National Accreditation

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Mission Statement 

We educate students to have a critical understanding and comprehensive body of knowledge of the techniques, theories and social consequences of our complex national and global communications system. In our technologically intense fields in which method and form are major concerns, we educate students to become intellectual, artistic and ethical professional leaders in this rapidly changing information environment.

In the Jesuit tradition, we are committed to understanding and advancing social justice through service to our university, our communities and our disciplines. As scholars, staff, student and alumni, we value the media as social instruments and are committed to the ethical integration and application of communication skills, knowledge and values in the interconnected and diverse world around us.

Strategic Plans





Student Success Rates

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Diversity Plans




Faculty Handbook

The University Faculty handbook 

College of Music and Media handbook 

Intranet Documents (password protected)

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  • Faculty Meeting Minutes
  • Assessment of Administrator by Faculty
  • Files on Search and hiring decisions for Administrators
  • Files on concerns and complaints


The School of Communication and Design is proud to announce that the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC) voted 28 to 0 to make Loyola the second Jesuit institution to hold ACEJMC accreditation. Loyola is now the first Jesuit institution to hold both ACEJMC accreditation and the Certification in Education for Public Relations (CEPR). Loyola New Orleans is also the first school in the state of Louisiana to have both ACEJMC accreditation and CEPR.

ACEJMC is the agency responsible for the evaluation of professional journalism and mass communications programs in colleges and universities. The Public Relations Society of America conducts a similar review for the CEPR.

ACEJMC and CEPR require the university to provide an extensive self-study report based on the standards set by the organizations. They then send representatives from both organizations to evaluate compliance on all standards.  Provided below is the ACEJMC Self-Study Report.


ACEJMC Self-Study, 2014-2020 accreditation cycle

Part I — General Information

Part II — Supplementary Information

Standard 1 — Mission, Governance and Administration

Standard 2 — Curriculum and Instruction

Standard 3 — Diversity and Inclusiveness

Standard 4 — Full-Time and Part-Time Faculty

Standard 5 — Scholarship: Research, Creative and Professional Activity 

Standard 6 — Student Services

Standard 7 — Research, Facilities and Equipment

Standard 8 — Professional and Public Service

Standard 9 — Assessment of Learning Outcomes

CEPR Self-Study, 2014-2020 accreditation cycle




SECTION A. Information about the school 

SECTION B. Information about the program 

SECTION C. Information about the resources of the program 

SECTION D. Information about professional affiliations 

SECTION E. Information about the curriculum

SECTION F. Information about the faculty

SECTION G. Preferred site visit dates 

APPENDIX A. Senior Exit Survey

APPENDIX B. University Exit Survey

APPENDIX C. SMC Alumni Survey

APPENDIX D. Capstone Rubric 


APPENDIX F. Ethics Test 

APPENDIX G. Portfolio Instrument 

APPENDIX H. Internship Evaluation