The W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications was reaccredited for another six-year cycle by Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC). The council vote was the culmination of a yearlong review process. The organization has accredited 119 schools in the United States and outside the country.
Interim President Gary White in a statement offered his congratulations and said, “I was pleased and proud of the impression the SOJMC made on the accreditation team.” The site team report noted a strong reputation and visibility of the program in the Tri-State and beyond, a cohesive student body with a strong work ethic, a passionate and dedicated faculty known for outstanding teaching and an over-achieving student FM radio station as strengths of the program.
The ACEJMC vote followed the submission of a lengthy self-study provided by the SOJMC last fall, a four-day site visit by a five-member team, and review of the site team’s recommendations by ACEJMC’s accrediting committee. The long-standing, systematic, voluntary review process examines curriculum, governance, scholarly and creative productivity, diversity, faculty, student services, resources, professional and public service activity, and assessment. A favorable vote from ACEJMC is intended to reflect quality assurance for journalism and mass communications programs.
The W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications has been accredited since 1976. School director Janet Dooley said, “Getting there was challenging, but we respect external review, we appreciate feedback and we’re proud to continue the tradition.”