The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC)
is the agency responsible for the evaluation of professional journalism and mass communications programs in colleges and universities. There are 119 schools accredited by ACEJMC.

View ACEJMC accredited programs, accreditation status, student performance information (retention and graduation data), and most recent accreditation site team report. Patricia Thompson is ACEJMC executive director. Contact Thompson at

ACEJMC Resolution on Diversity, Equity,
Inclusion and Social Justice

At its August 2021 meeting, the ACEJMC Council unanimously approved a Resolution on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice. In 1985, ACEJMC became one of the first national accreditors to include a diversity standard in its program reviews. Recent revisions to the standard and adoption of this resolution strengthen the Council’s commitment to DEI accreditation expectations.

2023-24 Accreditation Site Visit Schedule

ACEJMC invites comments by third parties, limited to written comment speaking directly to a program’s compliance with ACEJMC’s accreditation standards. Comments should be submitted to Patricia Thompson, ACEJMC’s executive director,

(Visit dates are subject to change)
Oct. 15-18
University of Missouri
Oct. 22-25:
Shippensburg University
University of Mississippi
Oct 29-Nov. 1:
Colorado State University
University of Kansas
Southeast Missouri State University
Nov 5-8:
Arizona State University
University of Iowa
Nov. 12-15:
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
St. Bonaventure University
Nov. 26-29
University of North Florida
Dec. 3-6:
University of Colorado Boulder
Jan. 21-24:
Ajman University (initial visit)
Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
Jan. 28-31:
Middle Tennessee State University
Norfolk State University
University of Southern California
Feb. 4-7:
University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Feb. 11-14:
Drake University
University of South Carolina
Virginia Tech University (initial visit)

Revisit Dates:
Kent State University, Oct. 23-25
University of North Alabama, Dec. 7-8
Indiana University, Jan. 10-11, 2024
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Jan. 22-23, 2024
Central Michigan University, TBA
San Jose State University, TBA

Revised standards go into effect with site visits Fall 2022

In November 2020, the Accrediting Council gave final approval to major standards revisions. The new standards went into effect for units with site visit reviews Fall 2022. If you have questions about the standards or the process, please contact Pat Thompson, executive director. Background information about the standards review can be found in our newsletters, available on this website under the Publications link.

Review the standards at this link.