Council elects Keyes president
Saundra Keyes was elected president of the Council April 30 at the Council’s meeting in Cambridge, Mass. Keyes, editor of the Honolulu Advertiser, was elected to a three-year term.
Keyes has represented the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) on the Council since 1998 and has served two terms on the Council’s Accrediting Committee.
Keyes replaces Jerry Ceppos, who served the maximum two three-year terms as president. Ceppos, vice president of news for Knight Ridder, will remain on the Council as ASNE’s representative. Council bylaws allow an organization to name a replacement representative when its representative becomes president.
Keyes has been editor of the Advertiser since December 2000. She previously had been managing editor of the Contra Costa Times, managing editor of The Miami Herald, executive editor of the (Long Beach) Press-Telegram and managing editor of the Philadelphia Daily News.
She had also worked in various reporting and editing positions at the Orlando Sentinel, the (Louisville) Courier-Journal and the (Nashville) Tennessean. She participated in the startup of USA Today.
Before becoming a journalist, she was an assistant professor of English at Fisk University. She earned her B.A. at the University of Utah and her M.A. and Ph.D. at Indiana University. She is a member of the American Society of Newspaper Editors.
ACEJMC has redefined the terms for review of professional master’s
It also calls for accreditation reviews to consider graduate and undergraduate programs separately, with separate recommendations for overall accreditation status. The Council in fact adopted this aspect of the policy in 2002 but put it on hold pending the development of criteria.
The new policy also adds three indicators and six evidence items to the standards for accreditation. Affected standards are: 1, Mission, Governance and Administration; 2, Curriculum and Instruction; 4, Full-Time and Part-Time Faculty; 6, Student Services; and 9, Assessment of Learning Outcomes. The other four standards were not affected.
The membership of the Graduate Review Committee changed over the roughly four years of its work. Mary Ann Ferguson served as chair throughout. Original members were Will Norton, John Soloski and George Thottam; in 2003 they were replaced by Beth Barnes, Tom Bowers, David Rubin and Linda Shipley.
Click here to see the standards with the changes highlighted.
Outgoing ACEJMC President Jerry Ceppos put a challenge before the Council at the spring meeting in Cambridge: Find a way to promote effective instruction in ethics.
Ceppos said, “If any outsider poked his or her head in this room, the first question obviously would be, ‘What are you doing about this epidemic of ethical problems in journalism?’”
He listed newspapers that had admitted to plagiarism just in the past year, including some college papers. He said some of these instances appeared to stem from confusion about the nature of plagiarism.
“My guess is that our newsrooms, and probably this Council, are full of people with varying interpretations of what plagiarism is,” he said. “Shouldn't we at least engage the discussion in every school of journalism?”
Ceppos offered a second list, of activities students might be assigned to promote their awareness of challenges in ethics, fairness and accuracy. However, he said he wasn’t suggesting that the Council should tell schools what to do.
“I do believe that we could develop a set of outcomes that we hope for from ethics and fairness instruction, a procedure that wouldn't be prescriptive,” he said. “Perhaps we even should publish a guide to meeting new standards on ethics education, as we did on diversity last year; it was full of ideas, not requirements.”
For the full text of Ceppos’s speech, click here.
The Council approved two small but significant clarifications in its new standards for accreditation. The new standards, including these changes, will become effective for self-studies starting in the 2004 – 2005 academic year and will be applied in accreditation reviews starting in the 2005 – 2006 year.
In the “Indicators” section of the preamble to the standards, references to “compliance with” indicators were replaced with references to “meeting expectations defined for” indicators. This change was intended to clarify that visit team reports will not cite compliance/non-compliance for individual indicators, but will continue to cite compliance/non-compliance with standards.
Indicator “c” of Standard 3, Diversity and Inclusiveness, also was clarified. The expectation that the unit “supports” the retention, progress and success of women and minority faculty members was changed to an expectation that the unit “provides an environment that supports” them. The change was a response to concerns that, on some campuses, the requirement to support faculty could imply an obligation to support retention, tenure or promotion applications no matter what.
To see the standards, including these clarifications, click here.
The Council elected three new members, and re-elected two current members, to serve three-year terms on the Accrediting Committee.
New members are: Sue Bohle, president, Bohle Public Relations Company in Los Angeles; Carla Lloyd, associate professor and chair of the advertising department, Syracuse University; and Rick Rodriguez, executive editor, Sacramento Bee.
Re-elected members are: Jane Healy, editorial page editor, Orlando Sentinel; and Tom Kunkel, dean, College of Journalism, University of Maryland. Committee members Beth Barnes, Mark Trahant and Betty Anne Williams each had served two three-year terms and were not eligible for re-election.
Schools that receive provisional accreditation soon will have more time to address their problems.
Starting in the 2005 – 2006 academic year, the standard term of provisional accreditation will become two years. Schools will retain the option to schedule a revisit in one year.
Will Norton, chair of the Council’s Committee on Structure, presented the recommendation for the change at the Council's spring meeting. Norton said the overlap of the accreditation cycle and the academic year meant that many schools, in practice, had considerably less than a year to address their problems.
He also said some problems that commonly lead to provisional accreditation could not be completely addressed even given a full year. Under the current schedule, the team chair often makes the revisit when the school has developed a solution but can’t yet demonstrate results.
ACEJMC’s openness and focus on diversity are unique among accreditors, a national authority told the Council at its spring meeting. At the same time, she said, ACEJMC faces many of the same problems and concerns as other accrediting agencies.
Judith Watkins, vice president for accreditation services, Council for Higher Education Accreditation, spoke after observing a day of discussions as the Council made 28 decisions on accreditation status.
Watkins said the public nature of ACEJMC’s process was unique to
this organization. And, she added, she hadn’t seen the same kind
of far-ranging consideration of diversity in other accrediting organizations.
Watkins also discussed accountability, assessment, the potential effects of a reauthorized Higher Education Act and other topics.
For a full summary of Watkins’s address, click here.return to top
The Council voted at its spring meeting to accept an application for membership by the Arthur W. Page Society. It is a membership organization based in New York City for senior public relations and corporate communications executives. The society has not named its representative.
The Council’s membership now includes 15 professional/industry organizations and six educational organizations.
For more information about the Page Society, click here.
The Council accredited two new schools, provisionally accredited one new school, provisionally re-accredited four schools and re-accredited 21 schools at its spring meeting in Cambridge, Mass. The Council now accredits 105 programs in the United States and outside the country.
Initial accreditation after removal of provisional accreditation
Initial provisional accreditation
West Virginia University
National Press Photographers Association
Arthur W. Page Society