The University of New Mexico Department of Communication & Journalism has been reaccredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, making the department multimedia journalism and strategic communication concentrations among the 108 accredited programs.

The council made its decision recently when it met in Arlington, Va. Multimedia Lecturer Lillian Kelly represented the department at last week’s meeting.

ACEJMC accreditation is a six-year process that culminates in a yearlong effort to draft a self-study, host an evaluation team and attend preliminary ACEJMC meetings in Chicago. The council evaluates programs based on ACEJMC Standards, including administrative competence, curriculum and instruction, facilities and equipment, scholarship and creative activity, professional and public service, assessment procedures and program diversity.

Communication & Journalism chair Karen Foss said, “Right now, we’re the only accredited program in the state of New Mexico."

Fewer than 25 percent of the 450 colleges and universities offering formal programs in journalism and mass communications are accredited, according to the ACEJMC.

The UNM Department of Communication and Journalism is a fully-integrated communication program that offers bachelor’s degrees in communication, multimedia journalism and strategic communication, as well as master’s and doctoral degrees in communication.