Just days after the official lowering of the accreditation of the School of Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the campus faculty chairman said that teachers and students at the Hassman School of Journalism and Media were punished for harassing university officials and failing to accept pedagogical position.
“It wasn’t the journalism department that Nicole Hannah-Jones didn’t want to take,” said Mimi Chapman, chairman of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist’s council, whose appointment was a national history and a source of division. on campus last year. “This was a widely reported issue at the level of the Board of Trustees. The delay in voting and all the behind-the-scenes maneuvering is what caused this problem. “
Dispute around Hannah JonesChapel Hill graduate, summer 2021, and diversity issues at Chapel Hill UNC, noted by the Accreditation Group when she visited the campus next fall, were significant factors that led to the decision to lower the school of journalism to temporary accreditation status, Peter Bhatia, president of the Council for the Accreditation of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC) said The Charlotte Observer.
Chapman said she was not surprised by the decision, but added: “Teachers and students bear the brunt of a situation they did not create, and it’s a shame.”
The Observer reported that ACEJMC decided on April 29 to downgrade Hussman School after it did not meet diversity and inclusion standards.
“It’s a really great school of journalism in many ways, but obviously there are some issues that need to be fixed,” Bhatia said.
The reduction of accreditation took place on the same day as the report on the university system was published American University Teachers Association, who conducted a special investigation and criticized the Chapel Hill campus for shortcomings in diversity, leadership and management. The UNC system is also struggling with harsh increase the turnover of teachers and staff.
The UNC School of Journalism was accredited since 1958reported on his website.