Journalism Department Re-applies for Accreditation

The Cal Poly Journalism Department is applying for accreditation through the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC). The process will be carried out over the course of two years.

By Olivia Nelson

The process has four stages. The first is a self study, a detailed examination of the department and its compliance to nine standards: mission, governance and administration; curriculum and instruction; diversity and inclusiveness; faculty; scholarship; student services; resources, facilities and equipment; professional and public service; and assessment of learning outcomes.

The second stage will begin in the 2019-20 academic year, when a team of educators and professionals will visit the campus to meet with faculty, administrators and students, assess the department and its program, and file a report. Following the visit, the national Accrediting Committee will review the report and vote to either recommend or not recommend the department for accreditation. Then, in April 2020, the national Accrediting Council will review the recommendation and take final action.

ACEJMC is responsible for accrediting journalism programs nationally and internationally. There are currently 112 fully accredited programs. Cal Poly Journalism has not been accredited since 2002.

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