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  1. Using Online Survey Data and Reviews of Historical Documents to Assess an Industrial Hygiene Master’s Program JN Zey; ASSE

  2. Doctoral Research University of Missouri - Columbia Dr. John Nicholas Zey JN Zey; ASSE

  3. Dissertation Committee • Chair • Sandy Hutchinson, Ed.D. • Committee members • David Kreiner, PhD • Barbara Martin, EdD • Sony Castro, EdD • Dennis Laster, PhD JN Zey; ASSE

  4. Topics To Be Covered History of UCM MS-IH Program Methodology Research Questions Results Discussion JN Zey; ASSE

  5. Disclaimer • Dr. Zey is not responsible for any feelings of ill heath you may experience • If you do not understand the jokes, do not fear • NIOSH research found (p value = 0.05) to understand Zey’s humor requires a high IQ • Some of Dr. Zey’s students do not “get” his jokes for 2-3 days! JN Zey; ASSE

  6. History of UCM IH Academic Program • Started in 1972-73, 1st graduates in 1974 • Both MS-IH and BS-IH until 1996 • Previous database collected by Zey showed the following: • 509 alumni, located in 45 states • 50 BS-IH • 459 MS-IH JN Zey; ASSE

  7. History of UCM IH Academic Programs • Why assess the UCM’s IH program • To ensure constituents of the program’s quality • Alumni • Current & prospective students & their parents • IH Advisory Board • Accrediting bodies, both regional academic & national accrediting bodies • Friends JN Zey; ASSE

  8. Study Methodology • Instruments used • On-line survey • Divided year of graduation into time periods: 1974-1984, 1985-1996, 1997-2009 • Historical documents • 5-year internal reviews by UCM • Minutes of Department meetings • Graduate catalogs • Student transcripts JN Zey; ASSE

  9. Study Methodology • Additional To help insure researchers familiarity with IH Program did not adversely affect study additional reviews: • 3 External reviewers added • Department faculty & College Dean also reviewed survey & the draft dissertation • Some family members also served as reviewers JN Zey; ASSE

  10. Study MethodologyTriangulation of Data Sources JN Zey; ASSE

  11. Research Questions • What courses/topics do MS-IH alumni view as critical for entry level industrial hygienists? • What knowledge & skills do MS-IH alumni view as critical for entry level industrial hygienists? JN Zey; ASSE

  12. Research Questions • How has the satisfaction of alumni with their preparation by the Department of Safety Sciences for their career in industrial hygiene changed since the program began? JN Zey; ASSE

  13. General Studies Course in Safety (1971) is approved Dept of Safety & Dept of Industrial Safety & Industrial Hygiene merged to form Dept of Safety Science & Technology (SS&T) IH Curriculum expands from 32 to 36, epidemiology course added Dean RM Conducts Assessment of the Potential for establishing a Safety Center JP Named SS&T Chair RB Chair for 2 yrs Feb 1972 meet held with industry & CMSC officials to establish IH curriculum RU Chair of SS&T Dept of Ind Saf Established Dean RM serving as Chair EY Chair for 1 YR JP Chair for 1 YR OSH Lab Course established, offered as IH elective HJ hired to head IH Program EY Chair for 1 YR CMSC Established Safety Center & School of Public Services with R Marshall heading both JP Chair for 1 YR IH masters program approved with 32 hour curriculum including toxicology & ventilation + DB + DA - HJ - DA First MS-IH Graduates (6 students) 67 68 69 70 81 86 85 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 82 83 84 87 88 89 92 90 91 Time Line For Significant Events In Safety Sciences Results JN Zey; ASSE

  14. Results AG selected as CAST Dean; LW Selected Chair Curriculum modified: internship from 6 to 3 hrs, 3-hrs research requirement added Dept Safety Sciences goes into new College-CHHS; RS is Dean Safety General Studies Course is Disapproved JP Leaves; AG selected as Chair IH Masters ABET Reaccredited after interim visit DL Retires; LW selected as interim chair for 1 yr IH Curriculum expands from 36 to 44 Hrs IH Advisory Board Established Revised General Studies Course Approved 1st ABET Application submitted & withdrawn GPA entrance requirement increased from 2.5 to 3.0 ABET Accreditation for IH DL Selected Chair IH-Training Grant approved +/- RJ joins IH Faculty 1 yr + LF for Labs LW retires; LAB selected as Chair + AI IH Training Grant Re-approved -DB + AG + JZ + GP 04 05 07 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 06 08 09 93 94 Time Line For Significant Events In Safety Sciences JN Zey; ASSE

  15. Results • 400 alumni with MS-IH • 48 BS-IH • Had email over 275 alumni • Overall response rate of 50.7% (136 people) • 1 individual did not wish to take the survey, • 11 did not have an IH degree from UCM • 118 -122 alumni gave responses to most questions JN Zey; ASSE

  16. Results • More realistic response rate for individual questions was 44% - 45.5% • 28% of the MS-IH alumni have other degrees from UCM (e.g., BS-Biology) • Word of mouth was the primary source of information about MS-IH program • Notable increase in percentage of female alumni from early years to current time JN Zey; ASSE

  17. Comparing MS-IH Graduates With Total Department Graduates JN Zey; ASSE

  18. Results JN Zey; ASSE

  19. Results - Certification • 76 (64.4%) reported having the certified industrial hygienist, • 31 (26.3%) reported having earned the certified safety professional • 18 alumni (15.3%) indicated they had obtained the Certified Hazardous Materials Manager JN Zey; ASSE

  20. Results - Alumni Salaries JN Zey; ASSE

  21. Results - Number of other OSHE Professionals Alumni work with JN Zey; ASSE

  22. Results - How Are Alumni IH Sampling Needs Accomplished? JN Zey; ASSE

  23. Results - Source of Information About IH Program JN Zey; ASSE

  24. Other Responses From Previous Question JN Zey; ASSE

  25. Results - Overall Satisfaction With Preparation for Career By Dept JN Zey; ASSE

  26. Results - Alumni Satisfaction With Preparation by Dept, by Time Period JN Zey; ASSE

  27. Results - Most Important Courses & Topics • Those Courses & Topics receiving the most “essential” ratings, include • Regulations & standards • Monitoring & instruments • Noise & vibration • Toxicology • Engineering controls • Administrative controls • Personal protective equipment • Chemistry & Radiation JN Zey; ASSE

  28. Results - Most Important Skills & Knowledge • Skills & knowledge receiving the most “essential” ratings include • written communication, • problem solver, • critical and analytical thinking, exposure control, • hazard recognition and anticipation JN Zey; ASSE

  29. Results - Most Important Skills & Knowledge • Skills & knowledge considered important (but not essential) ratings include • Financial planning, • Ability to demonstrate value added services • Research methodology JN Zey; ASSE

  30. Triangulation Of Survey Data With Document Review Percentage of certified alumni JN Zey; ASSE

  31. Triangulation Of 2 Databases Total Number of MS-IH Graduates JN Zey; ASSE

  32. Discussion - Research Questions Answered • What courses/topics do alumni view as critical for entry level industrial hygienists • What skills & knowledge do alumni view as critical for entry level industrial hygienists • For both questions, practitioner skills were rated most important JN Zey; ASSE

  33. Discussion - Research Questions Answered • How has the satisfaction of alumni with their preparation by the Department of Safety Sciences for their career in industrial hygiene changed since the program began? • Majority of alumni are very positive about their preparation for each time period JN Zey; ASSE

  34. Discussion - Limitations of Study • Researcher familiarity with program • A student 1975-1976 • Faculty 1996-2010 • “Memories” of alumni • Quality and condition of records JN Zey; ASSE

  35. Discussion – Implications For Practice • Based on results no major changes to program are needed • Program should assess the adequacy of communication training in curriculum • Make laboratory course a required course (not an elective) JN Zey; ASSE

  36. Discussion – Implications For Practice • Department should focus on “word of mouth” recruiting for IH: • Alumni • Family & Friends • Experts in OSHE • Recruiters at UCM • General Studies Course JN Zey; ASSE

  37. Discussion - Suggestions for Future Research • Specific components of this assessment should be repeated on a regular cycle • Survey of IH alumni • Consider assessment of UCM IH program via other avenues: focus groups, interviews • Other BS/MS programs in the Department should be assessed • Recommend other OSHE programs at other Universities consider this approach JN Zey; ASSE

  38. Discussion - Summary • Quality of program received high ratings overall • Rating for some specific topics varied by time period • Some of this can be explained by changes in curriculum • Original 32 hr curriculum included chemistry, biology, physics • Current 44 hr curriculum requires those as background JN Zey; ASSE

  39. Discussion - Summary • Triangulation of historical documents and survey data suggests sample for dissertation is valid • Alumni ratings of subjects covered & historical graduate catalogs helped explain some differences in ratings • Review of transcripts helped eliminate names from original database that were not alumni JN Zey; ASSE

  40. Discussion - Summary • Method of building data base via multiple sources resulted in some inaccuracies • Methods used in this research can be used by most other academic programs JN Zey; ASSE

  41. Are There Any QUESTIONS? JN Zey; ASSE