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ACEJMC News Release: May 10, 2005

Lawrence, Kan. -- The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC) accredited three new schools at its May 6 - 7 meeting in Portland, Ore. The Council also initiated an examination of ethics education in journalism and mass communications.

Newly accredited schools were the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, North Carolina A&T State University; the Mass Communications Department, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville; and the Department of Communication, Southeast Missouri State University. North Carolina A&T received provisional accreditation last year.

A 10-member Ethics Committee, recently appointed by Council President Saundra Keyes, will distribute a questionnaire to accredited schools. The questionnaire will inventory current practices in the teaching of ethics. The committee will present information for discussion at the Council's fall meeting.

The Council elected two new members, and re-elected three current members, to three-year terms on its Accrediting Committee. New members are John Frazee, senior vice president, CBS New Services, and Dulcie Straughan, associate professor, School of Journalism, University of North Carolina. Re-elected members are Peter Bhatia, executive editor, The Oregonian , Patricia Dean, associate director, Annenberg School of Journalism, University of Southern California, and Pam Luecke, professor, Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, Washington and Lee University.

The Council made accreditation decisions for 25 schools and now accredits 107 schools in the United States and one outside the country. The Council conducts voluntary reviews for schools with professional journalism and mass communications programs.

The Department of Communication, University of Utah, received provisional re-accreditation. The Council grants provisional status when it identifies weaknesses that can be corrected in one year.

All four schools that received provisional re-accreditation last year were granted full re-accreditation. They were: the Department of Journalism, Bowling Green State University; the Department of Journalism, University of North Texas; the School of Mass Communication and Journalism, University of Southern Mississippi; and the Department of Journalism, Texas Christian University.

The Council also re-accredited the following 17 schools: Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University; School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Colorado; Department of Journalism and Technical Communication, Colorado State University; School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Drake University; Department of Mass Communication, Grambling State University; School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Iowa; William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Kansas; College of Mass Communication, Middle Tennessee State University; Department of Journalism, University of Mississippi; School of Journalism, University of Missouri; Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, New Mexico State University; Department of Communications and Journalism, Norfolk State University; Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University; School of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of South Carolina; School of Journalism, University of Southern California; Department of Mass Communications, St. Cloud State University; College of Communication and Information, University of Tennessee.

The Council's fall meeting will be Friday, Sept. 2, at the Westin Hotel on Michigan Avenue, Chicago. Anyone wanting additional information about Council activities may contact Susanne Shaw, ACEJMC executive director, Stauffer-Flint Hall, 1435 Jayhawk Blvd., University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045-7575. tel.: 785-864-3986   e-mail: sshaw@ku.edu

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Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications

May 6 - 7, 2005 Portland, Ore.
Summary of accrediting actions

Initial accreditation

Mass Communications Department, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
Department of Communication, Southeast Missouri State University

Initial accreditation after removal of provisional accreditation

Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, North Carolina A&T State University

Provisional re-accreditation

Department of Communication, University of Utah

Re-accreditation after removal of provisional accreditation

Department of Journalism, Bowling Green State University
Department of Journalism, University of North Texas
School of Mass Communication and Journalism, University of Southern Mississippi;
Department of Journalism, Texas Christian University

Re-accreditation

Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University
School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Colorado
Department of Journalism and Technical Communication, Colorado State University
School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Drake University
Department of Mass Communication, Grambling State University
School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Iowa
William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Kansas
College of Mass Communication, Middle Tennessee State University
Department of Journalism, University of Mississippi
School of Journalism, University of Missouri
Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, New Mexico State University
Department of Communications and Journalism, Norfolk State University
Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University
School of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of South Carolina
School of Journalism, University of Southern California
Department of Mass Communications, St. Cloud State University
College of Communication and Information, University of Tennessee


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