West Texas A&M University

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College of Fine Arts and Humanities Accreditation

Accreditation

West Texas A&M University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges or SACSCOC, a regional agency recognized by the United States Department of Education. This is the highest accreditation a university can receive and signifies that WTAMU has "a purpose appropriate to higher education and the resources, programs and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that purpose."

The Department of Communication is accredited at both the undergraduate and graduate level by the American Communication Association. The American Communication Association (ACA) was founded in 1993 for the purposes of fostering scholarship in all areas of human communication behavior, promoting and improving excellence in the pedagogy of communication, providing a voice in communication law and policy, and providing evaluation and certification services for academic programs in communication study. One aspect of their mission is to recognize communication programs that meet or exceed ACA’s expectations on 15 standards of program excellence. ACA accredits certificate, 2-year, 4-year undergraduate, and graduate programs in communication in the U.S. and around the world. The common denominator is that each of these programs focuses on one or more aspects of the human communication experience including, but not limited to: interpersonal, organizational, mass, computer-mediated, advertising, public relations, and international communication.

WTAMU’s Department of Communication received accreditation from ACA in 2010 and received reaffirmation of its accreditation from ACA in 2014. In the notice of reaffirmation, ACA visiting accreditors wrote about the department’s facilities and equipment:

The Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex is one of the region’s premiere educational and performance facilities, which is kept in prime condition thanks to an endowment. Faculty offices have the necessary technology, Internet access and are roomy enough to accommodate more than one student and private enough to counsel. The campus is small enough where most if not all the facilities are within walking distance including the 24 hour open access computer lab with over 100 stations for use by students.

The site visit team recommended full accreditation for the Department of Communication to the ACA Board of Directors. The Directors approved that recommendation in March, 2014.

A PDF of the Committee’s full report is available here.