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Friday, May 11, 2007

SSU's mass communications program accredited by ACEJMC

Savannah State University's mass communications program has earned accreditation by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC), the organization that oversees external review and accredits programs for professional education in journalism and mass communications at colleges and universities in the United States.

The announcement was made on May 4, 2007, during the organization's national meeting in Portland, Ore., where the SSU mass communications program was one of 14 to achieve accreditation. The SSU program met the requirements for all nine standards, which range from mission and governance to assessment of learning outcomes.

The SSU mass communications program becomes the second in Georgia to earn approval by the ACEJMC.

While professional accreditation is not required, meeting national standards is considered an important quality benchmark that further defines Savannah State's comparative advantage in the marketplace.

"Te ACEJMC stamp of approval is an assurance of quality to students, parents and the public,"said Jane M.Gates, interim vice president for Academic Affairs. "The accreditation validates that we are offering a degree that is relevant and valuable."

The ACEJMC does not compare or rank programs; instead, each institution?s program is measured on how effectively it meets the goals and challenges identified by the faculty and others when measured against the national standards. For Savannah State, the initial self-examination was a five-year process that will now be reviewed every six years to maintain the ACEJMC accreditation.

At SSU, the mass communications program is one of four undergraduate degree programs that have been designated as Centers of Academic Excellence based on student demand and market relevance. The mass communications program has grown to become one of the five most popular undergraduate study areas based on program enrollment. Students in the mass communications major select one of three concentrations: print journalism, radio/television and public relations/advertising.


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