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KNOXVILLE — The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC) voted unanimously to fully reaccredit the undergraduate programs of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville schools of Advertising and Public Relations (ADVPR) and Journalism and Electronic Media (JEM) in the College of Communication and Information (CCI).

UT Knoxville was one of eight universities, out of nineteen undergoing ACEJMC undergraduate reaccreditation, found to be in compliance with all nine of the council’s accrediting standards.

“ACEJMC’s decision to fully reaccredit the college’s undergraduate programs in advertising and public relations and in journalism and electronic media provides further confirmation of the outstanding work being done by our faculty, students, alumni, and friends,” said CCI Dean Mike Wirth. “We are also very proud to have been found to be in compliance with all nine ACEJMC standards.”

ACEJMC accredits professional journalism and mass communications programs at 111 U.S. colleges and universities and one international program. Voluntary reviews of accredited schools are conducted every six years. ACEJMC accreditation is a system of voluntary self-assessment and external review of professional journalism and mass communication programs offered by educational institutions. Accreditation provides an assurance of quality to students, parents, and the public.

The complete list of 2011 Accrediting Council decisions, made during its April 29 meeting in Portland, Oregon, can be found at


Mike Wirth, College of Communication and Information (865-974-3031,

Donna Silvey, College of Communication and Information (865-974-6727,

Charles Primm, Media and Internal Relations (865-974-5180,