The Accrediting Council On Education In Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC) has accredited West Virginia University’s P.I. Reed School of Journalism for another six years.

“The School is proud to have again achieved accreditation by ACEJMC ,”said former Dean Christine Martin, who shepherded the school through the accrediting process.”By receiving this approval, we continue to offer our students the highest quality journalism education in the most stimulating, demanding and nurturing environment.”

Being approved by its designated accrediting body means that a professional school has met the highest standards set for education in its field. Students who attend accredited schools know that they are receiving innovative classes, in state-of-the-art facilities, taught by highly qualified faculty in a culture that encourages critical thinking, teamwork and diversity.

An accrediting site team visited the school in fall 2003 to review records, interview faculty and students, talk to alumni and to examine curriculum. The team gave kudos to the school’s innovative curriculum, it strong alumni relations, its solid record of public service, its dedicated faculty and its comprehensive assessment plan.

In March, the ACEJMC ’s Accrediting Committee voted unanimously to recommend to the council that the school be reaccredited. The council reviewed the team report and the committee’s recommendation this weekend and approved the accreditation.