Site-team recommends reaccreditation

A three-member team has recommended that Washington and Lee’s Department of Journalism and Mass Communications be reaccredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.  The recommendation is the first of three steps in the accrediting process. A final decision on the recommendation will be made in early May.

Team members were on campus Oct. 28-31 to meet with students, faculty and administrators, review documents and sit in on classes.  They found the department in compliance on all nine standards required by the council: Mission and Governance; Curriculum and Instruction; Diversity and Inclusiveness; Faculty; Scholarship; Student Services; Resources, Facilities and Equipment; Professional and Public Service; and Assessment of Learning Outcomes.

Washington and Lee’s journalism program has been accredited since 1948.  According to the council, “accreditation serves students, parents, faculty, employers, universities and the public at large. It is intended to ensure continued improvement in the quality of instruction in journalism and mass communications through re-evaluation, including a thorough and useful self-study, at six-year intervals.”

More information about the Accrediting Council may be found here:


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