Accreditation Celebration

The team watches the school's video at the start of the visit

For three days, a national accrediting team walked the halls of the School of Communications, visiting classes, interviewing faculty, hearing students, and delving deeply into our self-study.

Today, they presented President Lambert a 49-page report that refers to the growth in the School’s quality and quantity as “nothing short of spectacular,” citing talented faculty, enthusiastic students and an innovative leadership team as keys to building “a positive educational environment … with an exemplary culture of collegiality.”

The team’s findings: Compliance on all standards and a recommendation for full reaccreditation of the undergraduate program and initial accreditation of the three-year-old graduate program.

Penn State Dean Doug Anderson presents the report to me

While this is the outcome we worked toward and expected, we still celebrated knowing that leading educators and professionals from all over the country were impressed at what they found at Elon. You can read their summary of School strengths and challenges here.

National accreditation is the highest benchmark of program quality. In our discipline, this evaluation comes from the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC).

Elon is one of only 18 private universities with an accredited communications school, along with Columbia, Syracuse, Northwestern, Miami, Southern Cal and Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. In all, 112 colleges and universities in the world have an accredited communications program.

The team’s recommendations will be formally acted upon by the Accrediting Council next April.

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