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The Program Information Center is intended primarily for:

  • Administrators of currently accredited programs who seek information about accreditation issues
  • Administrators of institutions that include accredited journalism/mass communications units
  • Administrators of non-accredited programs who seek detailed information about the processes and policies of accreditation
  • Faculty members in journalism/mass communications units who want to know more about accreditation

Cautionary Note

This section of the ACEJMC Website contains exhaustive information on ACEJMC's standards, policies, procedures, fees and schedules, and more. If you want general information, you may find the Student Information Center more helpful.


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A Guide to the Program Information Center

Click Definitions and Structure to see information on:

  • ACEJMC: its authority and history
  • The ACEJMC mission and vision statements
  • A definition of accreditation; its purposes and benefits
  • The structure of ACEJMC, its officers, and its executive office staff

Click Accrediting Standards to see the full text of the nine accrediting standards.

Click Principles of Accreditation to see the principles that guide the Council:

  • Mission of journalism and mass communications
  • Mission of education in journalism and mass communications
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusiveness
  • Institutional uniqueness
  • Curricular balance
  • The journalism and mass communications degree
  • Professional values and competencies
  • Assessment of student learning
  • Schedule for assessment plans
  • Transfer credit
  • Role of practitioners
  • The burden of accreditation

Click Policies of Accreditation to see the Council's policies on:

  • Eligibility for accreditation
  • Review of professional graduate programs
  • Open meetings
  • Conflict of interest, complaints and appeals of accrediting decisions
  • Review of standards and procedures
  • Public notice of accrediting actions
  • Publicity and a unit's publication of its accrediting status
  • Records; availability of public records

Click Mechanisms of Accreditation to see information about:

  • Initiating the process: invitation from the institution, scheduling visits, postponement
  • Self-studies: organization, conduct, preparation and submission
  • Site visits: the selection of site visit team members, the institution's responsibilities during the visit, the visit report, the institution's opportunity to respond
  • Reviews of site reports by the Committee and Council
  • Accreditation status awarded by ACEJMC
  • Fees and typical schedules for accrediting reviews

Click Programs List to see a list of currently accredited programs.

To see lists of ACEJMC's member associations, the members of the Accrediting Committee or the members of the Accrediting Council, click:

Click Calendar to see the dates and locations of scheduled Committee and Council meetings.

Click Visit Schedule to see the schools scheduled for accreditation visits in the next cycle.

Click Bylaws to see the full text of the ACEJMC Bylaws.


More questions?

Questions about the accreditation process should go to:

Susanne Shaw
ACEJMC Executive Director
Stauffer-Flint Hall
1435 Jayhawk Blvd.
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045 - 7575
(785) 864-3986

Requests for documents should go to:
Cheryl Klug
ACEJMC
Stauffer-Flint Hall
1435 Jayhawk Blvd.
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045 - 7575
(785)864-3973
FAX: (785)864-5225

Questions, comments or suggestions about this Web site should go to:
Cindy Reinardy

ACEJMC
Stauffer-Flint Hall
1435 Jayhawk Blvd.
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045 - 7575
creinardy@ku.edu
(785) 864-7640

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