“Professors at the school are also already required to undergo diversity training. And undergrads are required to take a diversity course to earn a diploma.”
Is this punishment for not hiring Nikole Hannah-Jones? You have to wonder.
The College Fix reports:
UNC-Chapel Hill journalism school denied full accreditation for lacking racial diversity
A national journalism accreditation organization has denied the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill full accreditation because the school has fallen short on measures meant to promote racial diversity.
The accrediting council reviews schools every six years. In a vote taken April 29, the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications instead granted Hussman provisional accreditation, meaning the school would retain its accreditation pursuant to a further examination in two years.
Hussman’s last review took place in October 2021, with the on-site team unanimously recommending re-accreditation despite the school being out of compliance with the council’s diversity recommendations.
But earlier this month the full council voted only to grant provisional accreditation. Hussman Interim Dean Heidi Hennink-Kaminski did not immediately respond to a request for comment by The College Fix to address what changes needed to be made to meet accreditation.
“The council’s site team said the journalism school needs to continue to follow its diversity plan and initiatives in student and faculty retention and recruitment specifically. It also said the school needs to include diversity and inclusion within its curriculum,” the Daily Tar Heel student newspaper reported.
However, faculty listed on the journalism school’s website shows that of the four dozen or so professors in the school, it appears to be a very diverse staff; many are female and professors of color.
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