The 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 2017, the Fire Science and Public Safety Administration program had a one-year retention rate of 71% and a graduation rate of 63%.
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. Forty-seven 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, class-room projects and examinations and a graduate survey. As of the Spring 2020 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
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.