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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.

ACEJMC Calendar

Fall Council Meeting
The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC) will have its fall meeting Friday, Sept. 4, at the Westin Hotel, 909 N. Michigan Ave., in Chicago. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Chicago Ballroom and end no later than 4 p.m.

Deadline for hotel reservations is Aug. 2. This is an open meeting. For information and questions, contact the ACEJMC office at sshaw@ku.edu or creinardy@ku.edu. 

Spring 2016 Committee meeting
The Accrediting Committee will meet March 19 and 20 at the Westin Hotel, 909 N. Michigan Ave., in Chicago. Details will be available in January.


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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.
University of North Alabama's 2014-15 Self-Study

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.