The thorough and detailed process of accreditation typically results in progress and improvement by each program, both through the internal self-study in preparation for accreditation review and through the insights of some 60 external evaluators nationwide.
The benefits of accreditation are clear.
Students in an accredited program can expect to find a challenging curriculum, appropriate resources and facilities, and a competent faculty. The faculty must be predominantly doctorate-holding with significant professional communication experience and established teaching credentials. Accredited programs may offer scholarships, internships, competitive prizes and other activities not available in non-accredited programs.
Accredited programs offer the assurance that they have beenevaluated by academic peers and leading practitioners and have met the tests of thenine accrediting standards. Media and mass communication professionals seeking to hire entry-level or more experienced candidates know that accredited programs prepare students with a solid professional education and a firm grounding in the liberal arts and sciences.
Accreditation, held by only two programs per state on the average, is a mark of prestige and stature that establishes an earned reputation for high standards. This is why accredited status is an important criterion in the evaluation by government agencies of proposals to fund scholarships and research.
To a public concerned about the performance of the media, accreditation offers an assurance that those entering journalism and mass communications are appropriately educated with an emphasis on the value of ethics and the strength of diversity.