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 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
This table shows students retained Fall to Fall, with the latest data available on the percentage of the cohort who returned in the Fall 2020 semester.
*Updated July 26, 2022
Six-Year Graduation Rates for Full-Time, First-Time Undergraduates, Fall 2015 Cohort
|2015 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 (%)|
|Telecommunications and Film||139||86.3||84.2||79.1||62.6||77.0||77.7|
|C&IS Total **||487||86.9||81.7||75.4||64.1||74.3||75.4|
|University Total **||7,176||86.3||79.4||73.7||52.6||69.4||72.2|
**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|
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.
Assessment Plans for ACEJMC Accredited Programs