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.

ACEJMC

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. 

NASAD

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.

ALA & ALSDE

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.

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

Public
Relations
Advertising TCF Journalism All UA
Students
2016 85.6 89.2 85.1 78.5 87.1
2015 87.2 91.1 86.3 85.5 86.3
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 ten years, with the latest data available on the percentage of the cohort who returned in the Fall 2016 semester.   It is noteworthy that in 2016, 89.2 % of advertising majors were retained from their first year, exceeding the University’s retention rate of 87.1%.  Not too far behind, 85% of first-year majors in both public relations and telecommunication and film majors returned for a second year.

*Updated August 14, 2018

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

Public
Relations
Advertising TCF Journalism All UA
Students
2011 74.5 64.3% 76.4% 61.0% 67.9%
2010 72.5% 70.0% 74.7% 75.2% 68.7%
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 2011 was at 67.9%, slightly lower than in 2010. It’s particularly noteworthy that of the students entering in 2011 majoring in public relations and telecommunication and film, about 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 retained and graduated.