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ACEJMC Accreditation

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Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications - Ship’s Communication/Journalism Department offers one of only three Bachelor programs in Pennsylvania that is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.

Accreditation is a system of voluntary self-assessment and external review of educational institutions and of professional programs offered by those institutions. Accreditation provides an assurance of quality to students, parents, and the public. In the accrediting process, the performance of educational units is measured against national standards.

ACEJMC lists ten professional values and competencies that must be part of the education of all journalism and mass communications students. Students should:

  1. Apply the principles and laws of freedom of speech and press, in a global context, and for the country in which the institution that invites ACEJMC is located;
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the multicultural history and role of professionals and institutions in shaping communications;
  3. Demonstrate culturally proficient communication that empowers those traditionally disenfranchised in society, especially as grounded in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and ability, domestically and globally, across communication and media contexts;
  4. Present images and information effectively and creatively, using appropriate tools and technologies;
  5. Write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences, and purposes they serve;
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of professional ethical principles and work ethically in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness, and diversity;
  7. Apply critical thinking skills in conducting research and evaluating information by methods appropriate to the communications professions in which they work;
  8. Effectively and correctly apply basic numerical and statistical concepts;
  9. Critically evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style, and grammatical correctness;
  10. Apply tools and technologies appropriate for the communications professions in which they work.