At its May 3 meeting in Phoenix, the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications voted 24-0 to re-accredit the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at Washington and Lee University.
The department is one of only 110 accredited journalism and mass communications programs in the United States, only 17 of which are at private institutions. W&L’s is the only accredited program at a highly selective liberal arts college; it has been an accredited program since 1948.
According to the accrediting council’s website, “Accreditation provides an assurance of quality to students, parents, and the public. In the accrediting process, the performance of educational units is measured against national standards.”
Accredited programs undergo rigorous review by outside evaluators every six years. W&L’s site visit took place in October and the site team found the program in compliance on all nine standards. The team’s recommendation for re-accreditation was upheld by the Accrediting Committee of the council at a meeting in Chicago March 16.
Friday’s action by the full council is the final step in the re-accreditation process. For more information about accreditation, see: http://www2.ku.edu/~acejmc/