Parallel actions at GIPA’s CSJMM and USC’s SJMC

CSJMM is in the midst of an intense curriculum revision, and the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SJMC) is in the final stages of revising its curriculum. The following is an excerpt from Dean Charles Bierbauer’s annual report for 2011. I believe his words apply equally well to CSJMM.

“Curriculum review is a seeming constant in both of our schools — Library and Information Science and Journalism and Mass Communications—to ensure our programs are current and relevant. The journalism school faculty is engaged in its most far-reaching revision in well over a decade. Part of its aim is to eliminate those walls — we often call them silos — that keep us from preparing for the market place in which our graduates will find themselves. Multimedia, all-platform skills are now the norm in just about all our disciplines. I hear that consistently when I seek advice from alumni working in our fields. But we also have well-respected traditional programs focused on core capabilities whose long-standing benefits we don’t want to relinquish. If there are any walls left when we finish the process, they should be no more than knee walls that define the disciplines but do not obstruct our vision of the present and the future.”

CSJMM is also in the midst of preparing for accreditation, and the SJMC recently completed its accreditation process. Again I offer an excerpt from Dean Charles Bierbauer’s annual report for 2011.

“The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications took note of our teaching strength when its team visited in February: Students remark that the courses they take in their sequences are rigorous and more demanding than many of the other courses they take in liberal arts and sciences. Courses in writing were especially noted for their rigor in demanding clarity and accuracy. . . . The accrediting team’s summary says:
Strong school leadership.
A culture focused on teaching and student needs.
A productive faculty in professional and scholarly works.
Outstanding service to university and professional communities.
Efficient budget management.
A solid assessment plan. There is praise for our faculty: Since the last accreditation visit they have written 13 books, close to 83 refereed journal articles, more than 20 book chapters, more than 125 refereed research papers at academic conferences, more than 200 articles and essays in trade publications. Perhaps one of the greatest accomplishments is securing more than $1 million in grant money.”

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About keithrkenney
Keith Kenney is a professor of visual communication at the University of South Carolina. He is living in Tbilisi, Georgia, for a year. This blog is about several topics. "CSJMM-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management in Tbilisi, Georgia. "USC-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SJMC) at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. CSJMM and SJMC are recipients of a "Journalism School Partnership" program grant from the US Department of State. The purpose of this $750,000 grant is to improve CSJMM and ensure its sustainability. "Tbilisi, Georgia" is about Susanna Melo and my experiences in Tbilisi. "Columbia, SC" will be about our experiences in our home town--Columbia--when we return home. "Georgia" is about Susanna and my experiences when we travel in Georgia outside of Tbilisi. "United States" is about our experiences traveling in the US. "Films and Photography" is about two documentary films I'm working on in Georgia. One story follows how Adishi handles the rapid tourism that is being developed in Svaneti. The other story follows Tamaz Jalagania, who is a craftsman of swords and guns, an opera singer, and an extraordinary storyteller. "Scholarship" is about my current books, articles, reviews, and grants.

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