Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412972048 | Print ISBN: 9780761929574 | Online ISBN: 9781412972048| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC) accredits about a quarter of all the journalism programs in the United States and one university outside the country. The council is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) to accredit programs for professional education in journalism and mass communications in four-year colleges and universities. It is the only accrediting agency in the United States for journalism and mass communications education. The council's purpose is to foster and encourage excellence and high standards in professional education in journalism and mass communications. The council establishes educational requirements and standards and provides a process of voluntary program reviews by professionals and academicians, awarding accredited status to units that meet its standards. In this role, the council assures students, parents, journalism and mass communications professionals, and the public that accredited programs meet rigorous standards for professional education. Accreditation is intended ...