“Re-accreditation is validation that our media programs are among the best in the country,” said Dean Maryanne Reed. “I’m proud of the excellent work done by our faculty to ensure we are providing students with a high-quality, relevant education.”
ACEJMC is responsible for evaluation of professional journalism and mass communications programs in colleges and universities. It accredits just a small number of programs in the United States, as well as a few international programs.
The listing of a college or university as accredited indicates that it has been judged by ACEJMC to meet its standards, which include academic rigor of curriculum, quality of faculty and facilities, scholarship and service outreach and commitment to diversity.
The judgment to reaccredit is rendered after a self-study is prepared by the faculty and administration of the unit and evaluated by an external site team made up of educators and practitioners.
“The College of Media prepares our students to work and serve in an increasingly globalized world,” said WVUProvost Joyce McConnell. “This reaccreditation confirms the high caliber of the education that the College provides. In classrooms, production studios, and cutting-edge facilities like our new Media Innovation Center, we are training the journalists and media experts of the future.”
ACEJMC Council members voted on May 6 to reaccredit the College of Media, based on the Accrediting Committee’s recommendations and the site team report. A site team visit is scheduled every six years to repeat the process. The College is accredited through the 2020-21 academic year.