In October 2012, SJMC underwent accreditation, an extensive review conducted every six years by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC), and was visited by a site team of four journalism educators and professionals. After its review, the site team is recommending full accreditation.
The accreditation process begins with an intensive self-study: a complete evaluation of all the School’s activities throughout a five-year period. The report included detailed information about all facets of SJMC’s undergraduate program and features nine accreditation standards: mission and history; curriculum; diversity and inclusiveness; full and part-time faculty, scholarship and research; student services; resources, facilities and equipment; professional and public service; and assessment of learning outcomes.
This nearly 300-page document (with more than 500 pages in supplemental material) was then sent to ACEJMC and four site team members appointed by the accrediting council in early fall 2012.
The site team, led by Christopher Callahan, dean and university vice provost from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, also included Jan Slater, interim dean for the College of Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Pat Thompson, director of the Student Media Center at the University of Mississippi; and Ward White, strategy officer at Edelman.
During their three-day visit in mid-October, the site team evaluated the School, its programs, faculty and adjunct instructors and the facilities.
In their report, the group cited highly productive research faculty, fully engaged students, professional practicums, a collegial environment among faculty and between students and faculty, impressive facilities and a four-year graduation rate at nearly 80 percent as highlights of the program.
The site team did identify a few areas for improvement including adjunct faculty diversity, a lack of public relations faculty and the need for additional staff support for the tracking of internships and career development.
The site team’s report was presented to the accrediting committee in March 2013 and was accepted by the full accrediting council in May 2013.
Read the site team's final report.