The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC) recently re-accredited the Department of Communication at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
The Council made accreditation decisions for 21 schools and now accredits 112 in the United States and one outside the country. The Council conducts voluntary reviews for schools with professional journalism and mass communications programs.
“The stamp of approval from the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC) indicates that the UTC communication department meets the basic nine standards of quality,” said Dr. Kittrell Rushing, head of the Department of Communication. “To repeat a now much overused cliché, it does ‘take a village’ to meet the standards of accreditation quality.”
Rushing, who has served as department head for nearly 18 years, will step aside from that position next month.
“I sincerely cherish the support over my time as the department head from students, faculty, alumni, and professionals,” Rushing said. “WE have taken what was 18 years ago a small, unaccredited program with big dreams to a program, accredited, and recognized nationally as one of the better state university small programs.”
UTC’s communication curriculum prepares students to enter the professions related to journalism and mass communication. Through training in the liberal arts and sciences coupled with professional skills development, the program provides a foundation for success in an ethnically diverse and culturally varied environment.
For more information about Department of Communication, visit the website or call (423) 425-4400.
First row, left to right: Elizabeth Gailey, Betsy Alderman, Beka Bromley, Charlene Simmons, Kelly Griffin. Back, left to right: David Sachsman, Kit Rushing (not present for the photograph is Felicia McGhee-Hilt).
UTC communication students with Scrappy.