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PUBLIC SAFETY MANAGEMENT LEARNING OUTCOMES AND STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

PROGRAMS

Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Management

Master of Science in Public Safety and Homeland Security Management

Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) – National Center for Education Statistics
(Source: https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/cipcode/cipdetail.aspx?y=55&cip=43.0202)

Fire Services Administration - CIP Code 43.0202

Definition: A program focusing on the principles, theory, and practices associated with the management of fire operations, firefighting services, and community fire issues. Includes instruction in fire protection history and theory, incident command leadership, administration of public fire organizations, labor relations, emergency medical services management, fire emergency response strategies and mitigation, legal and regulatory responsibilities, budgeting, public relations, and organizational leadership.

Employment outlook information

B.S. in PUBLIC SAFETY MANAGEMENT ASSESSMENT INFORMATION

Program Goals: 

The professional role of an emergency services official involves a broad spectrum of responsibilities including, among other duties, fire suppression, emergency medical services, public education, emergency management, and prevention. Leadership roles in the field emphasize operational decision-making abilities, fiscal management, community involvement, employee relations, and emergency response and coordination. 

Graduates should demonstrate the ability to identify, define, and analyze problems within their discipline and to resolve those problems as it pertains to the labor force, fiscal aspects, data analysis, legal issues, and human resources management.

Graduates should demonstrate the ability to apply various terminologies as it applies to various functions within emergency services.

Graduates should demonstrate the ability to apply critical thinking skills for problem solving, data analysis, management problems, and technical information.

Graduates should be able to gain relevant work-related experience through utilizing technical skills, verbal and written communication skills, appropriate for a work environment, ability to work as a team member, growth potential, and leadership potential. Graduates should be able to develop career goals and specific occupational objectives based on their educational background.

Student Learning Outcomes:

SLO1: Explain the legal and ethical context related to the administration of emergency services agencies.

SLO2: Develop strong management and leadership abilities in areas including labor relations and fiscal responsibility. 

SLO3: Demonstrate an understanding of research and data analysis as it relates to public safety management. 

SLO4: Demonstrate professionalism in the workplace at various stages of the career (e.g., job search, advancement).

SLO5: Exhibit strong problem-solving, research, critical thinking, and written and oral communications.

Reports of Student Achievement:

Annual Assessment Plan (B.S. in PSM)

Annual Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes (B.S. in PSM)

Survey of Program Graduates (B.S. in PSM)

Retention/Graduation Rates (coming soon)

M.S. in PUBLIC SAFETY AND HOMELAND SECURITY MANAGEMENT ASSESSMENT INFORMATION

Program Goals: 

The professional role of an emergency services official involves a broad spectrum of responsibilities including, among other duties, fire suppression, emergency medical services, public education, emergency management, and prevention. Leadership roles in the field emphasize operational decision-making abilities, fiscal management, community involvement, employee relations, and emergency response and coordination. 

The program is designed to provide students with the skills and abilities to successfully assume leadership roles. This is accomplished through a rigorous curriculum where instruction emphasizes theory, research, and practical exercises. Specifically, the program goals are to:

  1. Develop and expand the graduate’s body of knowledge of the public safety, fire service, and emergency management disciplines.
  2. Enhance the student’s critical thinking, problem-solving, and oral and written communication skills needed to diagnose, analyze, and provide solutions to complex public safety, fire service, and emergency management situations.
  3. Train future executive and managerial leaders in public safety, fire service, and emergency management organizations.
  4. Provide the necessary credentials for career advancement in public safety, fire service, and emergency management fields.

Student Learning Outcomes:

SLO1: Explain the legal and ethical context related to the administration of emergency services agencies (related to goals 1, 2, 3, and 4).

SLO2: Demonstrate awareness of the organizational and governmental policy formation process as it relates to the emergency services field (related to goals 1, 2, 3, and 4).

SLO3: Demonstrate the skills needed to successfully manage the fiscal resources of an emergency services organization (related to goals 1, 2, 3, and 4). 

SLO4: Apply knowledge and exercise autonomy in decision making processes to provide a broad range of solutions to public safety problems (related to goals 1, 2, 3, and 4).

SLO5: Exhibit strong problem-solving, research, critical thinking, and written and oral communications skills during critical situations (related to goals 1, 2, 3, and 4).

Reports of Student Achievement:

Annual Assessment Plan (M.S. in PSHSM)      

Annual Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes (M.S. in PSHSM)

Survey of Program Graduates (M.S. in PSHSM)

Retention/Graduation Rates (coming soon)