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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

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.

Accreditation Decisions

The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC) reviewed 28 schools and revisited one provisional school during the 2014-15 visit year.

The Council met in Phoenix on Friday, May 1, and Saturday, May 2 and made the following accreditation decisions:

* denotes schools receiving initial accreditation.

Removed from provisional and
fully reaccredited

(Revisit) Abilene Christian University


San Jose State University (Std. 2 and 9)
Univ. of Wisconsin -- Eau Claire (Std. 3 and 9)
University of South Dakota (Std. 9)

Accredit / Reaccredit
with noncompliances

California State University, Fullerton (Std. 9)
University of Oklahoma (Std. 3 and 9)
*American University in Dubai (Std. 5)
Marshall University (Std. 2)
*Stony Brook University (Std. 5)
University of Kentucky (Std. 7)
University of Texas Austin (Std. 3)

/ Reaccredit

American University
*Anahuac University
University of Washington
Baylor University
Brigham Young University
Central Michigan University
Florida International University
Indiana University
Iona College
Kent State University
San Diego State University
Texas State University
*University of North Alabama
University of North Carolina
Winthrop University
*Zayed University
Arkansas State University
University of Connecticut


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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.

ACEJMC has available for loan self-studies that were well executed. Some are in print format; others are available in digital formats.

Oklahoma State University's 2013-14 Self- Study.

Michigan State University's 2013-14 Self- Study.

Jacksonville State University's 2013-14 Self-Study.

Elon Self-Study.


Council meeting:
Friday, Sept. 4

Accreditation workshop:
Thursday, Sept. 3

2016 Committee

March 19-20