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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

The Value of Accreditation
Answers frequently asked questions about what accreditation means to students and the public. (CHEA).

Ask Before You Decide:

Provides an understanding of the value of accreditation and the importance of knowing accredited status before making any decision on whether to attend an institution or program. (CHEA).

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

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.

Accreditation Reviews

The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC) reviewed 28 schools and revisited one provisional school during the 2014-15 visit year.

The Accrediting Committee met in Chicago on March 21-22 to determine its accreditation recommendations.

The Accrediting Council will meet in Phoenix on Friday, May 1, and Saturday, May 2, to make accreditation decisions.

The schools to be discussed and their site visit dates follow:

Visit Date
Oct. 5-8

Baylor University
Central Michigan University

Oct. 12-15

University of Connecticut
Brigham Young University

Oct. 19-22

University of South Dakota
*Zayed University

Oct. 26-29

Winthrop University
*Anahuac University
*University of North Alabama

Nov. 9-12

University of Oklahoma
American University

Nov. 16-19

University of Wisconsin -- Eau Claire
Texas State University -- San Marcos
San Jose State University
*American University in Dubai

Jan. 20-23
Kent State University
University of Washington
Arkansas State University
Jan. 25-28

University of Kentucky
Indiana University
Florida International University
Marshall University

Feb. 1-4

University of Texas Austin
Iona College

Feb. 8-11
California State University Fullerton
University of North Carolina
San Diego State University
Feb. 15-18

*Stony Brook University


Abilene Christian University


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annual 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.

ACEJMC has available for loan self-studies that were well executed. Some are in print format; others are available in digital formats.

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

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

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

Elon Self-Study.


Council meetings:
Friday, May 1
Saturday, May 2

Friday, Sept. 4

Accreditation workshop:
Thursday, Sept. 3

2016 Committee

March 26-27