Fire Science & Public Safety Administration

Overview

International Fire Service Accreditation Congress logoThe Degree Program in Fire Science and Public Safety Administration (FSPS) is one of only a handful of bachelor degree programs in the world accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC). IFSAC accreditation indicates that course offerings, institutional support, and qualified faculty are working together to complete their educational goals. From the Fall of 2009 to the Fall of 2015, the Fire Science and Public Safety Administration Program had a one-year retention rate of 67% and a graduation rate of 58%.

The 2017 Graduate Survey provides information that is important to anyone considering this program. All our most recent graduates (2013-2016) who responded to our survey reported that they are employed and 87% are working in a career in the fire service or a related field. Fifty percent of those respondents had achieved a leadership position (supervisory position or higher) in their organization. We believe that the reason for our graduates' success is that the Fire Science and Public Safety Administration program develops and refines the student's knowledge, skills and abilities in risk management, emergency-scene management, administration, communication, safety, public safety technology, and business technology. These Program Learning Outcomes are the skills that leaders in emergency response organizations need today.

We assess our students' proficiency in these skills with the required Comprehensive Examination, classroom projects, examinations and a graduate survey. As of the Spring 2017 semester, 100% of our students achieved either mastery or proficiency of the skills we believe are needed for a successful career in the fire service or a related field (Table 1). Many of our recent graduates used these skills to advance in their career or in graduate school (Table 2)

Program Learning Outcomes

Assessed by Examinations
Mastery
Proficiency
Demonstrate risk management knowledge.
79%
21%
Apply emergency scene management knowledge.
85%
15%
Employ public safety administrative knowledge and communication skills.
76%
24%
Use safety and technology knowledge.
76%
24%
Apply business knowledge and business technology skills.
69%
31%
Table 1
Assessed by the 2017 Graduate Survey
Respondents
Demonstrate leadership skills through career advancement and/or
50%
graduate school success
35%
Table 2

Overwhelmingly, the Fire Science and Public Safety Administration Program graduates who responded to the 2017 Graduate Survey believed that the Fire Science and Public Safety Administration courses helped them in their careers and helped them better serve society.