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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.

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 2022-2023 academic year. The ACEJMC has delayed all reviews by one year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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 News Media All UA
2018 89.2 88.2 87.3 86.9
2017 88.8 86.5 90.4 87.9
2016 85.6 89.2 78.5 87.1
2015 87.2 91.1 85.5 86.3
2014 88.1 84.1 84.1 86.5
2013 88.9 90.9 79.2 86.7
2012 90.2 83.7 85.2 87.0
2011 85.1 89.3 78.0 85.4
2010 84.4 87.5 82.2 86.5
2009 82.7 81.5 82.1 84.8
2008 80.2 85.7 81.1 83.5

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 2019 semester.

*Updated August 13, 2020

Six-Year Graduation Rates for Full-Time, First-Time Undergraduates, Fall 2013 Cohort



2013 Cohort C&IS Major Head Count Cont. 2nd Year (%) Cont. 3rd Year (%) Cont. 4th Year (%) Grad in 4 Years or Less (%) Grad in 5 Years or Less (%) Grad in 6 Years or Less (%)
Advertising 56 90.9 78.2 76.4 56.4 69.1 72.7
Journalism 96 79.2 77.1 67.7 60.4 67.7 67.7
Public Relations 126 88.9 86.5 79.4 73.8 81.0 81.7
Telecommunications and Film 107 88.7 83.0 76.4 62.3 72.6 74.5
C&IS Total ** 550 87.2 81.0 74.0 61.2 71.1 73.1
University Total ** 6,428 86.7 78.6 72.9 50.2 67.9 71.1

**Students are counted by first or second major in C&IS. If a student has two majors in C&IS they will be included in the rates for both majors. However, the ‘C&IS Total’ and ‘University Total’ rows are unique headcounts.

Average Time to Degree (in Calendar Year) for Master’s Students (JN and APR)

Journalism (Count) Journalism Mean Years APR (Count) APR Mean Years
2020 10 2.23 19 1.79
2019 13 2.1 11 2.24
2018 9 2 12 1.58
2017 10 2.36 12 1.39
2016 7 1.24 7 2.09
2015 10 1.47 18 1.59

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.