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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.

Accrediting Council Decisions

The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC) made 23 accreditation decisions at its May 2 meeting in Arlington, Virginia.

(Full news release available at Accrediting Council Decisions)

New schools receiving initial accreditation:

Loyola University in New Orleans: School of Mass Communication

University of Idaho: School of Journalism and Mass Media

Technologico de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico: department of communication and journalism

City University of New York: Graduate School of Journalism

California State University, Long Beach: department of journalism and mass communication

Provisional status:

The department of journalism and public communication at the University of Alaska Anchorage received provisional reaccreditation. The program was in noncompliance with Standard 6 Student Services and Standard 9 Assessment of Learning Outcomes. Schools that receive provisional reaccreditation do not lose any rights or privileges of accreditation but must correct the weaknesses within two years.

Removed from provisional status and accredited: 

Auburn University undergraduate program in the School of Communication and Journalism

Southern University undergraduate program in the department of mass communication

South Dakota State University online professional master’s program in mass communication in the department of journalism and mass communication

Reaccredited undergraduate programs:

Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Jacksonville State University Department of Communication

Kansas State University A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Communications

San Francisco State University Department of Journalism

Temple University Department of Journalism

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Department of Communication

University of Tennessee at Martin Department of Communications

Buffalo State (SUNY) Communication Department

Hofstra University Department of Journalism, Media Studies and Public Relations        

Michigan State University School of Journalism

Oklahoma State University School of Media and Strategic Communications

University of Southern Illinois Carbondale School of Journalism

University of Nevada, Reno Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism and Center for Advanced Media Studies

University of New Mexico Department of Communication and Journalism

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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.


Accreditation Workshop:
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, Chicago
One-day program to help administrators prepare the self-study and plan for the site visit.

Accrediting Council meeting:
Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, Chicago

Committee meeting:
Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22, 2015