Northwestern J-School Drops Accreditation

May 2, 2017

Northwestern University's journalism school has dropped its specialized accreditation, The Chicago Tribune reported. The school -- generally considered among the country's top journalism programs -- was up for renewal by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications and opted not to go through the process. Northwestern, as a university, maintains institutional accreditation, so students are still eligible for federal student aid.

Bradley Hamm, dean of Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications, told the Tribune, "Our goal is always to be the best in the world, and this process doesn't get us there. We just don't find that the review provides us with anything beyond what we already know today. It's relatively superficial, extremely time-consuming and doesn't lead us to a goal of significant improvement. It's sort of a low bar."

The accreditor declined to comment on that statement.

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