completed as specified in the program, with an average grade of B or higher (3.0 on a scale of 4.0). No grade less than a C is acceptable, and no more than two grades less than a B may be applied to the degree. The Course Retake Policy does not apply to courses taken for graduate credit. The residence requirement for graduate students must be fulfilled (normally completed by taking at least 80 percent of credits through Keene State College courses). An Intent to Graduate form must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office during the first two weeks of the semester before the semester of graduation. Payment of the graduation fee is required for those completing a master’s degree. Time Limitations The statute of limitations (total time period in which to complete a graduate program) is 17 six calendar years from the date of official admission for programs that require 30 credits or more to complete, or four calendar years for those programs that require 29 or fewer credits. Course Load A matriculated graduate student is considered to be full-time when he or she registers for 9 or more credits in a given term. Registration for 4.5 credits but less than 9 credits results in half-time status. Course load is a significant determining factor regarding eligibility for financial aid. Contact the Student Financial Services Office for additional information. This applies to master’s and post-master’s programs not post-baccalaureate programs. Leave of Absence Each semester students must either register for a course or request a leave of absence. Failure to do either may lead to administrative withdrawal from the college. To request a leave of absence, contact the Student Affairs office. Students must specify an intended date of return. No readmission procedure will be required when the College has granted an official leave. Academic Dismissal Graduate students who fail to maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) are subject to academic dismissal. Students may also be dismissed for lack of professionalism, attitude toward and aptitude for professed occupational goals, and other criteria established by the degree program. Transfer of Credit Matriculated students may submit a Transfer of Credit Request form to the Graduate Studies Office. Keene State College will only accept transfer credits that apply to a candidate's graduate program and are approved by the student's advisor, Graduate Program Faculty Coordinator, and Dean’s representative. Only credits are transferred, not grades. Transfer course grades are not included in the 3.0 grade point average required for program completion. Transcripts must indicate that the student was enrolled in a graduate-level course in an appropriately accredited institution. Grades below a B (3.0 on a scale of 4.0) are not acceptable for transfer into graduate programs. Normally, courses taken more than seven years before the date of matriculation may not be transferred into a graduate program. Assistantships/Financial Aid A limited amount of grant and loan money is available for financial aid for graduate students. Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1 and 18 contact the Keene State Office of Student Financial Services for more information. A limited number of graduate assistantships are available to matriculated graduate students. . Twenty hours of work per week are expected of recipients during each semester. For an application, stipend information, and tuition and fee benefits, see specific guidelines available from the Graduate Studies Office or online. Earning a Second Graduate Degree Those presently holding a master's degree may earn an additional master's degree in a different area by completing all requirements for the second degree. Candidates for a second graduate degree should apply through the regular admissions process. Existing policies regarding transfer of credit apply. 19 Graduate Study in Education NOTE: This section is included to provide a context for the placement of the M.S. program catalog narrative. Master of Education Tomorrow's educational leaders emerge from Keene State as new teachers, advanced special educators, master teachers, school counselors, and principals. At Keene State, we successfully guide intelligent and enthusiastic individuals as they become confident, competent educators actively improving public and private school environments. Our graduates are noted for an active leadership style that stimulates positive systemic change within demanding school environments. Keene State College has a long history of preparing teachers at the undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and graduate level. The KSC programs of Graduate Study in Education are designed for the adult learner who aspires to enter the field of education, as well as for the experienced educator who seeks new knowledge, skills, and/or additional certification as his or her career develops. Keene State College graduate programs are grounded in standards from national organizations and are accredited by one or more of the following agencies: the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), or the New Hampshire State Board of Education. In addition, each program is framed by standards from specialty professional organizations, whose standards delineate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions professional educators should have, and in that way suggest desired outcomes of the various programs and options. Each specialty area uses the standards in planning courses and experiences and strives to meet as many standards as possible. In keeping with our mission and vision, the Keene State College Education faculty has generated four themes that speak to what we see as fundamental to the process of teaching and learning. These themes weave through our curriculum for beginning teachers and advanced-level professionals at both the undergraduate and the graduate levels. KSC education programs strive to prepare education professionals who: Explore the dynamic nature of the teaching and learning process, Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviors that meet high expectations and standards, 20 Understand the world from multiple perspectives, Contribute to a just and equitable world. We are seeking students who are committed to excellence. The ideal candidate for admission into the Graduate Studies Program at Keene State College will demonstrate professional and personal dispositions, including: clear communication skills the ability to work collaboratively professional appearance and demeanor the commitment to lifelong learning and service to the community clear understanding of the ethical obligations of the profession a demonstrated commitment to honoring diverse perspectives respect, empathy, and caring for others the ability to accept responsibility for own actions the consistent ability to be present, punctual, and prepared a demonstration of integrity and honesty the willingness to work diligently to achieve success. Note: Refer to catalog copy for M.Ed. options. Graduate Study in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Science Master of Science, Safety and Occupational Health Applied Science (36 credits) Keene State College has a long history of preparing exceptional Occupational Safety and Health Professionals. The job of the Occupational Safety and Health Professional is to anticipate, evaluate and control hazards within the workplace to protect the health and safety of workers. The graduate program in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences provides a dynamic learning experience for occupational safety and health professionals seeking advanced study in the profession. The program includes research opportunities that apply course content exploring the emerging philosophical, technological and managerial challenges facing today’s safety and health professional. Graduates will possess essential competencies in writing, quantitative literacy, critical and creative thinking and develop the advanced management skills and technological expertise required to be successful leaders as occupational safety and health professionals in the private and public sector. 21 The Graduate Studies program will offer a stimulating environment that provides continued cultural and intellectual growth to Safety Professionals. The Safety faculty, in conjunction with well-qualified adjunct faculty, (faculty with an advanced degree and exceptional professional experience) will offer courses in a planned three-year cycle that allows realistic student planning for completion of degree requirements in two to three years. The three-year cycle includes fall, spring, and summer semesters. Courses will be scheduled in a format that will be compatible with the needs of working professionals, including weekend courses. Courses in the M.S. Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences will include a blended learning format incorporating both classroom meetings and online content. Admissions Criteria Candidates for admission to the M.S. Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences must meet the requirements for graduate study at Keene State College and submit an Application for Graduate Study, including required materials to the KSC Admissions Office. For additional information refer to the Graduate Application. Master of Science, Safety and Occupational Health Applied Science (36 credits) REQUIRED COURSES (32 credits) SAFE 601 Current Issues in Safety 4 credits SAFE 602 Best Practices in Safety 4 credits SAFE 603 Applied Occupational Health 4 credits SAFE 604 Leading Safety Change 4 credits SAFE 605 Safety Management Systems 4 credits SAFE 610 Risk and Safety 4 credits SAFE 620 Safety Program Assessment 4 credits SAFE 650 Self Directed Study 4 credits CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE (Select one of the following 4 credits) SAFE 695 Graduate Practicum 4 credits OR SAFE 699 Thesis 4 credits 22 ADVISORY OPINIONS: No other programs outside of Technology, Design and Safety are affected by this proposal. Master of Science Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences Program Planning Sheet Required Courses SAFE 601 Current Issues in Safety 4 credits SAFE 602 Best Practices in Safety 4 credits SAFE 603 Applied Occupational Health 4 credits SAFE 604 Leading Safety Change 4 credits SAFE 605 Safety Management Systems 4 credits SAFE 610 Risk and Safety 4 credits SAFE 620 Safety Program Assessment 4 credits SAFE 650 Self Directed Study 4 credits 32 credits Advisor Approved Elective Capstone Experience *Select one of the following SAFE 695 Graduate Practicum 4 credits SAFE 699 Thesis 4 credits ________________________________________________________________________ Total necessary for degree 36 credits 23 KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2009-2010 COURSE PROPOSAL FORM NOTE: Please review the Senate Curriculum Committee Guidelines for instructions on completing proposal form. (refer to pages 4 - 5 for proposal details) DATE OF SUBMISSION: Fall 2009 SPONSORING PROGRAM AND CHAIR: Technology, Design & Safety (Safety Studies) Larry H. McDonald, Chair PROPOSAL SPONSOR: Larry H. McDonald Butterfield Hall 219 MS 1901 lmcdonal@keene.edu 358-2976 PROPOSED ACTION: Underline or boldface proposed changes. Course Addition Number Change Title Change Credit Change Description Change Prerequisite Change Course Deletion Course Offering Change Course Replacement Other: CURRENT COURSE NUMBER, TITLE and DESCRIPTION: New Course PROPOSED COURSE NUMBER and/or TITLE: SAFE 601 Current Issues in Safety 24 PROPOSED COURSE DESCRIPTION: SAFE 601 Current Issues in Safety—(4 Credits) This course examines promotion and management of occupational safety. Globalization, epidemics, foreign workers, and more will be considered. Computer searches, literature reviews, periodicals and other methods will be used to illustrate the remarkable pathway that occupational safety has taken. Basic research methods are used to enhance the discovery process. LEARNING OUTCOMES: After completing this course the student will have: 1. Expanded their technical and managerial knowledge and skills of the Safety, Health and the Environmental field. 2. Improved their basic research and communication skills. 3. Enhanced their discussion skills in the field of Safety and Health. 4. Developed an understanding of their professional and ethical responsibilities within the Safety, Health, and Environmental field. RATIONALE: This course is a portion of a proposal that seeks to expand the scope and vision for the Safety Studies Program and the Safety Center at Keene State College by offering a Graduate Certificate in Safety and Health Management (already in existence), , and a Graduate program offering a Masters of Science Degree in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences RESOURCES: The Safety Studies program is proposing a novel approach to implement the Master of Science in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences. This program is administered collaboratively by The Safety Center at Keene State College and The Office of Continuing Education and Extended Studies. This Master’s Degree program will be staffed by faculty contracted through The Office of Continuing Education and Extended Studies and approved by the GSSC. This proposal is designed around a Continuing Education model. Courses will be taught on weekends, evenings and during the summer. Current Safety Studies faculty who wish to teach in this program would do so as an external load. Additional external faculty would also be utilized as necessary providing they have exceptional qualifications. 25 ADVISORY OPINIONS: No other programs outside of Technology, Design & Safety are affected by this proposal. 26 KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2009-2010 COURSE PROPOSAL FORM NOTE: Please review the Senate Curriculum Committee Guidelines for instructions on completing proposal form. (refer to pages 4 - 5 for proposal details) DATE OF SUBMISSION: Fall 2009 SPONSORING PROGRAM AND CHAIR: Technology, Design & Safety (Safety Studies) Larry H. McDonald, Chair PROPOSAL SPONSOR: Larry H. McDonald Butterfield Hall 219 MS 1901 lmcdonal@keene.edu 358-2976 PROPOSED ACTION: Underline or boldface proposed changes. Course Addition Number Change Title Change Credit Change Description Change Prerequisite Change Course Deletion Course Offering Change Course Replacement Other: CURRENT COURSE NUMBER, TITLE and DESCRIPTION: New Course PROPOSED COURSE NUMBER and/or TITLE: SAFE 602 Best Practices in Safety 27 PROPOSED COURSE DESCRIPTION: SAFE 602 Best Practices in Safety—(4 Credits) Participants research and define best practices of the safety process; explore how programs are developed, implemented, assessed, and modified. Organizations recognized with awards for their excellence by private and governmental agencies are used as case studies to facilitate learning and understand relationships of best practices and beneficial stakeholder outcomes. LEARNING OUTCOMES: Objectives of this course; by the end of this course students should be able to: 1. Articulate in writing and presentation, occupational health and safety best practices. 2. Recognize and distinguish differences of research methods and respective strengths and weaknesses as applied to health and safety issues. 3. Research and explain work flow systems and environments affecting stakeholders and the occupational health and safety systems. 4. Evaluate organizational roles within an organization and determine what changes would be necessary to lead a program to best practice performance. 5. Be able to present best practice process change concepts to leadership to assist their respective organization achieve best practices. 6. Explain follower and leadership roles and how they relate to best practices. RATIONALE: This course is a portion of a proposal that seeks to expand the scope and vision for the Safety Studies Program and the Safety Center at Keene State College by offering a Graduate Certificate in Safety and Health Management (already in existence), , and a Graduate program offering a Masters of Science Degree in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences RESOURCES: The Safety Studies program is proposing a novel approach to implement the Master of Science in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences. This program is administered collaboratively by The Safety Center at Keene State College and The Office of Continuing Education and Extended Studies. This Master’s Degree program will be staffed by faculty contracted through The Office of Continuing Education and Extended Studies and approved by the GSSC. This proposal is designed around a Continuing Education model. Courses will be taught on weekends, evenings and during the summer. Current Safety Studies faculty who wish to teach in this program would do so as an external load. 28 Additional external faculty would also be utilized as necessary providing they have exceptional qualifications. ADVISORY OPINIONS: No other programs outside of Technology, Design & Safety are affected by this proposal. 29 KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2009-2010 COURSE PROPOSAL FORM NOTE: Please review the Senate Curriculum Committee Guidelines for instructions on completing proposal form. (refer to pages 4 - 5 for proposal details) DATE OF SUBMISSION: Fall 2009 SPONSORING PROGRAM AND CHAIR: Technology, Design & Safety (Safety Studies) Larry H. McDonald, Chair PROPOSAL SPONSOR: Larry H. McDonald Butterfield Hall 219 MS 1901 lmcdonal@keene.edu 358-2976 PROPOSED ACTION: Underline or boldface proposed changes. Course Addition Number Change Title Change Credit Change Description Change Prerequisite Change Course Deletion Course Offering Change Course Replacement Other: CURRENT COURSE NUMBER, TITLE and DESCRIPTION: New Course PROPOSED COURSE NUMBER and/or TITLE: SAFE 603 Applied Occupational Health 30 PROPOSED COURSE DESCRIPTION: SAFE 603 Applied Occupational Health —(4 Credits) This course is designed to provide practical knowledge for safety professionals. This course will examine historic examples of occupational diseases and develop an understanding of exposure assessment techniques in today’s workplace. Course discussion and instructional assignments provide students knowledge and skills to manage illness risks in safety and health programs. LEARNING OUTCOMES: Objectives of this course; by the end of this course students should be able to: 1. Define the basic concepts and history of occupational health 2. Describe the multiple factors that determine the toxicity of a material 3. Describe the physiological response to toxicants 4. Discuss factors affecting the response of an individual to a toxic material 5. Discuss distribution, biotransformation, and elimination of toxic substance 6. Develop an effective exposure and illness control program for a toxin of interest RATIONALE: This course is a portion of a proposal that seeks to expand the scope and vision for the Safety Studies Program and the Safety Center at Keene State College by offering a Graduate Certificate in Safety and Health Management (already in existence), , and a Graduate program offering a Masters of Science Degree in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences RESOURCES: The Safety Studies program is proposing a novel approach to implement the Master of Science in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences. This program is administered collaboratively by The Safety Center at Keene State College and The Office of Continuing Education and Extended Studies. This Master’s Degree program will be staffed by faculty contracted through The Office of Continuing Education and Extended Studies and approved by the GSSC. This proposal is designed around a Continuing Education model. Courses will be taught on weekends, evenings and during the summer. Current Safety Studies faculty who wish to teach in this program would do so as an external load. Additional external faculty would also be utilized as necessary providing they have exceptional qualifications. 31 ADVISORY OPINIONS: No other programs outside of Technology, Design and Safety are affected by this proposal. 32 KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2009-2010 COURSE PROPOSAL FORM NOTE: Please review the Senate Curriculum Committee Guidelines for instructions on completing proposal form. (refer to pages 4 - 5 for proposal details) DATE OF SUBMISSION: Fall 2009 SPONSORING PROGRAM AND CHAIR: Technology, Design & Safety (Safety Studies) Larry H. McDonald, Chair PROPOSAL SPONSOR: Larry H. McDonald Butterfield Hall 219 MS 1901 lmcdonal@keene.edu 358-2976 PROPOSED ACTION: Underline or boldface proposed changes. Course Addition Number Change Title Change Credit Change Description Change Prerequisite Change Course Deletion Course Offering Change Course Replacement Other: CURRENT COURSE NUMBER, TITLE and DESCRIPTION: New Course PROPOSED COURSE NUMBER and/or TITLE: SAFE 604 Leading Safety Change 33 PROPOSED COURSE DESCRIPTION: SAFE 604 Leading Safety Change—(4 Credits) What defines leadership, and what about change, can you be a leader without change? This reflective course will study leadership and change concepts by surveying literature, analysis tools, models and case studies to tease out leadership and change concepts that effectively enhance employee health and safety systems within organizations. LEARNING OUTCOMES: Objectives of this course; by the end of this course students should be able to: 1. Realize personal leadership styles, preferences and opportunities for change 2. Reflect on self as an agent of change and leadership 3. Explain differences and interdependent relationship of management and leadership 4. Explain follower, leadership and change concepts 5. Diagnose an organization and identify points of influence to affect change 6. Be able to explain what safety leadership is and how it relates to ideal performance 7. Identify materials and methods to build leadership skills and traits in self and others 8. Apply consulting, project management and, goal setting skills 9. Initiate a project requiring leadership and change and conduct an evaluation of same. 10. Know how to continue self initiated study and research RATIONALE: This course is a portion of a proposal that seeks to expand the scope and vision for the Safety Studies Program and the Safety Center at Keene State College by offering a Graduate Certificate in Safety and Health Management (already in existence), , and a Graduate program offering a Masters of Science Degree in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences RESOURCES: The Safety Studies program is proposing a novel approach to implement the Master of Science in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences. This program is administered collaboratively by The Safety Center at Keene State College and The Office of Continuing Education and Extended Studies. This Master’s Degree program will be staffed by faculty contracted through The Office of Continuing Education and Extended Studies and approved by the GSSC. This proposal is designed around a Continuing Education model. Courses will be 34 taught on weekends, evenings and during the summer. Current Safety Studies faculty who wish to teach in this program would do so as an external load. Additional external faculty would also be utilized as necessary providing they have exceptional qualifications. ADVISORY OPINIONS: No other programs outside of Technology, Design and Safety are affected by this proposal. 35 KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2009-2010 COURSE PROPOSAL FORM NOTE: Please review the Senate Curriculum Committee Guidelines for instructions on completing proposal form. (refer to pages 4 - 5 for proposal details) DATE OF SUBMISSION: Fall 2009 SPONSORING PROGRAM AND CHAIR: Technology, Design & Safety (Safety Studies) Larry H. McDonald, Chair PROPOSAL SPONSOR: Larry H. McDonald Butterfield Hall 219 MS 1901 lmcdonal@keene.edu 358-2976 PROPOSED ACTION: Underline or boldface proposed changes. Course Addition Number Change Title Change Credit Change Description Change Prerequisite Change Course Deletion Course Offering Change Course Replacement Other: CURRENT COURSE NUMBER, TITLE and DESCRIPTION: New Course PROPOSED COURSE NUMBER and/or TITLE: SAFE 605 Safety Management Systems 36 PROPOSED COURSE DESCRIPTION: SAFE 605 Safety Management Systems—(4 Credits) Surveys leading international safety and environmental management systems, including ISO 14000. Focus on requirements of management systems to identify and implement strategies in organizations. Integrating EMS and SMS is emphasized: management, document control, training, and corrective actions. Students will learn to move organizations beyond basic compliance to innovative performance. LEARNING OUTCOMES: Objectives of this course; Upon completion of this course each student should be able to: 1. Define environmental and safety management systems 2. Identify and interpret leading standards of EMS/SM 3. Review and critically evaluate EMS/SMS case studies 4. Develop knowledge and skills to apply EMS/SMS in practice Understand key core technical concepts regarding safety and environmental management systems. 5. Integrate technical and interdisciplinary concepts to apply EMS/SMS to a given facility case study. 6. Demonstrate the capacity to engage in critical dialogue including active listening and effective oral communication skills. 7. Demonstrate strong writing skills. 8. Demonstrate ability to review and critically analyze case study literature and peer-reviewed articles. 9. Develop skills in information literacy by locating, understanding and evaluating available resources. RATIONALE: This course is a portion of a proposal that seeks to expand the scope and vision for the Safety Studies Program and the Safety Center at Keene State College by offering a Graduate Certificate in Safety and Health Management (already in existence), , and a Graduate program offering a Masters of Science Degree in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences RESOURCES: The Safety Studies program is proposing a novel approach to implement the Master of Science in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences. This program is administered collaboratively by The Safety Center at Keene State College and The Office of Continuing Education and Extended Studies. This Master’s Degree program will be staffed by faculty contracted through The Office of Continuing Education and Extended Studies and approved by the GSSC. This 37 proposal is designed around a Continuing Education model. Courses will be taught on weekends, evenings and during the summer. Current Safety Studies faculty who wish to teach in this program would do so as an external load. Additional external faculty would also be utilized as necessary providing they have exceptional qualifications. ADVISORY OPINIONS: No other programs outside of Technology, Design and Safety are affected by this proposal. 38 KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2009-2010 COURSE PROPOSAL FORM NOTE: Please review the Senate Curriculum Committee Guidelines for instructions on completing proposal form. (refer to pages 4 - 5 for proposal details) DATE OF SUBMISSION: Fall 2009 SPONSORING PROGRAM AND CHAIR: Technology, Design & Safety (Safety Studies) Larry H. McDonald, Chair PROPOSAL SPONSOR: Larry H. McDonald Butterfield Hall 219 MS 1901 lmcdonal@keene.edu 358-2976 PROPOSED ACTION: Underline or boldface proposed changes. Course Addition Number Change Title Change Credit Change Description Change Prerequisite Change Course Deletion Course Offering Change Course Replacement Other: CURRENT COURSE NUMBER, TITLE and DESCRIPTION: New Course PROPOSED COURSE NUMBER and/or TITLE: SAFE 610 Risk and Safety 39 PROPOSED COURSE DESCRIPTION: SAFE 610 Risk and Safety—(4 Credits) Introduction to scholarly based risk literature in occupational and environmental health. Students learn basic risk concepts and critically evaluate quantitative risk assessment (QRA). The class will examine the interplay of science and policy, especially how scientific uncertainty can become controversial. Innovative decision-making processes will be reviewed. LEARNING OUTCOMES: Objectives of this course; Upon completion of this course each student should be able to: 1. Explain and differentiate the terms risk, hazard, exposure, dose, quantitative risk assessment, risk management. 2. Apply critical thinking to evaluate the reasoning behind traditional quantitative risk assessment (QRA) and QRA’s relationship to ‘safe’ occupational and environmental exposure levels. 3. Understand the relationship between policy and science with respect to risk decision making. 4. Critique scholarly risk literature and apply to professional scenarios. 5. Examine health and safety challenges and the associated implications for ethical decision-making. 6. Learn and apply novel risk decision-making processes. 7. Understand key core technical concepts such as risk, hazard, exposure, quantitative risk assessment, and risk management and how these concepts are interpreted and applied within the safety, health and environmental sciences. 8. Discuss and apply sociological dimensions of risk that have implications in the safety and health field. 9. Demonstrate the ability to engage and critique scholarly literature such as peer-reviewed journal articles. 10. Demonstrate the capacity to engage in critical dialogue including active listening and effective oral communication skills. 11. Demonstrate strong writing skills. 12. Develop skills in prioritizing risks and developing professional justifications for doing so. 13. Develop information literacy by locating, understanding and evaluating available resources. 40 RATIONALE: This course is a portion of a proposal that seeks to expand the scope and vision for the Safety Studies Program and the Safety Center at Keene State College by offering a Graduate Certificate in Safety and Health Management (already in existence), , and a Graduate program offering a Masters of Science Degree in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences. RESOURCES: The Safety Studies program is proposing a novel approach to implement the Master of Science in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences. This program is administered collaboratively by The Safety Center at Keene State College and The Office of Continuing Education and Extended Studies. This Master’s Degree program will be staffed by faculty contracted through The Office of Continuing Education and Extended Studies and approved by the GSSC. This proposal is designed around a Continuing Education model. Courses will be taught on weekends, evenings and during the summer. Current Safety Studies faculty who wish to teach in this program would do so as an external load. Additional external faculty would also be utilized as necessary providing they have exceptional qualifications. ADVISORY OPINIONS: No other programs outside of Technology, Design and Safety are affected by this proposal. 41 KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2009-2010 COURSE PROPOSAL FORM NOTE: Please review the Senate Curriculum Committee Guidelines for instructions on completing proposal form. (refer to pages 4 - 5 for proposal details) DATE OF SUBMISSION: Fall 2009 SPONSORING PROGRAM AND CHAIR: Technology, Design & Safety (Safety Studies) Larry H. McDonald, Chair PROPOSAL SPONSOR: Larry H. McDonald Butterfield Hall 219 MS 1901 lmcdonal@keene.edu 358-2976 PROPOSED ACTION: Underline or boldface proposed changes. Course Addition Number Change Title Change Credit Change Description Change Prerequisite Change Course Deletion Course Offering Change Course Replacement Other: CURRENT COURSE NUMBER, TITLE and DESCRIPTION: New Course PROPOSED COURSE NUMBER and/or TITLE: SAFE 620 Legal and Ethical Issues 42 PROPOSED COURSE DESCRIPTION: SAFE 620 Legal and Ethical Issues (4Credits) Ethical and legal issues faced by safety professionals. Students evaluate issues in terms of their own value system, and prudent practices. Case studies and anecdotal presentations examine issues and prepare students for roles in actions such as litigation and worker’s compensation claims as well as various court hearings, and trials. LEARNING OUTCOMES: Objectives of this course; Upon completion of this course each student should be able to: 1. Reference canons of ethical conduct provided by professional associations 2. Explain ethical decision making process and principles 3. Explain attorney client privilege 4. Identify resources with his or her organization providing mentoring 5. Explain the implications and limitations of applicable state and federal regulations 6. Identify actions that may expose her/himself or respective organization to legal or unethical conduct 7. Communicate a clear point of view in a straightforward manner regarding an issue 8. Articulate decision making authority and know when/how to use it RATIONALE: This course is a portion of a proposal that seeks to expand the scope and vision for the Safety Studies Program and the Safety Center at Keene State College by offering a Graduate Certificate in Safety and Health Management (already in existence), , and a Graduate program offering a Masters of Science Degree in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences RESOURCES: The Safety Studies program is proposing a novel approach to implement the Master of Science in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences. This program is administered collaboratively by The Safety Center at Keene State College and The Office of Continuing Education and Extended Studies. This Master’s Degree program will be staffed by faculty contracted through The Office of Continuing Education and Extended Studies and approved by the GSSC. This proposal is designed around a Continuing Education model. Courses will be taught on weekends, evenings and during the summer. Current Safety Studies faculty who wish to teach in this program would do so as an external load. 43 Additional external faculty would also be utilized as necessary providing they have exceptional qualifications. ADVISORY OPINIONS: No other programs outside of Technology, Design and Safety are affected by this proposal. 44 KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2009-2010 COURSE PROPOSAL FORM NOTE: Please review the Senate Curriculum Committee Guidelines for instructions on completing proposal form. (refer to pages 4 - 5 for proposal details) DATE OF SUBMISSION: Fall 2009 SPONSORING PROGRAM AND CHAIR: Technology, Design & Safety (Safety Studies) Larry H. McDonald, Chair PROPOSAL SPONSOR: Larry H. McDonald Butterfield Hall 219 MS 1901 lmcdonal@keene.edu 358-2976 PROPOSED ACTION: Underline or boldface proposed changes. Course Addition Number Change Title Change Credit Change Description Change Prerequisite Change Course Deletion Course Offering Change Course Replacement Other: CURRENT COURSE NUMBER, TITLE and DESCRIPTION: New Course PROPOSED COURSE NUMBER and/or TITLE: SAFE 650 Self Directed Study 45 PROPOSED COURSE DESCRIPTION: SAFE 650 Self Directed Study—(4 Credits) Study in depth of a topic not available through other course work. Student works with supervising faculty member on carefully planned, student-initiated project. Prior approval is necessary. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEARNING OUTCOMES: Objectives of this course; Individual Self-Directed Studies will consist of advanced level individualized research topics. Outcomes will be determined by the supervising faculty and may vary in accordance with the topic and direction of the study. RATIONALE: This course is a portion of a proposal that seeks to expand the scope and vision for the Safety Studies Program and the Safety Center at Keene State College by offering a Graduate Certificate in Safety and Health Management (already in existence), , and a Graduate program offering a Masters of Science Degree in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences RESOURCES: The Safety Studies program is proposing a novel approach to implement the Master of Science in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences. This program is administered collaboratively by The Safety Center at Keene State College and The Office of Continuing Education and Extended Studies. This Master’s Degree program will be staffed by faculty contracted through The Office of Continuing Education and Extended Studies and approved by the GSSC. This proposal is designed around a Continuing Education model. Courses will be taught on weekends, evenings and during the summer. Current Safety Studies faculty who wish to teach in this program would do so as an external load. Additional external faculty would also be utilized as necessary providing they have exceptional qualifications. ADVISORY OPINIONS: No other programs outside of Technology, Design and Safety are affected by this proposal. 46 KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2009-2010 COURSE PROPOSAL FORM NOTE: Please review the Senate Curriculum Committee Guidelines for instructions on completing proposal form. (refer to pages 4 - 5 for proposal details) DATE OF SUBMISSION: Fall 2009 SPONSORING PROGRAM AND CHAIR: Technology, Design & Safety (Safety Studies) Larry H. McDonald, Chair PROPOSAL SPONSOR: Larry H. McDonald Butterfield Hall 219 MS 1901 lmcdonal@keene.edu 358-2976 PROPOSED ACTION: Underline or boldface proposed changes. Course Addition Number Change Title Change Credit Change Description Change Prerequisite Change Course Deletion Course Offering Change Course Replacement Other: CURRENT COURSE NUMBER, TITLE and DESCRIPTION: New Course PROPOSED COURSE NUMBER and/or TITLE: SAFE 695 Graduate Practicum 47 PROPOSED COURSE DESCRIPTION: SAFE 695 Graduate Practicum—(4 Credits) The practicum course experience serves as a central component of our degree program. Prior to the practicum, you will complete core courses in the degree program. Your practicum experience provides you with an opportunity to translate classroom theory into practice in a workplace environment. Prerequisites: 32 earned Safety M.S. program credits and permission of instructor. LEARNING OUTCOMES: A practicum experience provides for the application of classroom theory in a workplace environment. It reinforces competencies learned throughout a student’s academic progression, such as; analytical skills, research processes, problem-solving and interpersonal dynamics. Students have the opportunity for degree-related work experience to promote insight about contemporary issues in the safety profession. Thus, a practicum can serve to assist the student in career development based on personal observation. The practicum is a unique experience that does not reflect the regular format of a classroom course. Instead, comprehensive written assignments and performance evaluations measure how a student has applied their talents, efforts, and other resources towards the practicum. This provides feedback to the Safety program on the quality and advantageous benefits students receive from the practicum opportunity RATIONALE: This course is a portion of a proposal that seeks to expand the scope and vision for the Safety Studies Program and the Safety Center at Keene State College by offering a Graduate Certificate in Safety and Health Management (already in existence), , and a Graduate program offering a Masters of Science Degree in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences RESOURCES: The Safety Studies program is proposing a novel approach to implement the Master of Science in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences. This program is administered collaboratively by The Safety Center at Keene State College and The Office of Continuing Education and Extended Studies. This Master’s Degree program will be staffed by faculty contracted through The Office of Continuing Education and Extended Studies and approved by the GSSC. This proposal is designed around a Continuing Education model. Courses will be taught on weekends, evenings and during the summer. Current Safety Studies faculty who wish to teach in this program would do so as an external load. 48 Additional external faculty would also be utilized as necessary providing they have exceptional qualifications. ADVISORY OPINIONS: No other programs outside of Technology, Design and Safety are affected by this proposal. 49 KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2009-2010 COURSE PROPOSAL FORM NOTE: Please review the Senate Curriculum Committee Guidelines for instructions on completing proposal form. (refer to pages 4 - 5 for proposal details) DATE OF SUBMISSION: Fall 2009 SPONSORING PROGRAM AND CHAIR: Technology, Design & Safety (Safety Studies) Larry H. McDonald, Chair PROPOSAL SPONSOR: Larry H. McDonald Butterfield Hall 219 MS 1901 lmcdonal@keene.edu 358-2976 PROPOSED ACTION: Underline or boldface proposed changes. Course Addition Number Change Title Change Credit Change Description Change Prerequisite Change Course Deletion Course Offering Change Course Replacement Other: CURRENT COURSE NUMBER, TITLE and DESCRIPTION: New Course PROPOSED COURSE NUMBER and/or TITLE: SAFE 699 Thesis 50 PROPOSED COURSE DESCRIPTION: SAFE 699 Thesis—(4 Credits) Students pursue Safety as a profession. Technical, theoretical, and historical aspects of the discipline are studied in an inventive and interconnected manner, with an emphasis on developing cogent and comprehensive Safety knowledge rooted in critical thinking. Students are expected to bring their knowledge and critical capacity to bear. Prerequisite: 32 earned Safety M.S. program credits and permission of instructor. LEARNING OUTCOMES: Graduate students will complete either a substantial written research thesis or a production thesis based on laboratory research with an accompanying written component. This original work will be the culminating creative/research project upon which the student will be evaluated. Students must successfully defend this project before their Thesis Advisor and Thesis Committee. The Thesis Advisor will be the chair of the committee. All committee members will be given an opportunity to read and evaluate the thesis. The thesis must be word-processed and formatted in a professional manner, following appropriate writing style in the discipline. Further requirements regarding the format and contents of a thesis will be specified by the department. The student will make an oral presentation and demonstration of research, if appropriate, as part of the oral defense of the thesis. RATIONALE: This course is a portion of a proposal that seeks to expand the scope and vision for the Safety Studies Program and the Safety Center at Keene State College by offering a Graduate Certificate in Safety and Health Management (already in existence), , and a Graduate program offering a Masters of Science Degree in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences RESOURCES: The Safety Studies program is proposing a novel approach to implement the Master of Science in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences. This program is administered collaboratively by The Safety Center at Keene State College and The Office of Continuing Education and Extended Studies. This Master’s Degree program will be staffed by faculty contracted through The Office of Continuing Education and Extended Studies and approved by the GSSC. This proposal is designed around a Continuing Education model. Courses will be taught on weekends, evenings and during the summer. Current Safety Studies faculty who wish to teach in this program would do so as an external load. Additional external faculty would also be utilized as necessary providing they have exceptional qualifications. 51 ADVISORY OPINIONS: No other programs outside of Technology, Design and Safety are affected by this proposal. 52 SAPC Executive Summary This proposal aims to expand the scope and vision for the Safety Studies Program at Keene State College by changing the name of the undergraduate degree program and by creating a Master’s of Science degree option. These two actions will increase the visibility for the undergraduate program and will support future programmatic growth by providing expanded applied research and professional growth opportunities for post-baccalaureate students. The current undergraduate degree name (B.S. in Safety Studies) is widely considered to be vague and thus is potentially limiting visibility for the program at the state, regional, and national level. A parallel submission proposes changing the undergraduate degree to a new offering—a B.S. in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences. A second action, creating a M.S. in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences will provide an opportunity for continuing professionals to expand their credentials by seeking advanced study in the occupational safety and health field at Keene State College. This graduate program will provide an innovative, and resource conscious delivery plan, a targeted curriculum, and applied research opportunities for post-baccalaureate students. The creation of a graduate study option for the Safety Studies Program at Keene State College will also increase the ability for the Safety Studies faculty to compete for extramural grant awards and to sustain applied research experiences for graduate and undergraduate students alike. II. General Information Institution: Keene State College Date: September 9, 2009 Program Name: Safety Studies 2000 CIP code and CIP title: 150701 Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician, M.S. preparation level Proposed date of program implementation: Fall 2011 Primary contact persons: Dr. Larry McDonald, Professor Safety Studies, TDS Department Chair Dr. Wayne Hartz, Associate Professor Safety Studies 53 III. Evidence of Demand: The noble profession of safety is an interdisciplinary field that combines numerous technical disciplines to recognize and control workplace hazards in order to prevent death, injuries, and material losses. Elements of psychology, sociology, behavioral and physical science, education, management, and law are integrated in this field.2 A safety professional is “an individual who, by virtue of…specialized knowledge and skill and/or educational accomplishments, has achieved professional status in the safety field.3” Safety and health professionals today may specialize in a selected area of study or may serve as “generalists” who coordinate the strategies of other knowledgeable professionals to mitigate hazards. The Safety Studies Program at Keene State College combines a strong liberal arts foundation with targeted instruction to develop effective generalists in the safety and health profession. Demand for the Undergraduate Program: Established in the early 1970’s, the Safety Studies Program at Keene State College has grown to be one of the largest majors at Keene State College and is considered one of the most innovative programs in the country. With more than 270 declared majors and an average of 1,600 students in safety classes each year the program is clearly in demand for current Keene State students. The program is delivering high quality graduates as well. In the past four years, Keene State Safety Studies majors have received 10% of all competitive national academic scholarships awarded by the leading professional association, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). During three of these four years, our students have been recognized with the largest single awards presented at the national ASSE meeting. The program is currently staffed by four tenure-track faculty members and extramural grant monies have been used to support five additional staff members who help to deliver the undergraduate curriculum and to support research aims of the various projects. To support the demand for courses the Safety Studies Program offers courses year-round. With respect to employment opportunities in this field and considering the future need for graduates in this area of study: In a 2006 study, the U.S. Department of Labor reports that safety jobs are available and expanding through the foreseeable future. While salaries vary widely, many graduates in this area of study secure starting salaries of $40,000+ 2 Adapted from: Safety Studies at KSC: Meeting a Nationwide Need, Keene State Alma Mater, Keene State College. January 1981 3 The Dictionary of Terms Used in the Safety Profession, 3rd ed., American Society of Safety Engineers, Des Plaines, IL, 1988. 54 On average, 90% of graduates who receive degrees in this area of study are still in the profession 10 years after graduation Studies by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) show that safety professionals have a 95% job satisfaction rating. As shown elsewhere in this proposal, the undergraduate curriculum and assessment plans have been redesigned to support a purposeful effort to prepare graduates to be effective in their careers and to demonstrate student learning outcomes achievement. This curricular redesign aims to reinforce the learning of Keene State College students through their integrative studies program as well as courses within the safety studies major develop skills for our graduates to be engaged members of a diverse, global society. We expect that demand for this undergraduate degree program will continue to be extremely high for the foreseeable future. The move to change the name of the degree will increase program visibility and enhance state, regional, and national student recruitment efforts. Demand for Collaborative Connections and Continuing Professional Support in the field: The Safety Center at Keene State College has a long history of community outreach. The initiative to become an OSHA-authorized National Education and Outreach Training Institute began with a competitive grant process in 1992. Now successfully operating as an active collaboration between the Safety Studies Program, its faculty, and the Office of Continuing Education and Extended Studies, this program provides advanced education and training programs for hundreds of safety and health professionals across the New England. This program, by supporting the education of professionals in the field, ideally this results in safer workplaces for the workers of New England. Numerous prestigious academic institutions including Harvard University, Boston University, and the University of Massachusetts competed in OSHA’s national application process in hopes of securing designation as one of the twelve national centers. OSHA awarded Keene State with the responsibility to design and operate the National Education and Outreach Training Institute for the New England Region. The Keene State College Education and Outreach Training Institute (otherwise known as the OSHA Center in Manchester) is currently located on Ammon Drive in Manchester, New Hampshire and embodies an active collaboration between the Safety Studies Program, its faculty, and the Office of Continuing Education and Extended Studies. In 2001, with the support and contribution the Safety Studies Faculty, the College was selected to continue as the New England Institute through a second national competition. This program is a working partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (USDOL, OSHA). Management for this community 55 outreach program is handled by the KSC Office of Continuing Education and Extended Studies in a very successful symbiotic relationship with the Safety Center. The Manchester Safety Center serves the State of New Hampshire and entire New England region in providing training to reduce workplace related injuries and illness. In addition, the center serves N.H. as the only institution of higher education offering a Driver Education Teacher Certification Program, and works collaboratively with many federal agencies, state offices, and non-governmental organizations to conduct training and conferences in topics such as homeland security, emergency preparedness and response, and community based accident/injury prevention. The largest program offered through the Manchester Safety Center is the OSHA Training Institute Education Center (OTIEC), a (non-federally funded) collaborative between the United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Keene State College. In addition to offering courses and program developed by OTIEC, the Manchester Safety Center is also responsible for administering the OTIEC Outreach Training Program for New England – providing quality management for outreach instructors and the issuance of approximately 26,000 cards to participants of the 10 and 30 hour OSHA Outreach Trainer Program. The following is a list of enrollments in programs offered through the Manchester Safety Center: OSHA Education Center Courses (Safety and Health in Construction and General Industry) 1,400 Driver Education Teacher Certification 100 Allied Safety and Health Courses 200 Semi-annual conferences (e.g. Ergonomics and Homeland Security) 350 on average Administrative Management of OSHA Outreach Training Program for New England 26,000 participant cards issued per year The collaborative connection with the Office of Continuing Education and Extended Studies and with the OSHA Education and Training Outreach Institute will be leveraged to recruit students to the proposed graduate program. In addition, a graduate certificate program has been developed and initiated as a collaborative venture between the Safety Studies faculty and the Office of Continuing Education and Extended Study this spring. As designed, this graduate certificate program will allow students to matriculate directly, having completed four core courses in the graduate 56 studies curriculum, into the M.S. in Safety and Health Applied Sciences at Keene State College. Demand for a Graduate Program at Keene State College: While considering the need for, and feasibility of, a graduate study program in Applied Safety Sciences, the faculty completed surveys of Safety Studies Alums and continuing professionals enrolled in courses through the Office of Continuing Education and Extended Studies. Over 200 alumnae were surveyed, the results are summarized in Appendix A and B. These surveys demonstrate that there is an extremely high interest in a graduate study program at Keene State College. Individuals expressed a desire for flexible course design, with on-line, nights and weekend course offerings. The proposed curriculum for the M.S. in Safety and Health Applied Sciences is responsive to the interest areas of the individuals surveyed, is consistent with our successful history of offering courses in occupational safety and health program management, and is flexible enough to respond to future needs and interest areas for the profession. Both the undergraduate and proposed graduate programs will benefit from the strength of the faculty. Former practitioners in the occupational safety, health, and environmental professions, faculty bring years of professional experience and advanced academic pursuits in preventing environmental pollution and occupational injury and illness, while supporting the business’ competitive edge and profitability. Sharing a common goal to provide the highest quality educational experience possible for students, faculty design classroom experiences combining both theory and practice with innovation in science and research that leads the program to best practices and practical solutions. In addition to serving the needs of the post-baccalaureate professional in the safety and health profession, the creation of a graduate study option would expand the opportunity for faculty and students to engage in extramural research projects. Over the past seven years, students and faculty—in collaboration with partner institutions such as Dartmouth Medical School and the University of New Hampshire-- have engaged in cutting edge research characterizing occupational and environmental exposures and risks associated with various combustion sources, identifying the risk/benefits of alternative fuels such as biodiesel, preparing emergency first responders to deal with chemical and biological hazards, and identifying the potential environmental factors that contribute to lung diseases. The faculty members of the Safety Studies Program have secured in excess of four million dollars in extramural awards to support these programs during this time. These, and future, grant funds provide not only undergraduate research opportunities, state of the art equipment 57 purchase, and curriculum development and delivery for the safety studies major but have also directly contributed the physical and technological infrastructure of the new Science Center. A commitment by the Keene State College faculty is that these projects must provide experiential learning opportunities for Safety Studies students and connect directly to teaching in the major. Safety Studies faculty have used this opportunity to make connections to other areas of the Keene State campus. Students and faculty from several departments, including technology, design and safety, environmental science, and geography, are collaborating on these projects. The creation of a graduate study option within the Safety Studies Program at Keene State College would expand the commitment to and opportunities for extramural funding to support learning and teaching in the undergraduate program and graduate program alike. Although this proposal would be a significant new venture for the Safety Studies Program and, to some degree, Keene State College, this program has a demonstrated history of proposing innovative ideas and in delivering effective program transformation. Furthermore, for the past two years the college has been making significant investment to creating consistent systems to support the marketing, admissions and enrollment management, and academic support for graduate studies. The college remains committed to supporting limited graduate program offerings. Keene State College graduate programs have historically supported the advanced professional development of in-service educators. The proposal to offer an advanced degree option in Safety Studies will provide a continuing academic program for occupational safety and health professionals as well. Consistent with the relatively unique program offerings in teacher candidate preparation at KSC---one of only two National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education recognized programs in the state--our undergraduate program offerings in Safety Studies is relatively unique in this geographic region. The novel program offering in Safety Studies at the B.S. degree level supports the high enrollment interest for our students and their career success after graduation. The expansion of our undergraduate Safety Studies program to offer an exceptional academic experience at the Master’s level would provide unique advanced level programmatic instruction to support the professional preparation of occupational safety and health specialists at the post-graduate level in the northeast region. This proposal directly enhances the novel programmatic offerings in Safety Studies at Keene State College, expands the public service provided to our society by Keene State faculty and staff, and is consistent with our public liberal arts mission. Historical Summary: The safety program at Keene State College (KSC) began in the early 1970’s with a focus highway and transportation safety. In 1974 Keene State College offered the first degree program in Safety Studies in New England. During the 1980’s, the Occupational Safety 58 and Health Administration became more effective in meeting its Congressional directive to develop and enforce regulations designed to provide a safe and healthful working environment. As a result, the need for skilled safety professionals grew in the insurance and consulting industries and for manufacturing companies. As the national focus in safety studies shifted from transportation safety to occupational safety and health, the program at KSC shifted to offer courses in occupational safety and industrial safety. As Keene State safety majors successfully competed for entry-level positions in their chosen fields, the expanding network of highly qualified alumnae, in turn, promoted the College’s Safety Studies program within the region’s safety profession. During the latter half of the 1980’s, the safety profession nation-wide experienced a dramatic call for more practitioners. This need translated into an expanding demand for the College’s safety graduates. As the job market opened up, the safety program’s enrollment grew and this positive equation further enhanced the program’s reputation. During the 1980’s, the KSC Safety program became closely affiliated with the Boston chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the premier national organization for the safety profession. In response to feedback from professionals and alumnae, during the 1990’s, the Safety faculty and the College administration both recognized the need to offer more in depth coursework in fire protection, electrical safety, and industrial hygiene. As described above, the Safety Studies Program has a history of seeking and responding to trends in the marketplace, emerging research and technical needs of the profession, and to the feedback from our collaborative partners and alumnae. Significant program changes were made during the 1990’s, in response to the department’s ongoing self-study. During the 1990’s, the Safety Studies faculty embarked upon three major initiatives to expand service to the professional community and Keene State College students and to respond to college administrative directives: 1) a proposal to become a National Education and Outreach Training Institute for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 2) a capital campaign to renovate instructional and laboratory facilities in Butterfield Hall, and 3) a merger with the Instruction Technology Sciences Department. Become a National Education and Outreach Training Institute for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration: The initiative to become an OSHA-authorized National Education and Outreach Training Institute began with a competitive grant process in 1992. It was anticipated that, if successful, the Keene State College Safety Program would provide advanced education and training programs for hundreds of safety and health professionals across 59 the region. Numerous prestigious academic institutions including Harvard University, Boston University, and the University of Massachusetts competed in OSHA’s national application process in hopes of securing designation as one of the twelve national centers. OSHA awarded Keene State with the responsibility to design and operate the National Education and Outreach Training Institute for the New England Region. The Keene State College Education and Outreach Training Institute (otherwise known as the OSHA Center in Manchester) is currently located on Ammon Drive in Manchester, New Hampshire and embodies an active collaboration between the Safety Studies Program, its faculty, and the Office of Continuing Education and Extended Studies. In 2001, with the support and contribution the Safety Studies Faculty, the College was selected to continue as the New England Institute through a second national competition. This program, by supporting the education of professionals in the field, ideally this results in safer workplaces for the workers of New England. Capital campaign to renovate instructional and laboratory facilities in Butterfield Hall: Beyond the goal to more substantially contribute to professional development in the safety and health field through the OSHA Center, the faculty were encouraged to envision a state of the art instructional facility for undergraduates at Keene State College. Their vision articulated the need for a facility that would support expanded coursework in occupational safety and health, as well as provide laboratory-intensive curricula to facilitate experiential learning in the more technical aspects of occupational safety and health evaluation and protection. The capital campaign to realize this vision was initiated in 1995. The capital campaign was very successful, culminating with a dedication of an entirely externally funded National Grange Mutual (NGM) Safety Center in April of 2002. The program also expanded: providing curricular offerings in behavioral-based safety, programmatic development, and interdisciplinary courses with environmental science. Merger with the Instruction Technology Sciences Department: In the mid- 1990’s the Safety Studies Program merged with the College Industrial Technology Sciences (ITS) Department following an administrative initiative. This long-term planning process produced a new name for the Department (Technology Design and Safety); which fully merged the Industrial Technology Department and the Safety Studies Department, streamlined the Department’s programming and clearly established the stand-alone degree program in Safety Studies as a high priority. By understanding the evolution of the curriculum, the consciously developed, shared vision of the faculty, and the faculty’s close connection to professionals in the field of occupational safety and health, the reader may also develop an appreciation for the faculty’s vision and effort to provide a liberal education and aptitude in our students to 60 be lifelong learners and effective leaders for occupational safety, health, and environmental stewardship. The current curriculum proposal is the culmination of programmatic review, solicited feedback from numerous stakeholders, and the desire of the faculty to have an intentionally designed curriculum with assessable learning outcomes. V Program Information: Department Offering: Safety Studies Program of the Department of Technology, Design & Safety (The Safety Studies program is simultaneously submitting a proposal to change the program name to Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences. This will match the name of the Graduate Program. On-Campus Program: The current Safety Studies program in on-campus. The Graduate program will have components offered on-campus and also at the Ammon Center in Manchester, NH. Courses will be scheduled in a format that will be compatible with the needs of working professionals, including weekend and evening courses. The course schedules should not have a negative impact on facilities resources. Off-Campus Locations: Some components of this graduate program will be offered at the Office of Continuing Education’s facilities at the Ammon Center in Manchester, NH. Partnerships with Other Institutions: This program will operate in partnership with the Keene State College Office of Continuing Education and Extended Studies. Online-Only Program: No Hybrid Program: Yes-- The Safety faculty, in conjunction with well-qualified adjunct faculty, (faculty with an advanced degree and exceptional professional experience) will offer courses in a planned three-year cycle that allows realistic student planning for completion of degree requirements in two to three years. The three-year cycle includes fall, spring, and summer semesters. Courses will be scheduled in a format that will be compatible with the needs of working professionals, including weekend courses. Courses in the M.S. Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences will include a hybrid format incorporating both classroom meetings and online content. 61 IV. Program Design: With a history of success funding innovative initiatives that support academic and research excellence, the Safety Studies Program is presented with an opportunity to move from good to great. With this proposal; we aim to continue, and to expand the opportunities for our students to engage in applied learning and service through internships, research, and graduate studies. This proposal would create g a Master’s of Science degree in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences. This move will allow us to achieve two specific goals: 1) meet the demand for qualified professionals4 in the field of occupational health and safety in our increasingly complex world and 2) furthering the research grant opportunities that lead to technology transfer to our communities. We see the future of the program to provide opportunities for: Expanding the educational opportunities for students, applied research, and community partnerships to keep students and Keene State College on the leading edge Continuing expansion of Keene State’s reputation for academic excellence, community service, and scholarship Obtaining sustained funding to support student leadership and learning, faculty scholarship, and to develop more prepared professionals to meet the future needs of society Enhancing the Safety Studies curriculum that focuses on student needs and integrative/interdisciplinary study as the college moves to a four credit curriculum Launching an accredited academic honors track in the Safety Studies Program, qualifying for external recognition by a national certifying board Creating a graduate program to expand the educational development in the leadership of safety, health, and environmental sciences at KSC Appropriateness of Program with the mission and values of Keene State College: Timeline for Programmatic Implementation—See Appendix C for a summary table The “Mission” of Keene State College as stated in the 2009-2010 undergraduate and graduate catalog is: “to provide and maintain an intellectual environment grounded in the liberal arts that foster both the personal and professional growth of our students. In support of this 4 Our society is demanding professionals with educational preparation that is grounded in the liberal arts, but with demonstrated technical competencies, critical thinking skills, ethical awareness, and a strong commitment to service and professional community. 62 mission the College promotes and sustains strong relationships among students, faculty, and staff that emphasize creative and critical thinking, scholarship and research, and a passion for learning. Through a mature commitment to learning and service, students will be able to integrate different forms of scholarship and will graduate with substantive knowledge in a chosen field of study. Through the retention and support of a caring staff and a faculty of effective teachers and active scholars, the College prepares students for success in a complex, interdependent world4.” This program proposal will support our mission by providing advanced professional development opportunities for occupational safety and health professionals. The “Campus Values” of Keene State College as stated in the 2009-2010 undergraduate and graduate catalog include these selected entries that reflect the goals of the SPDI program: As a campus community, we value: • Excellence in teaching, learning, and scholarship • Creativity and intellectual curiosity • Environmental stewardship and sustainability • Cultural enrichment • Service to the community Action: Fall 2006--Proposal of a new four-credit curriculum, an honors track, and graduate level courses for Safety Studies. New curriculum launched Fall 2007 The Safety Studies Department, during the recent revision to develop a four credit curriculum, identified core competencies for our graduating students. Our four-credit programmatic revision is targeted to ensure our students achieve success in four primary areas of competency: 1) core technical skills, 2) capacity to innovate in the rapidly changing profession, 3) leadership skills to encourage organizational change when necessary for success in this field, and 4) interpersonal skills and attributes essential for success. This organization of core competency areas supported the development of a curricular structure which would established a solid foundation and progressive learning in each of these four areas of competency. The changes to the Safety Studies curriculum serve to enhance the current curriculum and reflect an intentional design, with assessable outcomes, in each of the core competency areas identified by our programmatic review. The proposed curriculum is structured to provide the knowledge and skills essential for individuals engaged in the practice of occupational safety, health, and environmental program management and the aptitude for these individuals to be lifelong learners and leaders in their profession. 63 As the faculty engaged in the programmatic review to support the curriculum redesign associated with our move to a four-credit hour curriculum this past fall, significant effort was directed toward assessing the previous curriculum, identifying areas of technical proficiency expected for a graduate in this profession, considering national trends for the profession, and evaluating the personal qualities and aptitudes essential for lifelong success in this field. The faculty reviewed the previous programmatic self study (2003) and peer review by faculty from Millersville University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, sought feedback from colleagues and regional/national professional organizations, conducted an alumnae survey, and sought feedback for programmatic improvement from current majors. The programmatic review and feedback from our constituencies identified four primary areas of competency: 1) core technical skills, 2) capacity to innovate in the rapidly changing profession, 3) leadership skills to encourage organizational change when necessary for success in this field, and 4) interpersonal skills and attributes essential for success. This organization of core competency areas supported the development of a curricular structure which would established a solid foundation and progressive learning in each of these four areas of competency. The changes to the Safety Studies curriculum initiated in Fall 2007 have enhanced the undergraduate curriculum. These changes reflect an intentional design, with assessable outcomes, in each of the core competency areas identified by our programmatic review (as shown in the table below). The current undergraduate curriculum is structured to provide the knowledge and skills essential for individuals engaged in the practice of occupational safety, health, and environmental program management and the aptitude for these individuals to be lifelong learners and leaders in their profession. The curriculum is exciting and innovative, the transition to a B.S. offering in Safety and Health Management will provide greater visibility and “branding” for this unique degree offering within the University System. 64 Description of the Learning Objectives in the B.S. in Safety and Health Management: SAFE-101 SAFE-200 SAFE-202 SAFE-203 SAFE-204 SAFE-205 SAFE-222 SAFE-290 SAFE-298 SAFE-301 SAFE-302 SAFE-303 SAFE-304 SAFE-305 SAFE-333 SAFE-400 SAFE-401 SAFE-402 SAFE-444 SAFE-490 SAFE-495 SAFE-497 SAFE-498 SAFE-597 SAFE-697 * Outcomes vary and will be identified on a case by case basis Department Learning Outcomes **Outcomes dictated by state certification requirements for driving instructors Possesses an introductory understanding of general safety concepts X * X X X X ** * * ** * ** * * * * * Demonstrates technical knowledge relevant to the profession * X X X X ** * * X X X X ** * X X ** * * X * * * Demonstrates an understanding of, and the ability to apply, legal and regulatory requirements relevant to the profession * X X ** * * X X X ** * X ** * * X * * * Demonstrates the ability to implement, assess, and fostering organizational change in support of health and safety goals * ** * * X ** * X X ** * * X * * * Possesses knowledge of ethical responsibility professional codes of conduct * X ** * * X ** * ** * * X * * * Possesses the skills necessary to be successful professionals * X ** * * X X X ** * X X ** * * X * * * Integrative Skills P=Primary skills S= Secondary skills Writing P S P Quantitative Reasoning P P P S Reading S S S S P S S P S S S S S Critical Dialogue P S S P Critical Thinking S P S P P S S S Creative Thinking S S S Information Literacy S P S S S S P P S P P P Technological Fluency P S P S S S S 65 Fall 2006 -Spring 2008: Development of a graduate certificate program and planning for a Masters-level graduate program A graduate certificate program was launched during the Spring 2008 semester. The program is currently being coordinated by a 40% PAT position. This program is in direct collaboration with the Office of Continuing Education and Extended Studies and is funded by extramural funding. This program is a continuation of many certificate program offerings developed in close collaboration with both the Office of Continuing Education and Extended Studies and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Regional OSHA Education and Outreach Institute in Manchester, NH and employ mixed educational methods, including on-line instruction. This certificate program will purposefully develop early entrants into the proposed graduate program and will provide a window of planning and funding acquisition to support the launch of the graduate program over the coming years. Named outcomes for the program: with this action, we seek to achieve increased national recognition, increase extramural revenue and applied research opportunities, and to launch a graduate program. o The undergraduate degree will be potentially renamed by Fall 2010 o Accreditation of honors undergraduate program will be achieved within four years o Graduate program proposed, with articulation agreements with partner institutions such as: UNH, Antioch New England, or UMASS-Lowell Ph.D. programs and curricular coordination with Plymouth State University’s Environmental Health M.S. program, within five years o Increase the number of students participating in applied research and honors study at the undergraduate level from ~10 per year to 15 per year within three years o Enroll 10-12 students per year in a Masters Program within five years o Increase the number of service learning/internship experiences for our students, striving to target that 75% of our undergraduate majors participate in this type of learning experience within five years o The Office of Continuing Education and Extended Studies and extramural funds will contribute to certificate and graduate level staff compensation; within five years: o Anticipate offering 2 graduate program courses per semester and 2-4 additional courses each summer o Secure NIOSH/NSF curricular undergraduate and graduate fellowship training and education program funding within four years o Opportunity for future growth of individual TDS programs within the college over the coming years 66 Anticipated planned transfer and articulation agreements or arrangements: N/A Certification, licensing, or accreditation requirements associated with program: Not required. However, the undergraduate program is considering development of an honors track and will be participating in national certification exams over the coming years (as shown in Appendix C). These efforts are part of the programs continuing efforts to become nationally recognized for academic excellence. The faculty are considering the possibility of securing national accreditation for the honors track and graduate program in the near future with the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET.) V. Program Design: Name of proposing department: Safety Studies Program of the Department of Technology, Design & Safety (The Safety Studies program is simultaneously submitting a proposal to change the program name to Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences. This will match the name of the Graduate Program. Admissions standards and criteria: see admissions requirements in complete program proposal (Appendix D). Testing and Evaluation procedures related to prior experiential learning: N/A Physical location/resources on Keene Campus The graduate program would be delivered in collaboration with the Office of Continuing Education and Extended Studies. This program would use available technology to deliver a portion of program on-line and would require limited night and weekend class meetings. For class meetings faculty would schedule the use of existing facilities at Keene State College and/or at the OSHA Education and Outreach Training Institute in Manchester, NH. 67 Degree Requirements, including list of required and elective courses: Master of Science Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences Program Planning Sheet Required Courses SAFE 601 Current Issues in Safety 4 credits SAFE 602 Best Practices in Safety 4 credits SAFE 603 Applied Occupational Health 4 credits SAFE 603 Leading Safety Change 4 credits SAFE 605 Safety Management Systems 4 credits SAFE 610 Risk and Safety 4 credits SAFE 620 Safety Program Assessment 4 credits SAFE 650 Self Directed Study 4 credits 32 credits Advisor Approved Elective Capstone Experience *Select one of the following SAFE 695 Graduate Practicum 4 credits SAFE 699 Thesis 4 credits Total 36 credits 68 VI. Program Delivery System: Administrative structure: programs would remain within Technology, Design, and Safety (TDS) Department Existing Department Structure: Department Chair and Departmental Administrative Assistant Coordinator for BS Safety Studies Coordinator for BS Architecture Coordinator for BS Sustainable Product Design and Innovation (SPDI) Proposed Department Structure: Department Head and Departmental Administrative Assistant Coordinator for BS Safety and Health Management Coordinator for MS Safety and Health Applied Sciences Coordinator for BS Architecture Coordinator for BS Sustainable Product Design and Innovation (SPDI proposal) VII. Enrollment Impact The proposed name change for the undergraduate degree option is anticipated to have no significant impact on near term enrollment. As state, regional, and national visibility for the program increases, enrollment management will be implemented to control resource demands for the faculty. The graduate program will engage qualified faculty members from the undergraduate program only to the degree that the undergraduate program needs are met and faculty are capable of participating in graduate program delivery. Ultimately, it is anticipated that the graduate program staffing will be augmented with well-qualified adjunct faculty, (faculty with an advanced degree and exceptional professional experience). 69 With respect to resources and support: The Safety Studies Program has a history of creating innovative programs and of working with community partners to develop engaging learning experiences and to provide qualified professionals who will strive to improve the health and safety in workplaces and the environment alike. What we are proposing here is smart growth/fiscally responsible growth for the program. There is an opportunity to create new and innovative educational opportunities at Keene State College, an opportunity to connect our programmatic achievements and interests with business partners, community organizations, and other academic institutions through enhanced undergraduate and novel graduate programs. We have been successful in attracting competitive grant funds to Keene State College and have used these funds to enhance educational opportunities and experiences for our undergraduate students. In the past seven years, the Safety Studies Program faculty have received in excess of four million dollars in extramural funds. These funds have been used to complete targeted research activities, to purchase new equipment for the college and the department, and to expand educational opportunities and to offer curricular enhancements. In addition, these monies have supported the release time for one faculty member and have supported four full-time equivalent staff in the department. These individuals have contributed to the research activities and have instructed courses in our undergraduate program. This success has brought recognition to the campus and has been concurrent with increases in the number of undergraduate majors. Current staffing levels limit the capacity of faculty engagement in seeking and directing extramural research projects. Those faculty interested in securing and directing applied research projects are limited in their capacity to do so given the teaching expectations. This proposal, by creating a director for the center, will ensure a dedicated faculty presence to secure funding to support activities that directly benefit the undergraduate program, certificate programs, and graduate program offerings. The department chair and coordinators would work closely with faculty to ensure that all interested parties can engage in applied research and directly connect their research to classroom instruction. In addition to expanding the opportunity for revenue from extramural grant applications, this proposal will provide new revenue through an expansion of certificate program offerings and through the launch of a Masters degree in Safety and Health Applied Sciences. With 81% of alumni and those participating in KSC OSHA Training Institute courses we surveyed expressing interest in graduate program in Safety and Health Applied Sciences at Keene State College, we anticipate revenue from this program could be significant and would support faculty needs to deliver a quality program. VIII/XI. Program Evaluation Procedures/External Review The faculty have worked collaboratively with the Office of Continuing Education and Extended Studies and with colleagues at other institutions offering similar graduate degree programs to design this proposal. As we consider national accreditation for the 70 honors track of the undergraduate program and the graduate program, we will work actively to design the program to be rigorous and outcomes-based. We propose to have an external review of the graduate program by 2013. IX. Institutional resources: List of Faculty expected to teach in the program: Partial load Dr. Larry McDonald, Professor Safety Studies Mr. Wayne Hartz, Associate Professor Safety Studies Dr. David May, Assistant Professor Safety Studies Dr. David Buck, Professor Emeritus Safety Studies Program Coordinator Dr. Larry McDonald, Professor Safety Studies Anticipated impact related to academic and career counseling services: none List resources needed and related costs for implementation of the program: Current levels of TDS and MGT department administrative/secretarial support should not be affected. Supply budget Past extramural support adequate to launch, future awards to expand Equipment Past extramural support adequate to launch, future awards to expand Facilities No enhancements to existing facilities required Identify funding sources, both existing and anticipated (specify estimated revenues) Funding through foundation support and through extramural awards from past funding partners will be continued (EPA, NIH, DHHS, DOE); future awards would be solicited through NIOSH and OSHA to support graduate fellowship programs. Monies for Enhancements History of extramural funding support would be expanded X. Attach all course syllabi: See Appendix D XI. External Review: survey and collaborative planning with colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania-Indiana and Millersville University supported the development of the proposal. XIII. Department response to external review: Proposal reflects feedback received 71 XIII. Approval _______________________________________________ _____________ Signature of President, Keene State College date 72 Total Started Survey: 190 Total Completed Survey: 190 1. Are you currently employed as a Safety Professional? Response Percent Response Count Yes 73.7% 140 No 26.3% 50 answered question 190 skipped question 0 2. If you are employed as a safety professional please describe your position.(please be brief) Response Count 73 2. If you are employed as a safety professional please describe your position.(please be brief) 142 answered question 142 48 3. Are you interested in a graduate program in Safety Studies at Keene State College? Response Percent Respons e Count Ye s 80.3% 151 No 19.7% 37 74 3. Are you interested in a graduate program in Safety Studies at Keene State College? answered question 188 skipped question 2 4. Please expand your answer to the above question as to why or why not you might be interested in a graduate program at Keene State College. Response Count 167 answered question 167 skipped question 23 75 5. How important would it be to your career pursuits that the Masters degree program at Keene State College be accredited by the American Board of Engineering Technology (ABET)? (ABET accredits safety programs throughout the country for the American Society of Safety Engineers. This establishes some form of consistency within the programs offered.) Response Percent Response Count Very Important 41.5% 76 Important 45.9% 84 Not Important 12.6% 23 answered question 183 skipped question 7 76 6. Please select the instructional format(s) that would best fit your needs. Feel free to select more than one. Response Percent Response Count Evening Classes at Keene (semester long) 40.2% 72 Evening Classes in Manchester (semester long) 32.4% 58 Friday/weekend classes that meet approximately 4 times per semester 59.8% 107 On-line instruction, in combination with formalized classroom meetings 78.8% 141 answered question 179 skipped question 11 7. Please explain how important the format of the program is to your ultimate enrollment. Response 77 7. Please explain how important the format of the program is to your ultimate enrollment. Count 145 answered question 145 skipped question 45 78 8. Please indicate the concentration(s) of interest for a graduate program from the selections below. Please feel free to select more than one. The next question will give you an opportunity to offer comments. Response Percent Response Count Emergency planning and preparedness 57.0% 102 Industrial hygiene/exposure assessment 54.7% 98 Safety program management 70.4% 126 Best practices for safety professionals 54.2% 97 Human factors engineering 36.3% 65 International safety and environmental standards 25.7% 46 Construction safety 49.7% 89 79 8. Please indicate the concentration(s) of interest for a graduate program from the selections below. Please feel free to select more than one. The next question will give you an opportunity to offer comments. Occupational and environmental hazard characterization and control 50.3% 90 Safety leadership into the future 61.5% 110 answered question 179 skipped question 11 80 9. Are the other areas of interest that were not listed in the previous question? Please list/explain. Response Count 73 answered question 73 skipped question 117 81 Question #4 Graduate Program Survey Detail 1. A graduate program would expand the base skills and knowledge attained after a bachelors degree and would offer more opportunities and specialties to students. Mon, 3/26/07 7:25 PM 2. I would only be interested if it required little campus time and was tailored to fit the schedule of working adults. Thu, 3/22/07 12:01 PM 3. Continuing education for promotional purpose and hopefully to find another job in the safety service industry. Tue, 3/6/07 7:37 PM 4. My job is based in NJ Fri, 3/2/07 4:42 PM 5. I would more accurately list my answer as "maybe," but due to the local convenience and my undergraduate degree, a potential graduate program does interest me. Although, I believe the undergraduate program needs substantial revisions before taking on such a project as creating a graduate program. Tue, 2/27/07 5:14 PM 6. If I still lived in the area, but I have moved to the midwest. Tue, 2/27/07 3:10 PM 7. To give me more understanding in the safety industry and hopefully a better job. Tue, 2/27/07 12:25 PM 8. I graduated from Keene in May 2005 but am short a few credits still. However, putting the fact that I am short credits aside, the experience that I have had looking for a job in safety has been less than exciting. Workplaces are not interested in hiring people who are straight out of college with no experience. In fact, they shy away from people with less than 5 years experience. I am not sure if this is just my experience in searching for a job or if this is the general consensus. I have been looking into a graduate program because I think a higher degree would help workplaces hire. Mon, 2/26/07 6:08 PM 9. Because I feel as though I need to be further educated and on a constant basis. Mon, 2/26/07 8:40 AM 10. I'm always looking for ways to better myself. Mon, 2/26/07 8:17 AM 82 11. I feel KSC does a great job preparing students as entry level Safety personnel, a graduate program would guarantee students to be a step ahead of the game while entering a competitive job world. Fri, 2/23/07 9:49 AM 12. I have a terminal degree in Public Health. A Masters in Safety would not essential to my career pursuits. Thu, 2/22/07 8:00 PM 13. Only because I do not want to have my BS & MS from the same place Thu, 2/22/07 7:58 AM 14. I feel that the current program at KSC is extremely strong. Very knowledgeable faculty brings life to the curriculum. When you have 2 very strong main factors it would be a shame to not expand the department by offering a Masters program. Wed, 2/21/07 12:32 PM 15. I would be interested, however my goal to attain the CSP designation. Graduate studies would have to be done via on-line as my professional work would not allow me to stay away from these responsibilities. My home is in Connecticut...my clients are throughout the US. Mon, 2/19/07 4:29 PM 16. I think that a person in the safety profession should always continue education. Mon, 2/19/07 4:17 PM 17. While I think it would be a great idea to have a graduate program here, I personally do not wish to remain in NH any longer than necessary. Mon, 2/19/07 2:34 PM 18. The current program has served me well to date and I think any addition would be great. Mon, 2/19/07 1:49 PM 19. I donor have the time to commute to Keene in order to be able to get a degree in Safety Studies. Mon, 2/19/07 9:11 AM 20. I have an MBA from Texas A&M University. My current interests are to pursue either a JD or a PhD. Mon, 2/19/07 7:19 AM 21. In my job hunting experience it seemed as though many employers with a Safety Professional opening were looking for more experience than a recent graduate. The Sun, 2/18/07 8:37 PM 83 safety programs were relatively small--only a few composed the entire Safety Program. A Master's would give me a competitive advantage. 22. I am interested but it’s too far to travel to Keene. I would consider an online program or evenings in Manchester. Also if it is affordable. Sun, 2/18/07 6:14 PM 23. I would be very interested in a graduate program. I had a great experience with my Under Grad studies at KSC. My concerns would be that I would still be working and trying to fit it in with my current work schedule may be a difficulty. Sat, 2/17/07 1:48 PM 24. I believe there is more to safety than science, the program should expand on the human relations side of the equation, the business development marketing and writing grant proposals. Fri, 2/16/07 3:55 PM 25. To improve my knowledge and Ability to manage Safety. Fri, 2/16/07 1:54 PM 26. It would be a great opportunity to continue my education that at the same time may assist me in my current position or future careers post retirement from Keene Fire. With it being local also helps, no travel. Thu, 2/15/07 2:16 PM 27. To become a qualified and competent, so that I can further my education, $. Thu, 2/15/07 1:38 PM 28. Higher level of Education Thu, 2/15/07 1:31 PM 29. I have a B.S. in safety studies but am interested in prep classes for the CSP. Thu, 2/15/07 12:23 PM 30. It gives me the opportunity to boost my resume, and to apply for higher positions inside my company. Thu, 2/15/07 11:56 AM 31. All subject to the course content, the availability to be conducted at night and the ability to audit the class. Thu, 2/15/07 11:45 AM 32. Great opportunity to further my safety studies education. Thu, 2/15/07 11:25 AM 33. It gives the students more opportunities to further their careers by earning their Thu, 2/15/07 11:25 AM 84 masters degree. 34. To expand my resume and training for another job after retirement from the present job. Thu, 2/15/07 10:57 AM 35. Higher level of knowledge and more authority in the education and decision making processes. Thu, 2/15/07 10:55 AM 36. Graduate of Keene State with a Safety Studies Major, and I know the degree and quality of the undergraduate program Thu, 2/15/07 10:45 AM 37. I think a graduate program would allow for increased credibility and expertise in the safety field. Thu, 2/15/07 10:27 AM 38. It would provide additional education and recognition. Thu, 2/15/07 10:18 A

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Senate Curriculum Committee

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English

Publisher

Keene State College

Safety Studies MS

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