Mass Communication has accreditation reaffirmed

THIBODAUX, La. — The Nicholls State University Mass Communication Department recently had its accreditation reaffirmed by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

The committee’s action followed a report based on an October 2017 visit from a site team that found the department in compliance with all nine accreditation standards.

This is the fourth re-affirmation since the department first received ACEJMC accreditation in 1994, and it is the second consecutive time the site team found the department in compliance with all standards.

“It’s the result of a lot of hard work by the faculty during some trying fiscal times over the past several years,” Mass Communication Department Head James Stewart said.

Since the last site visit, Stewart said the department had done a great deal of work on the curriculum to make it more digitally oriented.

He added that the program, which had continued to make strides forward during multiple years of standstill or reduced budgets, had over the last several years made almost $1 million in improvements and was poised to make additions to its facilities going forward.

Stewart said that the department has already begun to experience enrollment increases, and he expects to see that trend continue as students better understand the potential of a media degree in the digital world.

“I think we are also seeing an uptick here because everyone is just so excited about the potential of the program,” Stewart said.