The journalism program in California State University, Chico's College of Communication and Education has been recommended for accreditation by the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
Katie Milo, Journalism Department chair, said the recommendation will be formalized by a vote of the accrediting council in May in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
CSU, Chico's journalism program will be one of 106 accredited programs nationwide and the only one among the state universities north of San Francisco.
"This is a strong endorsement of our program and the product of a number of years' work," said Milo. "The accrediting team that visited campus had very positive things to say about our advising program, our commitment to teaching, and our students' achievements."
Milo said accreditation will mean journalism students will have more internship opportunities, which is a key factor in gaining post-graduate employment. She also said students will be able to take part in more journalism competitions.
The Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, established as the American Council on Education in Journalism in 1945, has thirty-nine members. About half are practicing journalists and half educators. The president is Robert Giles, editor and publisher of the Detroit News.