All concentrations in Mass Communication at ETSU have lost accreditation.
Programs in the department include Advertising/Public Relations, Journalism, and Radio-TV-Film.
The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications did not reaccredit the program.
We've learned three reason were given for the change, including the way the department does assessments to show it is meeting standards, how the program is addressing diversity issues, and the Mass Communication department not operating as an independent unit, rather than part of the Department of Communications.
The Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Gordon Anderson says this change will not impact students in the department. "I don't think students are going to see any difference whatsoever. We will have the same faculty teaching the same classes, the facilities in the department are outstanding and they will continue to have access to the same facilities that they had," he said.
We're told about one-quarter of all Mass Communication programs across the country are accredited.
The department has not decided if they'll reapply for accreditation when eligible in two years.