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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

Room change for Council meeting

The location of the Friday, May 2, meeting of the Accrediting Council at the Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel has been moved to Fitzgerald A and B. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m.

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.

Iowa View: State universities must continuously improve
By Michael Bugeja
Director, Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication
Iowa State University

(Special to the Register)

The value of a degree from a state university involves “assessment,” otherwise known as “continuous improvement,” a core principle in the Iowa Board of Regents’ 2010-16 strategic plan.

Many professors improve classes every semester. The problem has been documenting those enhancements.

Disciplines such as journalism, engineering and computer science often do assessment to meet accreditation standards. In journalism, for instance, the Greenlee School at Iowa State University complies with standards of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. However, the majority of departments and disciplines in Iowa — actually, across the country — typically are unaccustomed to assessment and so are being asked by regents and legislators to demonstrate how they are helping students achieve learning goals, in part to justify rising costs of higher education.

Last year, ISU was asked to comply with new state legislation requiring assessment of high-enrollment courses for outcomes, defined as “what students should know, understand, or be able to do at the end of a course.” For several years now each regent university also has reported annually the number of undergraduate degree programs doing assessment, the number with specific assessment plans, and the number measuring learning outcomes and whether those outcomes are being met for program improvement.

To some professors, these mandates seem imposing. Problems arise about the process (what, precisely, are we measuring?) academic freedom (don’t we control course content?), shared governance (who is mandating all this anyway?), time management (how can we find the hours to do this?) and, finally, recognition (why should we do this when there is no reward?).
Those issues should be addressed to meet the assessment mandate. …

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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.

Self-study examples:
ACEJMC has available for loan self-studies that were well executed. Some are in print format; others are available in digital formats.
The self-study prepared by the School of Communications at Elon University is a strong example and has been made available at: Elon Self-Study.


Accrediting Council meetings:
Friday, May 2, 2014, Arlington, Va.
Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, Chicago

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