Vol. 16 #1, Feb. 2009

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Accrediting Committee to meet in Chicago

Twenty-three schools and one re-visit will be reviewed at the Accrediting Committee meeting Saturday and Sunday, March 14-15, in Chicago at the Westin Hotel, 909 N. Michigan Ave. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday in the hotel’s Mayfair Room and adjourn by 4:30 p.m. The meeting resumes Sunday and will end by noon.

Following is the review schedule. This schedule is tentative because it is impossible to know
the length of discussion for each school.


Saturday, March 14
1. Arkansas State University -- Joe Foote
2. Fla. International University -- Doug Anderson
3. University of North Carolina -- Tom Kunkel
4. University of Southern Ind. -- Saundra Keyes
5. University of South Dakota -- Charles Edwards
6. University of Oklahoma -- Paul Parsons
7. University of Wis.-Eau Claire -- Paul Parsons
8. Central Michigan University -- Beth Barnes
9. Marshall University -- Barbara Hines
10. Jackson State University -- Barbara Hines
11. Baylor University -- Jerry Ceppos
12. Brigham Young University -- Beth Barnes
13. University of Kentucky -- Richard Cole
14. University of Washington -- Will Norton
15. Winthrop University -- Paul Voakes
16. Iona College -- Judy Turk
17. Texas State-San Marcos -- Dulcie Straughan

Sunday, March 15
1. American University -- Carla Lloyd
2. University of Alabama -- Carla Lloyd
3. University of Wis.-River Falls -- Trevor Brown
4. University of Connecticut -- Trevor Brown
5. San Diego State University -- Trevor Brown
6. California State Univ., Fullerton -- Trevor Brown
7. Kent State University -- Pam Luecke
8. University of Texas -- Pam Luecke

Two new Council members named

Diana Rios and Sheri Broyles were appointed by AEJMC to serve as its representatives to the Accrediting Council. They will replace Hubert Brown and Fred Blevens, whose terms expire with the May meeting. Rios is an associate professor for the University of Connecticut’s department of communication sciences. Broyles is an associate professor in the department of journalism at the University of North Texas. Broyles and Rios both will serve three-year terms on the Council, effective with the August meeting.

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Cochran to retire from RTNDA

Accrediting Council member Barbara Cochran will retire in June as president of the Radio-Television News Directors Association. During her 12-year tenure at RTNDA, Cochran has championed First Amendment rights of electronic journalists and upheld standards of ethics and excellence in the industry. Before joining RTNDA in 1997, Cochran was Washington bureau chief for CBS News, the first woman to hold that position for a television network. She also has been executive producer of Meet the Press, vice president for news at National Public Radio and managing editor of the Washington Star. Cochran will continue as an Accrediting Council member through 2010 and plans to continue with RTNDA as a consultant in the role of president emeritus.

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Member and program updates

Effective Jan. 1, Southeast Missouri State University department of communication became
two departments: communication studies and mass media. Stuart Towns is chair of the new communication studies department. Tamara Baldwin will serve as interim chair of the new mass media department. A search is under way for a full-time chair.

Jeff Fruit has been named interim dean of the College of Communication and Information at
Kent State University, replacing Jim Gaudino, who is now president of Central Washington University. Greg Blase has been named interim director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

John Lumpkin, Associated Press vice president for U.S. and Latin American newspaper markets, will become director June 1 of the Schieffer School of Journalism at Texas Christian University, replacing interim director John R. Tisdale.

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Workshop participants

The group of 26 workshop participants, which included professionals and journalism educators, was given
an overview of the site team visit process and guidelines for assessing the nine standards.

Site-team training workshop held in Portland

Participation by professionals and journalism educators at a site team training workshop helped accentuate the overall message: It’s the synergy of both groups that leads to successful site team visits.

The 26 participants at the ACEJMC-sponsored workshop Nov. 8-9 in Portland were given an overview of how a site team operates. The training emphasized how each individual team member contributes to the team’s success.

The teams are a “blend of expertise, talent and balance that make the visits work,’’ Accrediting Council member Doug Anderson said, adding that educators can bring an insight into faculty governance and the tenure process. “They understand the structure. They have a sort of sixth sense about faculty dynamics.” Anderson, dean of the College of Communications at Pennsylvania State University, is an Accrediting Council member and has served as team chair on many site visits.

Peter Bhatia, president of the Accrediting Council, told professionals to rely on their strong journalism skills to help bring “depth and context” to the team report.

“Professionals bring strong, trained, question-asking skills to the team,’’ Bhatia said. “Use those skills. Report, report, report.” Bhatia is executive editor of The Oregonian and has served on
several site teams.

Trevor Brown, Accrediting Committee member, reminded both professions of the importance
of bringing their analytic thinking skills and expertise to the table – and leaving any biases or prejudices at the door.

Other presenters were Pam Luecke, vice chair of the Accrediting Committee; Jerry Ceppos,
former Council president; and ACEJMC Executive Director Susanne Shaw.

Speakers also provided insight on how to assess each of the nine standards, specifics on how to
write a team report, and the process of how the report moves from the team to the Accrediting Committee and Council.

Workshop participants were recommended by Council members or had expressed an interest in
being considered for a site team. Shaw said the workshop is necessary to become a site team member.

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Meetings calendar

Accrediting Council
May 1-2
Westin Hotel

August 28
Westin Hotel on Michigan Avenue

Accrediting Committee
March 13-14, 2010
Westin Hotel on Michigan Avenue

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2009–2010 site visit schedule

The Council will send 26 site teams to schools in the 2009–10 academic year.
Schools marked with an asterisk seek initial accreditation. In addition, four schools will have re-visits.

Visit Date
Oct. 11-14

University of Alaska Fairbanks
Louisiana State University
Syracuse University
University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh

Oct. 18-21

Bowling Green State University
Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

Oct. 25-28

California State University, Chico
Murray State University
Iowa State University

Nov. 1-4
Northwestern State University (La.)
University of North Texas
West Virginia University
Nov. 15-18
North Carolina A&T State University
Howard University
Dec. 6-9

University of Southern Mississippi

Jan. 24-27
University of South Florida, St. Petersburg
University of Miami
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Jan. 31-Feb. 3
Texas Christian University
Marquette University
*Central State University (Ohio)
Feb. 7-10

Ball State University
Western Kentucky University

Feb. 21-24
California State University, Northridge
*Tecnologico de Monterrey
University of Maryland
San Francisco State University
Buffalo State College
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Temple University

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Newsletter of the Accrediting Council on Education
Journalism and Mass Communications

Vol. 16, No. 1, February 2009

President, Accrediting Council
Peter Bhatia
Executive Editor, The Oregonian
1320 S.W. Broadway
Portland, OR 97201
(503) 221-8393; Fax (503) 294-5012
E-mail: pbhatia@news.oregonian.com

Vice President, Accrediting Council
Jannette Dates
Dean, John H. Johnson School of Communications
525 Bryant St. NW
Howard University
Washington, D.C. 20059
(202) 806-7694; Fax (202) 232-8040
e-mail: jdates@howard.edu

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
e-mail: lueckep@wlu.edu

Vice Chair, Accrediting Committee
Carla Lloyd
Associate Dean of Scholarly & Creative Activity
School of Public Communications
Syracuse University
215 University Place
Syracuse, NY 13244-2100
(315) 443-2305; Fax (315) 443-3946
e-mail: cvlloyd@syr.edu

Executive Director
Susanne Shaw
Stauffer-Flint Hall
1435 Jayhawk Blvd.
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045 - 7575
(785) 864-3986
e-mail: sshaw@ku.edu

Assistant to the Executive Director
Cindy Reinardy
Stauffer-Flint Hall
1435 Jayhawk Blvd.
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045 - 7575
(785) 864-7640
e-mail: creinardy@ku.edu

Office Staff
Cheryl Klug
Stauffer-Flint Hall
1435 Jayhawk Blvd.
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045 - 7575
(785) 864-3973
e-mail: cklug@ku.edu


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