CWU Safety & Health Management Program Earns ABET Accreditation

The Safety and Health Management program at Central Washington University (CWU), in Ellensburg, WA, was recently accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, for the first time in the program’s history.

ABET accreditation ensures that programs meet standards to produce graduates who are ready to enter critical technical fields that are leading the way in innovation and emerging technologies, and anticipating the welfare and safety needs of the public.

According to CWU, this accomplishment is the culmination of a 6-year strategic process of curriculum revision, program revitalization, growth, industry collaboration, and outcomes assessment and evaluation to meet ABET standards.

“Some employers will only recruit from ABET-accredited safety programs, so this accreditation is a huge benefit for our students,” says Sathy Rajendran, Ph.D., CSP, ARM, LEED-AP. A professional member of ASSE’s Puget Sound Chapter, Rajendran is CWU’s Safety and Health Management Program coordinator, and chair of the Engineering Technologies, Safety and Construction Department. He is also a member of the Society’s Construction and Academics practice specialties, and the Women in Safety Engineering Common Interest Group. He also serves on the Outstanding Student Section Award Evaluation Committee for ASSE’s Council on Region Affairs. Rajendran received ASSE’s William E. Tarrants Outstanding Safety Educator Award in 2017.

Developed by technical professionals, ABET criteria focus on what students experience and learn. ABET accreditation reviews look at program curricula, faculty, facilities and institutional support, and are conducted by teams of highly skilled professionals from industry, academia and government, with expertise in the ABET disciplines.

CWU’s Safety and Health Management program is hosting an event on Oct. 19 to celebrate the achievement.