Journalism school due for reaccreditation

By The Mercury

The AQ Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications in the College of Arts and Sciences at Kansas State University has been recommended for reaccreditation by a site team from the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.

The team visited the campus from Oct. 27-30. It found the school in compliance with all standards except one, assessment.

“This is a testament to the quality of the faculty and students in the school,” said Peter Dorhout, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “This was welcome news given that we have just hired a new director and she had to hit the ground running. We could not have done this without the input from so many of the faculty and staff who contributed to the success of the programs.”

Accreditation by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications is voluntary. Currently, about 110 journalism and mass communication programs are accredited in the U.S., and two programs abroad, in Chile and in Qatar.

Programs are evaluated on nine standards: mission, governance and administration; curriculum and instruction; diversity and inclusiveness; full-time and part-time faculty; scholarship: research, creative and professional activity; student services; resources, facilities and equipment; professional and public service; and assessment of learning outcomes. An accredited program is reviewed every six years.

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