Accreditation in higher education is a process for public accountability and improvement of academic quality, based on self- and peer assessment. The University of New Mexico, including all of its programs, is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
In addition, the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications is the agency for journalism accreditation in the United States. The ACEJMC is dedicated to ensuring quality in the professional education of journalists by evaluating programs every six years according to nine standards of excellence: mission, governance, and administration; curriculum and instruction; diversity and inclusiveness; full-time and part-time faculty; scholarship; student services; resource, facilities, and equipment; professional and public service; and assessment of learning outcomes.
The Journalism program in the Department of Communication & Journalism was reaccredited in November 2013 after a self-study and site visit by four members of the Accrediting Council. The program was given the highest rating possible--in compliance on all nine accrediting standards. About 125 programs are accredited nationally, and we are the only accredited program in New Mexico. As part of the accrediting process, all accredited programs are required to list retention, graduation, and employment statistics on their department websites for access by students, their parents, and community agencies in journalism and communication.
Department of Communication and Journalism Accreditation Statistics (PDF):