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College named Center of Excellence in Ohio

Today we learned that Ohio’s Board of Regents has named the academic “home” of the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism a “Center of Excellence in Cultural and Societal Transformation” for the state of Ohio.

Just what does that mean?

For starters, it means that programs making up the Scripps College of Communication &mdash including the JSchool &mdash are recognized as top programs in the state of Ohio, worthy of special distinction. That’s a terrific pat on the back for us and our classmates and colleagues throughout the college.

Students and faculty from the Scripps College of Communication listen as USO Chancellor Eric Fingerhut makes the announcement.

Second, it underscores the value of reaching out across the Scripps College of Communication, whether you are an undergraduate, a graduate student, or a faculty member in the JSchool.

Journalism Plus

Last but not least, it means for journalism students and faculty that the name “Scripps,” which at OU once referred solely to the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, means “Journalism Plus.” Journalism plus Visual Communication, with which we have a long history. Journalism plus Media Arts and Studies, with which we share a doctoral degree in mass communications. Journalism plus Communication Studies, with which we share a long history of offering communication-related courses at Ohio University. And Journalism plus Information and Telecommunications Systems, where many of our students learn about computer networking and the Internet.

Today’s announcement will go a long way in underscoring the “plus” aspect of being in the Scripps College of Communication. The “plus” will be more fully realized once we’ve move into the new Schoonover Center, scheduled for late-2012.

For more, read “Scripps College of Communication named a Center of Excellence.”

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