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 on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication is dedicated to excellence and high standards in professional education in journalism and mass communications.  The Council endorses professional education that recognizes and incorporates technological advances, changing professional and economic practice, and public interests and demands. 


The National Association of Schools of Art and Design is an association of approximately 346 schools of art and design, primarily at the collegiate level, but also including postsecondary non-degree-granting schools for the visual arts disciplines. It is the national accrediting agency for art and design and art and design-related disciplines.The Association also provides information to the public.


The American Library Association accredits master’s programs in library and information studies across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Accreditation is achieved through a review process conducted by an external review panel of practitioners and academics that verifies that the program meets the Standards for Accreditation of Master’s Programs in Library and Information Studies.

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.

A team of faculty and those from the mass media industries visits the campus every six years to ensure that UA is providing the best possible educational experience for our students. The next ACEJMC team visit will take place in 2021.

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 TCF Journalism All UA
2014 88.1 84.1 86.6 84.1 86.5
2013 88.9 90.9 88.7 79.2 86.7
2012 90.2 83.7 89.2 85.2 87.0
2011 85.1 89.3 94.4 78.0 85.4
2010 84.4 87.5 93.3 82.2 86.5
2009 82.7 81.5 85.5 82.1 84.8
2008 80.2 85.7 81.9 81.1 83.5
2007 91.7 76.9 84.1 86.0 84.6
2006 85.9 85.7 89.1 83.3 86.7


This table shows students retained Fall to Fall for the last nine years, with the latest data available on the percentage of the cohort who returned in the Fall 2014 semester.   It is noteworthy that the first-year retention rates of both public relations and telecommunication and film majors exceeded the University’s retention rate of 86.5%. Not too far behind, more than 84% of first-year majors in both journalism and advertising majors returned for a second year.

Six-Year Graduation Rates of First-Time Undergraduate Students by Cohort

Advertising TCF Journalism All UA
2009 71.2% 70.4% 59.4% 74.4% 67.1%
2008 66.3% 76.2% 65.3% 66.0% 65.7%
2007 70.8% 57.7% 65.1% 75.6% 66.7%
2006 62% 66.1% 58.2% 71.1% 66.5%
2005 62% 74.5% 61.7% 76.8% 65.8%
2004 79.2% 68.2% 73.9% 71.4% 67.3%
2003 69.7% 67.9% 65.1% 67.2% 65.9%


The University’s six-year graduation rate among students who entered the University of Alabama in 2009 rose to 67.1%, up nearly two-percent over the those students who entered in 2008. Except for those students majoring in telecommunication and film, the graduation rate of mass communication area majors continues to exceed the university’s six-year graduation rate. It’s particularly noteworthy that among those majoring in journalism, nearly three-fourths graduated in six years.


Graduation and Retention Rates for Professional Master’s Programs
(JN and A+PR)

Cohort Journalism Advertising + Public Relations
2014-2015 100% 87.5%
2013-2014 100% 94%
2012-2013 100% 100%
2011-2012 87.5%
2010-2011 66.7%
2009-2010 100%


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 both retained and graduated.