Annual Reports

The annual report allows CEPH to monitor significant changes and ongoing compliance in each school or program between on-site visits. The US Department of Education requires all recognized accreditors, including CEPH, to monitor specific issues on an annual basis.

The deadline for submission is posted on the CEPH website. You can always expect a due date in early December.

The dean, program director, or designated leader is always notified about the need to submit an annual report. You may provide up to two additional contacts in the annual report form, and those individuals will also be notified in subsequent years.

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Accredited schools and programs preparing a re-accreditation self-study must submit an annual report. 

Applicants preparing for an initial accreditation review are not required to submit an annual report.

Schools and programs in any stage of the reaccreditation process must submit an annual report.

The single exception is for schools and programs that had initial accreditation decisions (not re-accreditation decisions) in the spring or fall of the calendar year. These schools and programs are not required to submit an annual report in December of the same year in which they received an initial accreditation decision. They must submit an annual report in all subsequent years.

Yes. The deadline for the submission of an interim report has no bearing on the expectation that a school or program submit an annual report.

The categories of questions on the annual report are as follows:

  • Organization Information
  • General Information
  • Admissions Information
  • Finances
  • Other Resources
  • Quantitative Faculty Information
  • Graduation Rates
  • Post-Graduation Outcomes

Accredited schools and programs that are ASPPH members must complete the CEPH annual report in addition to ASPPH’s questionnaire; it contains data requests that CEPH must collect in a specific format to ensure CEPH’s continued compliance with USDE regulations. The ASPPH report is a not a substitute for the CEPH annual report.

Collaborative schools and programs must submit a single annual report that accurately portrays all components of the school or program.

Report on the most recently completed academic year. The 2018 annual report, for example, should cover the 2017-2018 academic year (ie, fall 2017 and spring 2018. Do NOT report on fall 2018.

The CEPH annual report collects the headcount of newly matriculated students who entered within the reporting year.

Graduation data for each degree conferred should pertain to the most recent cohort that has reached the maximum allowable time to graduate. For example, if students have up to five years to graduate, you will report only on the 2013-2014 cohort in the 2018 annual report, since they reached the five-year graduation mark in 2017-2018—the reporting year for the annual report.

Present all graduation data by degree, rather than by concentration.

Placement data for each degree conferred pertain to the most recent cohort of graduates who have had 12 months to secure employment or continuing education. In the 2018 report, for example, you should report on those who graduated in the 2016/2017 academic year, since they reached the 12-month post-graduation mark in 2017-2018—the reporting year for the annual report.

Present all post-graduation outcome data by degree, rather than by concentration.

Only complete the appropriate rows for your school or program, and leave the others blank. In the text box that will appear, include a simple note that explains that the degree program does not have any graduates yet.

Pick one category; no one should be double counted.

You may count these individuals as employed for purposes of reporting.

You should only report on significant changes that may impact student learning or other areas of compliance with the Accreditation Criteria. Responses should be brief and direct. Specific information about computer purchases, field placement contracts, etc. is not necessary.

There is no specific template that you should be using to upload your budget spreadsheet. Each school/program has different budget management and incorporates different line items. Simply upload the budget that you use in your school/program and that will suffice.

You may make an estimation based upon the larger budget and the amount of resources and time your program uses. Upload this approximation as a spreadsheet.

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You can access and update your report as often as you like until the official deadline in early December.

The annual report does NOT serve as a substitute for providing the Council with prior notice of substantive changes, when required. If your school or program undertakes one or more substantive changes, they should be submitted through CEPH’s Substantive Change Form for SPH/PHP and Substantive Change form for SBP.

The best approach is to be proactive. If there is an upcoming change that might impact compliance, contact staff for direction beforehand. Don’t wait for the annual report!

No. Annual reports are not public documents. Only final self-studies and final accreditation reports are public information.

The Council will review the annual reports at the first meeting for which space is available on the agenda – either winter (usually late February or March) or spring (usually June). Following its review, the Council will send a letter to each school and program confirming receipt of the annual report and, if applicable, identifying any potential concerns. Based on its review, the Council may request an interim report or additional information. A follow-up consultation visit, abbreviated review, or full accreditation review may also be required in special circumstances.

General Information

  • Was there any change in the relationship of the accredited unit (school/program) to the parent institution?
  • Were any concentrations or degrees added, discontinued, or suspended? Include addition, discontinuance, or suspension of any degree formats, such as off-campus, executive, or fully distance-based programs.
  • Did the accredited unit (school/program) adopt any significant curricular changes?

Admissions Information

  • Total headcount of new enrollees in public health degrees during reporting year

Financial resources

  • Upload budget table for reporting year

Other Resources

  • Summarize any significant changes that are directly applicable to student learning and that may affect compliance in the program’s resources in the following areas:
    • Faculty resources – loss of faculty lines/positions without replacement
    • Institutional support
    • Funds allocated to the accredited unit
    • Facilities/physical space
    • Staff support (either clerical or program) who directly support academic offerings – loss without replacement
    • Library holdings or library access
    • Computer equipment or access
    • Laboratories (if applicable)
    • Faculty and/or student travel support

Quantitative Faculty Resources

  • Complete table based on concentrations and degrees in unit of accreditation

Graduation Rates

  • Complete table based on public health degrees in unit of accreditation

Post-Graduate Outcomes

  • Complete table based on public health degrees in unit of accreditation