Actions taken by Accrediting Council at April 30-May 1 meeting

News Release -- May 10, 2010

Lawrence, Kan. -- Peter Bhatia, editor of The Oregonian in Portland, was re-elected president of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC) at the Council’s meeting April 30-May 1 in Arlington, Va. Doug Anderson, dean of the College of Communications at Pennsylvania State University, was elected vice president.

Carla Lloyd, professor, School of Communications, Syracuse University, was elected chair of the Accrediting Committee. Will Norton, dean of the Edwin and Becky Meek School of Journalism and New Media at the University of Mississippi, was elected vice chair.

ACEJMC accredited one new school and made 26 reaccreditation decisions. The communication department at Buffalo State College in Buffalo, N.Y., received initial accreditation.

The Council elected three new members and re-elected two members to three-year terms on its Accrediting Committee. Susan Goldberg, editor of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, and Rose Jackson Flenorl, manager, social responsibility for FedEx, were re-elected. New members elected were Ron Culp, Ketchum partner and managing director in Chicago, and Trevor Brown, assistant dean of curriculum affairs, Graduate School of Journalism, and dean emeritus, School of Journalism, Indiana University. Charlotte Hall, senior vice president and editor, Orlando Sentinel, was elected to complete the one-year unexpired term for David Boardman, editor of The Seattle Times. Beginning in the fall, Boardman will become the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) representative on the Council.

Bhatia appointed Scott Bosley, former ASNE executive director, to a three-year term as one of the Council’s public members. The Council now accredits 113 schools in the United States and outside the country. ACEJMC conducts voluntary reviews for schools with professional journalism and mass communications programs.

The undergraduate programs at the following schools were removed from provisional reaccreditation and received full reaccreditation: department of journalism at San Francisco State University; School of Journalism at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale; and the department of journalism at Temple University.

The following schools received provisional reaccreditation for their undergraduate programs: department of journalism, University of Alaska, Fairbanks; the department of journalism and mass communication at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University; and the department of journalism at University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.

The Council also reaccredited the undergraduate and graduate programs at the following schools: Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland; School of Communication, University of Miami; department of journalism and media studies, University of South Florida, St Petersburg; Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University; S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University; Mayborn School of Journalism, University of North Texas; J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication, Marquette University.

The following schools received reaccreditation for their undergraduate programs: department of journalism, Ball State University; Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, Iowa State University; Schieffer School of Journalism, Texas Christian University; Walter J. Lemke department of journalism, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; School of Mass Communications and Journalism, University of Southern Mississippi; department of journalism, California State University, Chico; department of journalism, California State University, Northridge; John H. Johnson School of Communications, Howard University; department of journalism and mass communications, Murray State University; School of Journalism, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile; P.I. Reed School of Journalism, West Virginia University; department of journalism and public relations, Bowling Green State University; and the School of Journalism and Broadcasting, Western Kentucky University.

The Council’s fall meeting will be Friday, Aug. 27, in Chicago at the Westin Hotel on Michigan Avenue. For additional information about Council meetings and activities, contact Susanne Shaw, executive director, Stauffer-Flint Hall, 1435 Jayhawk Blvd., University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045. Telephone: 785-864-3986, e-mail:

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