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Accreditation/degree mills
ACEJMC supports the position taken by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) that "degree mills demean the value of learning and the importance of educational standards by treating degrees as a commodity to be bought and sold." http://www.chea.org/degree mills/frmPaper.htm

Welcome to the ACEJMC
Online Information Center.

The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism
and Mass Communications, or ACEJMC, is the agency responsible for the evaluation of professional journalism and mass communications programs in colleges and universities.

Accreditation status of ACEJMC programs

2016 Accreditation Decisions

The Accrediting Council met Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7, at the Westin Hotel, 909 N. Michigan Ave., in Chicago. During the Friday session, 25 schools were reviewed. During Saturday's business meeting, new Council officers were elected, as were new members to the Accrediting Committee. A full report from the May 6-7 meeting can be found in the News release section of this site.


Fall Council Meeting:
Friday, Sept. 2, Westin Hotel, Chicago

2017 Committee Meeting:
Saturday, March 25, Westin Hotel, Chicago

2017 Spring Council Meeting:
Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29,
Westin Hotel, Chicago

Public Accountability and Disclosure

ACEJMC requires its programs to provide retention and graduation data to the public. Data are to be published on the program's website and updated annually. Programs not meeting this requirement are placed on probation and listed as such here. Information and instructions for meeting this requirement can be found at Public Accountability.

Data links can be viewed at ACEJMC Data Links.


All contents of the ACEJMC website ©1996-2016, the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. Pages may be copied or printed for personal or educational use but may not be published or used for commercial purposes without permission of the site owners. Links are provided to the websites for users' convenience only. ACEJMC makes no endorsements and takes no responsibility for the accuracy or operability of websites supported by other entities.

Analysis ____________

Doug Anderson, ACEJMC vice president, did an analysis this spring comparing ACEJMC and other professional accrediting agencies. The analysis was presented at the May Council meeting. His presentation also included surveys from recently reviewed schools on ACEJMC's standards, policies and procedures. Anderson's presentation can be viewed at Benchmarking/ACEJMC.



2015 ACEJMC Publication

2015 ACEJMC Publication
A guide to policies, procedures and programs

ACEJMC Guide to Assessment explains ACEJMC's expectations of an assessment plan and offers suggestions for assessing student learning.

Preparation for Accreditation:
A Guide to the Years Before the Self-Study

Mission and Plans: Information on writing a mission statement and creating a diversity plan, assessment plan and long-range strategic plan

Diversity: Best Practices
Describes actions schools have taken to successfully diversify.

University of North Alabama's 2014-15 Self-Study

Michigan State University's 2013-14 Self-Study.

Jacksonville State University's 2013-14 Self-Study.