ACCGC Vision

Assuring continual improvement in graphic communications education leading to vibrant collegiate programs of study.

ACCGC Mission

Providing viable, credible, and defensible accreditation standards for self-study and benchmarking, thereby:

  1. Assuring a system of quality improvement for graphic communications programs at the collegiate level.
  2. Stimulating the exchange of ideas between academia and industry.
  3. Providing internal and external recognition to those collegiate programs that achieve and maintain acceptable standards.

A Brief History of ACCGC

It was the late 1980s at the Graph Expo exposition and convention in Chicago where the seeds were planted to establish accreditation standards for Bachelors degree programs in the graphic communications discipline. This was in recognition of the graphic communications industry’s need for college and university programs to provide high quality education, producing graduates who could lead the graphic communications industry in the years ahead. In 1998, after years of planning, the Accrediting Council for Collegiate Graphic Communications (ACCGC) was formed and has been accrediting graphic communications programs for more than 20 years. ACCGC is a member of the CHEA quality group and incorporated as an IRS-recognized non-profit 501(c)(3) publicly supported organization.