- 1. What is accreditation?
- Accreditation is a system of voluntary self-assessment and external
review of educational institutions and of professional programs offered
by those institutions.
Accreditation provides an assurance of quality to students, parents,
and the public.
In the accrediting process, performance of educational units is
measured against national standards.
- 2. How many accredited programs exist?
- ACEJMC currently accredits 111 professional programs in 40 states
and the District of Columbia, and one program in Chile.
About 400 colleges and universities offer formal programs in journalism
and mass communications, and about 1,000 institutions offer some training
in these fields.
- 3. Which school is the best?
- ACEJMC does not rank programs or compare them with one another. Accreditation
by ACEJMC is a measure of the program's compliance with basic standards
and of how well the program achieves its stated mission.
The best school for you is the one that offers the most appropriate
combination of curriculum, size, location, cost and other factors.
IMPORTANT: The overall quality of the university is at least as important
as the quality of the journalism/mass communications program.
- 4. Are accredited schools better than non-accredited schools?
- Not necessarily. Accreditation is entirely voluntary, and many fine
schools do not choose to seek it. However, accredited programs may offer
scholarships, internships, competitive prizes and other activities not
available in non-accredited programs.
- 5. How can I find out which schools offer programs in my field
of interest (for example, public relations)?
- The list of ACEJMC's accredited programs shows the degrees awarded
by each program, but it is important to remember that degree designations
alone may not clarify the program's course offerings (for example, a
unit may offer public relations courses even though it does not award
a specific "B.S.-Public Relations" degree).
The best course is to contact the program directly. The
list of ACEJMC accredited programs includes links to the websites
maintained by the programs.
- 6. I'm interested in a particular school, but it's not on
the list of accredited programs. What's wrong?
- It would be improper to conclude that something is "wrong" simply
because a school is not listed here. See question 4.
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