Purpose and Objectives
AIHA prides itself on representing the academic community – the lifeblood of preparing students for what is hopefully a rewarding and prosperous career. ABET accreditation plays a key role in ensuring the caliber and quality of college and university courses of study in the realm of industrial hygiene, occupational and environmental health. To this end, AIHA has served as a co-lead organization along with ASSP for EHS Generalist academic program ABET accreditation. AIHA and ASSP have agreed to the need to review and update these criteria, and consequently this new ABET EHS Criteria Working Group is being formed.
Specifically, it is envisioned that the ABET EHS Criteria Working Group will work collaboratively with ASSP to update the jointly sponsored ABET EHS criteria, including:
- An environmental scan of EHS academic programs, graduating students and employers to better understand critical skills
- Focus on Baccalaureate level programs with outreach to Community Colleges
- Drafting of new criteria to be shared with and approved by the AIHA Board of Directors and the ASSP Board of Directors
ABET EHS Criteria Working Group Composition
The group is to be comprised of up to six (6) members representing a cross-section of professionals reflective of both occupational health / industrial hygiene academic programs and industry practitioners. The group will also have an AIHA Board Liaison appointed by the AIHA President; this individual does not serve as Chair or Vice Chair. It is anticipated that this working group will serve for the duration of the ABET EHS criteria update project.
ABET EHS Criteria Working Group Selection Process
The process of selecting new members begins with an open call for applications to the AIHA membership. Applications are reviewed, and selections made by the AIHA Board. Selections are made to ensure that the committee maintains as broad a diversity of representation as is reasonably possible.
Committee members must be current and active members of AIHA and are selected to provide a balanced representation of academia and practitioners based on, but not limited to, the following criteria:
- Types of degree programs (e.g., undergraduate, graduate)
- Geographic diversity
- Gender, ethnic and other diversity considerations
- Prior volunteer engagement with AIHA
ABET EHS Criteria Working Group Responsibilities
Members are expected to:
- Attend all scheduled conference calls
- Conduct activities in accordance with relevant AIHA policies, procedures, and priorities
General Time Commitment
- Bi-monthly conference calls (each lasting 1 to 1 ½ hours)
- Email correspondence as needed
- Accountable to the AIHA Board of Directors
- Agree to uphold and abide by the AIHA Bylaws, Conflict of Interest and Code of Conduct policies
Nominations will be accepted until close of business on Wednesday, July 15. Self-nominations will be accepted.
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