Final Steps to be Fully Accredited
In early February, one of the final steps took place in the college’s journey to be fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). A team of three external evaluators, representing the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Texas A&M University and the University of Georgia, visited campus February 2-4, accompanied by a member of the CEPH staff. They met with community partners, students, faculty, External Advisory Committee members and Kent State’s president and provost. Next steps involve the team writing a report and making their recommendation regarding accreditation to be considered at CEPH’s next meeting in mid-June. “The evaluators’ comments were largely very encouraging, and we will be able to address any remaining issues and anticipate receiving a favorable response from the board,” observes Dev Pathak, PhD, chair of the college’s External Advisory Committee andfounding dean of the Robert Stempel School of Public Health at Florida International University and former interim dean of the College of Public Health at The Ohio State University. “The CEPH site visit confirmed the influence that our College of Public Health already possesses in Ohio,” says Kent State Provost and Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs, Todd A. Diacon, PhD. “As we move toward full accreditation, we’ll continue to improve lives through research, service and education. We’re fortunate to have the College of Public Health at Kent State,” he adds.