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.
Beginning August 15, 2017, the Department of Journalism and Creative Media will offer two revised majors—news media and creative media. The Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC) accredits the news media major as well as majors in the 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|
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 2015 semester. It is noteworthy that the first-year retention rates of both public relations and advertising majors exceeded the University’s retention rate of 86.3%. Not too far behind, 85% of first-year majors in both journalism and 86% of telecommunication and film majors returned for a second year.
*Updated August 10, 2017
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 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|
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.