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Message from the Dean

Welcome to the University at Albany’s College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity (CEHC)! As a member of the CEHC family, you are given a tremendous opportunity to make your mark on the world and engage with some of the toughest questions that society face – from the global response to COVID-19, addressing the systematic inequalities and injustices in government services and beyond, to being front-and-center to the technological innovations of the future. At CEHC you will be equipped with the necessary tools to make a difference and become future leaders in preparedness, security, and information science. The culture at CEHC will make it so you not only have every opportunity to succeed in the classroom but in the community and world at large. I hope you are prepared to roll up your sleeves and take advantage of all that CEHC offers you.

At CEHC, you will join other students, faculty, and staff with a shared goal of teaching the next generation of leaders in the response, intelligence, library and data sciences, and applied technologies. You are joining a family committed to not only excellence in the classroom but in our communities. CEHC will expose you to state-of-the-art research and issues that affect the very nature of the world in which we live. All of us at CEHC are proud of many things. We are proud of attracting, retaining, and graduating talented students that are situated to be the future leaders of tomorrow. We are proud of the enthusiasm and spirit that CEHC students and faculty have for learning and doing their part in the community. We are proud of the engagement, generosity, and the persistent involvement of our alumni. We are proud of our innovative research that helps address global challenges in preparedness, homeland security, cybersecurity, and information science. We are proud that we are not afraid to get our hands dirty and address the issues and societal challenges that hamper humanity and student success. We are proud that we stand together in times of crisis, helping in COVID-19 response and actively addressing the systematic injustices and issues of diversity around the world. We are proud of our dedicated faculty and staff, that go above-and-beyond to ensure students have the resources they need and have every opportunity to succeed in and out of the classroom. And we are proud that you chose to be part of the CEHC family!

I speak for CEHC when I say we never wavered from our core values. We have a simple motto – Ut Differentiate Make a Difference. The College serves as a gateway to endless opportunities for you if you work hard and are willing to continue learning and becoming an instrument of positive impact on our communities. Our commitment to ensuring diversity and inclusion, social responsibility, and lifelong learning continues to motivate all our actions. I view cultivating diverse, well trained, and educated students as not just a moral necessity but a national security imperative. Every year we welcome new students and faculty that adhere to this sacred mission, and each year our students become more involved, more committed, more diverse, and more well-known for their actions and activities. I believe that everyone in CEHC can do great things with the right support, education, ethics, and passion. 

As a College, we continue to make strides in support of student success. Every day we are working on expanding our offerings, faculty experts, and addressing the needs of our current and prospective students. New programs such as Master’s in Emergency Preparedness and Cybersecurity and undergraduate programs in Game Design offer students’ interdisciplinary areas of study and prepare them to address shortages in skilled professionals. On this website, you will find additional information on the variety of programs and opportunities we offer and many stories of the success of our students, alumni, and faculty. Should you have any questions, you should not hesitate to reach out to rpgriffin@albany.edu

In Summer 2021, we are moving to the Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurship Complex (ETEC), where you will be learning in a state-of-the-art facility unique in this field. At ETEC you will be able to further promote innovation, foster personal, social, and economic growth, and continue networking and sharing ideas and resources. Home is where the family is, and we will proudly call ETEC home.

If you are excited to be at UAlbany, ready to learn with amazing peers from experts in their fields, and ready to take make a difference in the world, CEHC is the right place for you.  Everyone who comes through the CEHC program is and forever will be part of the CEHC family!


Robert Griffin
Dean

About the College

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Diverse and Interdisciplinary Programming

Emergency preparedness, homeland security and cybersecurity are dynamic and diverse fields. Like security threats themselves, the work required to protect the nation is constantly changing and it cuts across numerous disciplines. The academic programs at CEHC will draw from several disciplines – including public administration, criminal justice, digital forensics, atmospheric science, public health, political science, computer science, informatics, and others – in order to fully equip students with the necessary and varied skills these fields require.

Experiential Learning

Classroom work will be supplemented by experiential learning opportunities in all of our programs, where through internships and training, authentic simulations, work with real-world clients, and research in contemporary and highly relevant topics, students will further their classroom learning in an applied environment. This facet of the curriculum allows students to put theory learned in the classroom to practice in the field, and begin cultivating a network of colleagues for their future career. University centers like the Center for Public Health Preparedness and the National Center for Security and Preparedness, as well as many external public and private agencies, help to provide research and training opportunities for students, academics, and professionals.

Research

The University at Albany is classified as a “Research University – Very High Research Activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. CEHC strives to produce innovative, highly visible, and externally funded research – research that is conducted not just by CEHC faculty but through faculty-student collaborations and cross-disciplinary research groups. CEHC’s annual planning conference, “Setting the Agenda in Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity” ensures that the College’s research is relevant to CEHC’s public, private, and nonprofit partners.

Training

At the University at Albany, CEHC students undertake a significant amount of training in the areas of homeland security and emergency preparedness. Our training program is comprised of four tiers: foundational training, professional development, community engagement, and concentration-specific training. CEHC’s National Center for Security and Preparedness supports the nation’s efforts to be secure from acts of terrorism and to be prepared to respond to disasters and other incidents of high consequence. The NCSP is also the program lead for the New York State Preparedness Training Center located in Oriskany, NY, and facilitates many of the available training opportunities. Students are exposed to the national and international facets of EHC through online training delivered by federal organizations such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDC). Lastly, since 2002, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has funded the School of Public Health’s Center for Public Health Preparedness, which provides highly relevant emergency preparedness training, resources, and assistance to public health professionals and their community response partners across New York State and the nation. Similarly, the School of Public Health’s Center for Public Health Continuing Education is nationally known for its distance learning training.

Partnerships

The challenges that these fields are working to address are complex and multi-faceted. They impact all levels of society and involve many individuals, organizations and agencies in the response efforts. That’s why CEHC works to generate and sustain strong partnerships with a wide array of organizations – including collaborating with other UAlbany schools and colleges; external academic institutions; and public, private and non-profit agencies – who are already making an impact in these fields.

The college leverages these partnerships through a “hub and spoke” model (illustrated below), through which the College serves as the hub, anchoring and supporting collaboration between the various spokes, which include academic units, state agencies, and private and non-profit organizations that are working in these areas. These partnerships allow the college to draw from the expertise of a range of disciplines; create relevant academic programming; set a research agenda informed by input from the state and other public, private and non-profit organizations; and to minimize duplication by integrating existing academic and training offerings into the college’s programs.

Assessment and Accreditation

American Library Association (ALA) Accreditation

The College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity is proud to offer an American Library Association (ALA), accredited Master of Science Information Science degree. This accreditation is vital to obtain many of the information professional-level positions in the field of Library and Information Science.

As part of the accreditation process, the program undergoes a self-evaluation and peer review based on the ALA standards, process, policies and procedures. These standards have been established "to foster excellence through the development of criteria for evaluating education effectiveness. Throughout the Standards, the requirements for evaluation include assessments, not only of educational processes and resources to achieve established objectives expressed as student learning outcomes. Further, institutions seeking accreditation of master's degree programs in library and information studies have an obligation to use the results of their evaluations for broad-based, continuous program planning, assessment, development, and improvement."1 

As of 2020, we have extended our ALA Certification which lasts until 2024.

Standards for Accreditation of Master's Programs in Library and Information Studies (Chicago, IL: Office for Accreditation, American Library Association, 2008), p.4.

 

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THE iSCHOOL AT CEHC

The College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity has been a member of the iSchools consortium since July 2018. We join industry thought-leaders worldwide in shaping the teaching and practice of information studies and related aspects of the field, now and into the future. Together we share a fundamental interest in the relationships between information, people, and technology; and the vision that our interdisciplinary approaches to education and training have a profound impact on how those relationships function.

cehc students attending a ncsp simulation class
CEHC Partnership Hub and Spokes Model

CEHC is always interested in expanding its partnerships to include other academic institutions with programs in emergency preparedness, homeland security and cybersecurity, as well as agencies, companies and organizations working in these areas. To discuss potential collaborations, please contact the College at CEHC@albany.edu.