The College of Communication and Information Science’s degree programs are accredited by nationally recognized accrediting agencies. Accreditation is a voluntary process that includes an external review of the college’s ability to provide quality programs to ensure students are learning relevant material the right way. The rigorous accreditation process includes assessment of curriculum, faculty, administration, students, facilities and resources. Our programs are accredited by ACEJMC, NASAD and ALA/ALSDE.
The Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
The College of Communication and Information Sciences includes three departments — Advertising and Public Relations, Journalism and Creative Media and Communication Studies — and the School of Library and Information Studies. Undergraduate programs in two units (Advertising and Public Relations and Journalism and Creative Media) are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC). One and two-year master’s programs in journalism and advertising and public relations are also reviewed by ACEJMC.
Since August 15, 2016, the former Department of Journalism and the Department of Telecommunication and Film have been the Department of Journalism and Creative Media. Up until the 2016-2017 academic year, the newly merged unit offered majors in Journalism and Telecommunication and Film. In addition to these majors, the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC) also accredits majors in advertising and public relations. One and two-year master’s programs in journalism and advertising/public relations are also reviewed by ACEJMC.
The College’s undergraduate and master’s programs were fully re-accredited in May 2016. The next review will take place during the 2021-2022 academic year.
Updated annually, the following data are provided as part of ACEJMC’s Public Accountability requirement:
*First-Year Retention Rates of First-Time Undergraduate Students by Cohort
|Advertising||Creative Media||News Media||All UA
This table shows students retained Fall to Fall for the last ten years, with the latest data available on the percentage of the cohort who returned in the Fall 2018 semester.
It is noteworthy that in 2018, 90.4 % of news media majors were retained from their first year, which reflects the inaugural year of the revised major, exceeding the University’s retention rate of 87.9%. Not too far behind, 88% of first-year majors in public relations, the largest in the College, returned for a second year.
*Updated August 15, 2019
Six-Year Graduation Rates of First-Time Undergraduate Students by Cohort
The University’s six-year graduation rate among students who entered the University of Alabama in 2012 was at 71.9%, the highest in 10 years. In the College of Communication and Information Sciences, our graduation rate among students in accredited majors exceeded was higher than the University average. In our largest major, public relations, about 85% of majors entering in 2012 graduated in six years.
Average Time to Degree (in Calendar Year) for Master’s Students (JN and APR)
|Journalism (Count)||Journalism Mean Years||APR (Count)||APR Mean Years|
Time to degree is calculated on a calendar year basis as the actual time between entrance (the first term a student is enrolled at the graduate level) and graduation.
The count includes students in both one-year and two-year master’s programs.
Graduation and Retention Rates for Professional Master’s Programs (JN and A+PR)
|Cohort||Journalism||Advertising + Public Relations|
Retention and graduation rates for the professional master’s programs are indicated in the table above. Because it is a one-year program, these rates represent students who were retained and graduated.