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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

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.
The following link provides:
The Accreditation Status of ACEJMC programs

Site Team Reports (since 2013-14)

Retention and Graduation Data Requirement

The following ACEJMC accredited programs have not met the requirement to annually update student retention and graduation data. These programs are on probational status until the data are provided. For more information on this ACEJMC policy, see Public Accountability.

Murray State University Department of Journalism
and Mass Communications

Brigham Young University School of Communications

Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey Journalism and Mass Communications Department

Qatar University Department of Mass Communication

2016 Accreditation Decisions

The Accrediting Council met Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7, at the Westin Hotel, 909 N. Michigan Ave., in Chicago. During the Friday session, 25 schools were reviewed. During Saturday's business meeting, new Council officers were elected, as were new members to the Accrediting Committee. A full report from the May 6-7 meeting can be found in the News release section of this site.

2015-16 site team member data


Fall Council Meeting:
8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 2,
Chicago Ballroom, Westin Hotel, Chicago

2017 Committee Meeting:
Saturday, March 25, Westin Hotel, Chicago

2017 Spring Council Meeting:
Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29,
Westin Hotel, Chicago

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.


All contents of the ACEJMC website ©1996-2016, the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. Pages may be copied or printed for personal or educational use but may not be published or used for commercial purposes without permission of the site owners. Links are provided to the websites for users' convenience only. ACEJMC makes no endorsements and takes no responsibility for the accuracy or operability of websites supported by other entities.

Analysis ____________

Doug Anderson, immediate past vice president of the Accrediting Council, did an analysis this spring comparing ACEJMC and other professional accrediting agencies. The analysis was presented at the May Council meeting. His presentation also included surveys from recently reviewed schools on ACEJMC's standards, policies and procedures. Anderson's presentation can be viewed at Benchmarking/ACEJMC.


2016-17 ACEJMC 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.

University of Maryland

Iowa State 2015-16

West Virginia University 2015-16

University of North Alabama 2014-15

Michigan State University 2013-14

Jacksonville State University 2013-14