By AFRO Staff
The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC) voted unanimously to grant Morgan State University’s School of Global Journalism and Communication (SGJC) full accreditation, a first for the school since its launch in 2013.
The vote makes Morgan only the second university in the State of Maryland to have an accredited school of journalism, a distinction that means compliance with nine universally recognized standards. There are now 118 schools accredited by ACEJMC among the estimated 500 colleges and universities worldwide that offer academic programs in journalism and mass communications. Morgan’s accreditation is valid for a term of six years. Dr. David Wilson, president of Morgan State University told the AFRO, “This international accreditation raises our profile and competitive advantage significantly, as it positions Morgan’s School of Global Journalism and Communication to be included among a select number of recognized institutions around the world.”
A student in the School of Global Journalism and Communication (SGJC) at Morgan State University. (Photo courtesy of Morgan State University)
SGJC’s accreditation has been more than a year in the making. In February of this year, an ACEJMC team visited the campus over a four-day period for a review of the school, and to conduct in-depth interviews, with faculty, students and members of the school’s board of visitors. In its concluding report, the four-member site visit team found SGJC to be in compliance with all nine accrediting standards and offered the following assessment: “Members of the team have done many accreditation reviews in the U.S. and abroad, and the creation and improvement of this school has to be among a handful of the best achievements in the last 20 years.”
SGJC offers degree programs in Multimedia Journalism, Multiplatform Production and Strategic Communication. The school has 23 faculty members and currently serves 414 students. Since its inception, SGJC has awarded a total of 486 degrees. “We proudly embrace this milestone moment and look forward to continuing to produce proficient industry-ready graduates as well as attract new Morganites who aspire to meet the high standards that our newly accredited school affirms,” Dr. Wilson said.
Morgan now ranks 13 nationwide and first in Maryland in the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to African Americans in journalism and communications-related programs.