A three-member site team for the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications recommended Jan. 24 that the UA School of Journalism be re-accredited for its experienced faculty, tight-knit students, out-of-class opportunities and strong internship program.
The school has been nationally accredited every six years since 1964, but this is the first time in 30 years that the school has earned re-accreditation without failing any of the nine key standards. In 2012 the school failed the assessment standard, but has since focused on measuring student success and passed the standard this year with strong praise from the site team.
About a quarter of all journalism programs are nationally accredited, and of those, about half pass without a failed standard, placing the school in about the top 10 percent of journalism programs in the nation.
“This is a result of hard work by faculty over the past several decades in building and improving the program,” school Director David Cuillier (left) said. “Students and alumni can feel proud to be a part of one of the best journalism programs in the country.”
The national council will consider officially approving the re-accreditation recommendation on April 28. More about the re-accreditation process is provided at the school website, including the self-study outlining strengths and weaknesses.
The site team included (photo above, from left) Dr. Marie Hardin of Penn State, Dr. George Daniels of Alabama and Mike Philipps, retired president and CEO of the Scripps Howard Foundation. They visited with students, faculty, staff and UA administrators, including President Robert Robbins.
In a Jan. 28 tweet, Robbins congratulated the J-school, saying it has a "bright future." Robbins plans to visit the school this spring.
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