College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Greenlee Promise

We, the faculty and staff of The Greenlee School, will prepare you for a professional life in journalism and communications, in such a manner that...

You will be able to recognize, seize and realize opportunities to grow your career.

You will become part of a life-enriching community of ISU Greenlee students, staff, alumni, friends and practicing professionals.

You will learn how to adapt and thrive as a working professional in the digital networked world.

You will be challenged to shape your Greenlee experience to match your individualized, personal aspirations.

You will be astonished and inspired
by the access and openness of your advisors and mentors among the Greenlee faculty, staff, alumni and visiting professionals.

You will become a hands-on practitioner and protector
of one of the most vital pillars of service that upholds and empowers a free, civil and just society.

You will learn how to shape and lead the future
of that society and evolve, with integrity, the future of journalism and communications.

You will be expected to work exceptionally hard
, as both an individual and a member of a team.

You will be called by and held to the highest standards
of academic rigor and personal ethics.

You will have the opportunity to build cherished relationships
that last a lifetime.

You will experience the life-changing qualities and power of loyalty
– loyalty to a high civic calling, to a community of ideals that will elevate your life, expand your worldview and ignite your aspirations.

You will embark on a personal journey at Greenlee unlike any other found in schools of journalism and communications anywhere in the world.

Above all, you will hit the ground running
when you complete your graduation requirements and land your first career job.


The Student Promise

We, the students of The Greenlee School, will prepare ourselves for a professional life in journalism and communications, in such a manner that… 

We will consistently show the Greenlee faculty and staff our genuine respect for their efforts, knowledge and experiences.

We will vigorously pursue excellence in all assignments and in every activity within the Greenlee School and the professional world. 

We will become opportunistic learners and seekers of ideas – open to fresh thinking, new perspectives and every teachable moment.

We will exercise the highest levels of personal integrity and professional ethics in our conduct and our work. 

We will become active, engaged citizens of the School, Iowa State University and the community. 

We will embrace and fully utilize the resources provided by the Greenlee School and its faculty and staff.

We will become part of something larger than ourselves, positively representing the Greenlee tradition in the classroom, during extracurricular activities, on internships and in the community.

We will work exceptionally hard, both as individuals and members of a team.

We will become respected, valued professionals in our chosen fields.

We will be generous role models -- during and after our Greenlee education -- eagerly sharing our experience with future generations.

We will continuously expand our skills, learn from our mistakes and improve our practice of the craft.

We will accept and be energized by our responsibility to shape and elevate the future of journalism and mass communication.


Our Accreditation Promise  (ACEJMC Professional Values and Competencies)

The Greenlee School is one of the longest continuously accredited programs in the country. Upon your graduation, you should be able to possess the values and competencies as embraced by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC):

  • Understand and apply the principles and laws of freedom of speech and press, for the country in which the institution that invites ACEJMC is located, as well as receive instruction in and understand the range of systems of freedom of expression around the world, including the right to dissent, to monitor and criticize power, and to assemble and petition for redress of grievances;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history and role of professionals and institutions in shaping communications;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of gender, race ethnicity, sexual orientation and, as appropriate, other forms of diversity in domestic society in relation to mass communications;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of peoples and cultures and of the significance and impact of mass communications in a global society;
  • Understand concepts and apply theories in the use and presentation of images and information;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of professional ethical principles and work ethically in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness and diversity;
  • Think critically, creatively and independently;
  • Conduct research and evaluate information by methods appropriate to the communications professions in which you work;
  • Write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences and purposes you serve;
  • Critically evaluate your own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style and grammatical correctness;
  • Apply basic numerical and statistical concepts;
  • Apply tools and technologies appropriate for the communications professions in which you work.