ACEJMC Ascent newsletter

Accrediting Committee to meet March 24
at the Westin Chicago River North Hotel

The Accrediting Committee will meet Saturday, March 24, in the Grant-Lincoln Room of the Westin Chicago River North Hotel, 320 N. Dearborn St. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. and will end at approximately 5 p.m.

You may make hotel reservations by calling 312-329-7000 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. When you call, ask for the Accrediting Committee rooms. The operator will answer as the Sheraton-Westin River North. This is the best number to call for reservations. You can also call 800-937-8461, a Westin Hotel number, anytime. If you tell them the rate plan ID (17843) and the nights you want, it will be easier to find the Accrediting Committee listing.

Deadline for reservations is Friday, March 2. Rate per night is $169 plus tax.

The notebooks with the site team reports and the meeting agenda will be sent to Accrediting Committee members Wednesday, March 14, by FedEx second-day service. If you want your notebook sent to an address other than the one listed in the current booklet, please contact Cheryl at or call 785-864-3973.

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Council to Meet May 4-5 in Portland to Make Accreditation Decisions

The Accrediting Council will meet May 4-5 in Portland, Ore. The Council will make accreditation decisions on Friday, May 4, and conduct other business on Saturday morning, May 5. The Saturday meeting will end no later than noon. Hotel and other meeting information will be sent in early March.

Rooms for Council members are reserved for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at the Westin Hotel in Portland. The rate is $99 per night.

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President Keyes Appoints Nominations Committee

Accrediting Council President Saundra Keyes appointed the following to the Nominations Committee: Will Norton, dean, College of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Nebraska, chair; Paul Parsons, professor and dean, School of Communications, Elon University, Elon N.C., and Connie Frazier, executive vice president, Mosaic Center and Educational Services, Washington, DC, and representing the American Advertising Federation (AAF). The Nominations Committee will recommend to the Council for approval at the May meeting a candidate for president and vice president and members of the Accrediting Committee.

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2007– 2008 site visit schedule

The Council will send 16 site-visit teams to schools in the 2007– 2008 academic year. Schools marked with an asterisk are seeking accreditation for the first time; the rest seek re-accreditation. In addition, five schools are scheduled for revisits in 2007-08. Those schools are Auburn University, Florida A&M University, New York University, Southern University and Winston-Salem State University.

Visit Date
Oct. 14-17
Michigan State University
Temple University
Oct. 21-24
*Buffalo State College
University of Alaska Anchorage
Oct. 28-31
Kansas State University
Oklahoma State University
Nov. 4-7
*Roosevelt University
Nov. 11-14
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Jan. 27-30
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Indiana University
Feb. 3-6
San Jose State University
*Jacksonville (Ala.) State University
Hofstra University
Feb. 10-13
San Francisco State University
University of Tennessee at Martin
University of Nevada, Reno

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Dean of the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism,
University of Nevada, Reno, Dies in Car Accident

Cole Campbell, 53, dean of the journalism school at the University of Nevada, Reno, was killed Jan. 5 in a car accident in Reno. Campbell, a former editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va., became dean of the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism in July 2004.

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Member and program updates

Paula Furr, who was acting head of the Department of Journalism, Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA, is now head.

Dorothy Bland is the new director of the Division of Journalism, Florida A& M University. She can be reached a

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Meetings calendar

Accrediting Committee
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Westin Chicago River North Hotel
320 N. Dearborn St.
Chicago, Ill.

Accrediting Council
Friday and Saturday, May 4-5, 2007
Westin Hotel
750 SW Alder St.
Portland, Ore. 97205

Accrediting Council
Friday, August 31, 2007
Westin Hotel
909 N. Michagan Ave.
Chicago, Ill.

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Newsletter of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications

Vol. 14, No. 1, February 2007

President, Accrediting Council
Saundra Keyes
Reynolds School of Journalism
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557-0040
(775) 784-4155; Fax (775) 784-6656

Vice President, Accrediting Council
Will Norton
Dean, College of Journalism and
Mass Communications
University of Nebraska
Lincoln, NE 68588-0443
(402) 472-3041; Fax (402) 472-8597

Chair, Accrediting Committee
Tom Kunkel
Philip Merrill College of Journalism
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
(301) 405-2383; Fax (301) 314-1978

Vice Chair, Accrediting Committee
Pam Luecke
Donald W. Reynolds Professor of Business Journalism
Department of Journalism and Mass Communications
Washington and Lee University
Lexington, VA 24450
(540) 458-8435; Fax (540)458-8845

Executive Director
Susanne Shaw
Stauffer-Flint Hall
1435 Jayhawk Blvd.
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045 - 7575
(785) 864-3986

Publications Editor
Kara Lynch
Stauffer-Flint Hall
1435 Jayhawk Blvd.
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045 - 7575
(785) 864-7640

Office Manager
Cheryl Klug
Stauffer-Flint Hall
1435 Jayhawk Blvd.
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045 - 7575
(785) 864-3973

Council Website:

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