The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications is dedicated to fostering and encouraging excellence and high standards in professional education in journalism and mass communications.
The Council believes that students can best prepare for careers in journalism and mass communications by studying in accredited professional programs at colleges and universities. The Council embraces the value of a liberal arts and sciences curriculum as the essential foundation for a professional journalism and mass communications education.
The Council recognizes that freedom of expression and freedom of the press are indispensable to a free society and that the professional education offered by accredited programs should encourage dissent, inquiry and free expression as guaranteed by the First Amendment.
To serve this mission, the Council establishes educational requirements and standards and provides a process of voluntary program review by professionals and academicians, awarding accredited status to units that meet its standards. In this role, the Council assures students, parents, journalism and mass communications professionals, and the public that accredited programs meet rigorous standards for professional education.
The Council recognizes and safeguards the institutional diversity of each accredited program and encourages educational innovation by units as they strive to meet accreditation requirements and standards.