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CWU’s BS in Safety and Health Management Degree Program Gains International Accreditation

Friday, September 8, 2017

ELLENSBURG, Washington — Central Washington University’s BS degree program in safety and health management has been accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET), a global accreditor of college and university programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering and engineering technology.

ABET accreditation assures that programs meet standards to produce graduates 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.

“Obtaining accreditation from ABET is a tremendous accomplishment that confirms the high quality of our program, faculty, staff, and students,” noted Paul Ballard, dean of the college of education and professional studies, which includes the health and safety management program.

Sathyanarayanan “Sathy” Rajendran, CWU’s safety and health management program coordinator, added, “This is a great honor for not only our program but for the university.”

Sought worldwide, ABET’s voluntary peer-review process is highly respected because it adds critical value to academic programs in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines, where quality, precision and safety are of the utmost importance.

Developed by technical professionals from ABET’s member societies, 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.

ABET is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). It currently accredits 3709 programs at over 750 colleges and universities in 30 countries.

CWU’s Safety and Health Management program prepares students for careers as occupational safety and health (OS&H) professionals. Through hazard analysis and risk reduction, OS&H professionals create healthy work settings for companies in industries such as agriculture, petrochemical, government, construction, insurance, manufacturing, mining, services, and transportation.

For more information about Central Washington University’s BS degree program in Safety and Health Management, visit

Media contact: Chelsie Hadden, Central Washington University Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1457,

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