New public member appointed
Reginald (Reggie) Robinson, president and chief executive officer of the Kansas Board of Regents since 2002, has been appointed to the Accrediting Council as a public member. President Peter Bhatia announced the appointment in September. Robinson will serve a three-year term. He replaces Peggy Dotson whose term expired in May.
The Board of Regents governs the state's six universities and coordinates those institutions, as well as community colleges, technical schools and colleges and a municipal university.
Robinson returned to the University of Kansas in 1998 after five years with the U.S. Department of Justice. In 1999, President Clinton appointed him to the President's Commission on White House Fellowships, where he served for two years as the Commission's youngest member.
He joined the Justice Department in 1993 as a White House Fellow, and in that capacity served as a special assistant to Attorney General Janet Reno.
Robinson received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Kansas, where he was student body vice president, president of the Kansas Union Board of Directors, and editor in chief of the Kansas Law Review.
American Journalism Historian Association new member
The Accrediting Council approved the American Journalism Historian Association (AJHA) as a new member effective with the May meeting. After the Council approval, AJHA had to approve joining the Council, which it did earlier this month.
AJHA members are college faculty who teach history. Kathy Bradshaw of Bowling Green State University will be the Council's representative.
Finance committee appointed
Jerry Ceppos has been named chair of the Council's Finance Committee. Other members appointed by President Peter Bhatia are John Paluszek, Christine Harris and Hubert Brown. Bhatia and Susanne Shaw will be ex-officio members. The committee plans to meet before the May 2-3 Council meeting in Washington, D.C.
Jeff Cohen elected to Accrediting Committee
Jeff Cohen, editor of the Houston Chronicle, was elected in the summer to replace Rick Rodriguez on the Council's Accrediting Committee. During the summer, ASNE appointed Rodriguez to replace Peter Bhatia as its representative. Cohen's contact information: 801 Texas St., Houston, TX 77002; telephone: 713 362-7171; E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org .
ACEJMC discusses National Research Council changes
Tim Gleason, who represents ASJMC, presented a report on the National Research Council (NRC) at ACEJMC's fall meeting Aug. 31 in Chicago.
Gleason discussed how the NRC could affect schools seeking accreditation or re-accreditation. He said that NRC had had two previous surveys designed to help universities improve doctoral programs. In the previous studies, journalism was not included because it was professional. Communication was included in assessment study designed to evaluate research productivity by faculty members.
He said that there was concern about how the inclusion of journalism would affect our programs. He said that most of our work would not be judged well against NRC criteria. Gleason also said that NRC results would have an effect on resource allocation and that tension would exist between NRC and the ACEJMC accrediting process.
Some Council members were concerned that NRC rankings could affect hiring in the next 10 years and that programs would be required to raise more private dollars. Another concern was that the NRC would not recognize most of the journalism and mass communications journals.
President Peter Bhatia said that it was important to have an articulation of ACEJMC's purpose and the impact on the world of work.
In other business at the Council meeting in Chicago, Executive Director Susanne Shaw discussed ACEJMC's eligibility requirements and how these requirements affected international programs seeking ACEJMC's accreditation. She said that the statement in the eligibility requirements that "ACEJMC will not evaluate units within institutions that are not recognized by a regional or nationally recognized agency" restricted international programs.
Council members approved adding the language "where such a body exists" at the end of the sentence concerning regional or nationally recognized agencies.
Former presidents write guide for new members
Two former Council presidents are writing a guide for new Council members. Jerry Ceppos, who now represents the Newspaper Association of America Foundation, and immediate past president Saundra Keyes, are writing a booklet titled "An Unofficial Guide for New Members."
Representatives of member organizations were asked to send Ceppos information about their organizations.
The guide will be sent to all Council members before the end of the year.
Nineteen participate in training workshop
Nineteen participants attended a site team training workshop Oct. 20-21 in Arlington, Va. They were recommended by Council members or had expressed an interest in being considered for an accreditation visit.
Susanne Shaw said that all site team members needed to participate in a training session before being considered as a team member. She said that participants for this program were from the eastern part of the United States. Another session will be Nov. 1-2, 2008, in Portland, Ore., for those in the western part of the country.
Trevor Brown, Accrediting Committee member, Pam Luecke, vice chair of the Accrediting Committee, Doug Anderson, former chair of the Accrediting Committee and a Council member, Caesar Andrews, former Council and Committee member, and Shaw conducted the training.
Sessions were on how to read the self-study, making accreditation decisions, how to write the report and the role of the Council, Committee and team chair.
Site Team Training Workshop
President, Accrediting Council
Vice President, Accrediting Council
Chair, Accrediting Committee
Vice Chair, Accrediting Committee