OSU News Feed –
Oklahoma State University College of Education, Health and Aviation (EHA) faculty
and administrators recently reconnected with the OSU Belizean doctoral cohort for
a special alumni reception held in Belize City in February. The trip was planned in
conjunction with several other activities, including the Consortium for Belize Educational Cooperation conference which designs, develops and implements collaborative programs and activities
to address higher education needs in Belize.
“The trip was purposeful and productive,” says John Romans, EHA dean. “We were excited
to offer an opportunity for the cohort to come together years later. The relationships
they have formed and the work they are doing is extremely significant. Even more so, it’s rewarding for our
college to continue to be a part of the on-going efforts to further educational resources
in Belize and inspire leadership internationally.”
EHA launched the doctoral cohort in 2007 to meet the need for an advanced degree option
for Belizean students who wanted to pursue a career in higher education. The graduate
program provided students with access to advanced curriculum, faculty expertise and
research opportunities that were otherwise unavailable.
The educational journey has certainly paid off for these students. The knowledge and
experience they gained throughout the program has allowed them to pursue prominent
careers within Belize’s educational system. They are truly an impressive group, occupying
impactful roles as principals, superintendents and members of the Ministry of Education (MOE).
Carol Babb, cohort graduate, serves as the Chief Education Officer for the Belize
MOE. As one of the highest ranking members of the MOE, Babb has supported literacy
programs countrywide to increase literacy rates, implemented school improvement plans
to increase the quality of education offered to students and overseen the opening
of four new schools.
College representatives made the trip to Belize to not only recognize the outstanding
achievements of these graduates, but to also encourage educational initiatives in