Central Michigan University's journalism program has earned full reaccreditation status from the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. CMU is one of only two universities in Michigan to have an accredited journalism program.
The ACEJMC Council unanimously voted to reaccredit CMU. Jiafei Yin, journalism department chairperson, said that the vote speaks to the top-notch caliber of CMU's journalism program.
"Reaccreditation by ACEJMC is a direct reflection on the outstanding quality of our journalism program, our faculty, staff and students, and the quality of our reaccreditation effort," Yin said. "It confers on us a mark of excellence in what we do and is a welcome recognition of all of the hard work by our faculty and the awards and achievements earned by our students."
Full reaccreditation by ACEJMC is a major achievement. In order to earn accredited status, a college or university must meet the ACEJMC Council's criteria for the following nine standards:
- Mission, governance and administration;
- Curriculum and instruction;
- Diversity and inclusiveness;
- Full-time and part-time faculty;
- Scholarship: research, creative and professional activity;
- Student services;
- Resources, facilities and equipment;
- Professional and public service; and,
- Assessment of learning outcomes.
CMU's journalism reaccreditation by ACEJMC is valid for 6 years, until May 2020.
ACEJMC has accredited programs in journalism and mass communications at 119 schools in the U.S., Puerto Rico and internationally in countries including Chile, Mexico, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.
Accredited status is achieved through an intensive process that includes completion and review of an institutional self-study, site visit by the accreditation team, final approval by the ACEJMC Council and submission of annual reports. The council also requires accredited schools to provide retention and graduation data, that must be annually updated, to the public on the school's program website.
"ACEJMC's reaccreditation of our journalism program encourages our professors to work harder and allows us to attract strong candidates to join our faculty ranks," Yin said. "We're very happy that many of our prospective students are already aware of our reaccreditation status, and we want them to know that we're determined to keep it."
The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication is a major international membership organization for academics in the field, offering regional and national conferences and refereed publications. Its council is dedicated to excellence and high standards in professional education in journalism and mass communications, and endorses professional education that recognizes and incorporates technological advances, changing professional and economic practice, and public interests and demands.
Started in 1959, CMU's journalism department has nurtured and prepared more than 2,000 students to uphold the highest standards in professions that shape how the world is viewed. CMU has the only journalism program in Michigan with majors in advertising, journalism, photojournalism and a concentration in public relations.
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The Journalism Hall of Fame was created by the Journalism Alumni Board; the department's faculty; Sue Ann Martin, former dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts; and former CMU president
Michael Rao to honor the tireless efforts of alumni and faculty.
The Lem Tucker scholarship was established in 1996 and is named after CMU alumnus and Saginaw native Lem Tucker, '60, who passed away in 1991, after winning two Emmys and working for three major television networks. The scholarship promotes the participation and success of minorities in journalism.
CMU journalism alumni make up nearly half of the editorial staff of The Flint Journal, which was named Newspaper of the Year by the Michigan Press Association in 2014.
CMU journalism alumnus and Frankfort native Andrew Dost, '05, is keyboardist in the Grammy award-winning band fun. While studying at CMU, Dost was a Centralis Scholar and Honors Program student. He served as CMU's Homecoming Grand Marshal in 2014.