Perfect score: CEPH board renews school accreditation

The RSPH received much-anticipated good news last fall when the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) Board of Councilors extended the school’s accreditation through December 2019.

Rollins met all 27 criteria evaluated, resulting in a perfect score.

"Meeting each criterion means that we successfully evaluated the quality and content of our instruction, research, and service programs," says Richard Levinson, executive associate dean for academic affairs and leader of an effort involving 175 participants in and outside of Rollins.

Reaccreditation concludes a rigorous process that began in fall 2010, when a steering committee comprised of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community partners was formed to ensure broad representation in the self-assessment process. Supporting this committee was a seven-member working group that created a self-study report, submitted in final form to CEPH in March 2012.

A month later, a team of reviewers conducted an on-site visit at Rollins to validate the self-study findings. They interviewed a host of individuals in and outside of the Rollins community, inspected school facilities, examined documentation supporting the self-study, and prepared a report of its findings.

"The CEPH site visit team was very impressed by the quality of our self-study," says Laura Lloyd, who coordinated the RSPH self-assessment. "They recognized the tremendous effort invested in the process by the steering committee and all members of the Rollins community."

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