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Journalism Department Recommended for Re-Accreditation

OCT. 30, 2006--Following two days of interviews with faculty, staff and students at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, three academic program evaluators representing the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC) recommended re-accreditation for the journalism program.

The ACEJMC site-visit team based their decision on the faculty's commitment to teaching excellence and university service as well as passionate students and well-run student media.

"The unit has high-quality students who have a sense of career aspirations in journalism," the report stated. "Many of them chose the University as transfer students for its journalism program, small size, faculty involvement with students, and immediate access to working on the student media."

The team described the faculty as "hard-working members who spend a great deal of time outside of class working with students, advising the student media, and providing university service."

The team's recommendation will be forwarded to an accrediting committee, which will review the report and send its recommendation to the full ACEJMC council. The final decision will be made in May.  

"Obviously, we're very pleased with the team's report," said Colleen Callahan, department chair. "It reaffirms our mission and focus. Outside reviews are extremely important, not only to assess the present, but to help guide us toward the future."

Team members were Dan Lattimore (team chair), vice provost of extended programs and dean of the University College at the University of Memphis; Paul Smeyak, professor and graduate coordinator at the School of Journalism and Broadcasting at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla.; and Carolina Gonzalez, a consultant and freelance reporter from Brooklyn, NY.

The department, which has been accredited since 1982, undergoes the re-accreditation process every six years.

"[It is] hard work in preparing for this important process," said Terry Brown, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. "I want to extend a special congratulations and thanks to all of the journalism faculty and Colleen for her leadership."  


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