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UK Journalism School Receives Reaccreditation

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Photo of the Grehan Building, home of UK's School of Journalism and Telecommunications
The Grehan Building, home of UK's School of Journalism and Telecommunications

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The unanimous stamp of approval by the accrediting panel came after a yearlong self-study by the UK school’s faculty and staff and a four-day inspection last fall by a team of educators from several collegiate journalism schools in America. Accreditation is based on compliance with standards in such areas as quality of faculty, instruction, scholarship and public service.

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May 28, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- The University of Kentucky’s School of Journalism and Telecommunications has been reaccredited for another six years by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.

The journalism school is a part of the UK College of Communications and Information Studies.

The unanimous stamp of approval by the accrediting panel came after a yearlong self-study by the UK school’s faculty and staff and a four-day inspection last fall by a team of educators from several collegiate journalism schools in America. Accreditation is based on compliance with standards in such areas as quality of faculty, instruction, scholarship and public service.

A report by the visiting team of journalism educators said that “a student-centered culture pervades the (UK) school.” The team’s report also said members were “impressed with the important role the School is playing, especially in the Commonwealth, in advancing the public discussion of journalism and the First Amendment.”

“We’re very pleased with the reaccreditation and the recognition and affirmation that it gives to the quality of our program,” said Richard Wilson, interim director of the journalism school, which enrolled nearly 430 students during the recently completed spring semester.


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