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The School of Journalism is fully accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Accreditation is like a Good Housekeeping Seal of approval.  It ensures that journalism schools are well-governed, diverse, public-service oriented, offer small classes and assess student achievement.  Only 111 journalism schools are accredited nationwide.  Our school is one of five accredited in Illinois; none is accredited in St. Louis.  

ACEJMC officials will revisit the campus in February, 2014.

Past ACEJMC teams praised the school's "solid instructional foundation that does well by its students." They also commended the "highly productive," "exceptionally qualified and committed faculty."

As part of the accreditation process, the School maintains an updated Strategic Plan that lays out goals for the next five years.  It also has an assessment plan to measure whether the School is teaching the key competencies to students.  The latest report shows that students make progress on grammar, writing, law and ethics.

The School of Journalism is proud of its retention and graduation rates, which reflect the dedication and professionalism of the school's faculty and the high caliber of our students.

Student Retention Rates

Entering Class

Cohort

Retention Rate

2000

45

35.56%

2001

44

43.18%

2002

51

52.94%

2003

49

65.31%

2004

52

53.85%

2005

47

46.81%

2006

33

57.58%

2007

34

65.71%

2008

79

74.68%

2009

54

64.81%

2010

37

75.67%

2011

60

68.33%

2012

51

78.43

2013

38 81.58%

2014

62

80.65%

2015

31

80.65%
  • Journalism cohorts are composed of new on-campus students for the listed fall semester.  The retention rate of those students is the number of the initial cohort that returned the following fall semester.  For example in fall of 2011, 33 new students entered the School of Journalism and of that number, 21 students returned to the institution in the fall of 2012.
  • High retention rates indicate student satisfaction with an institution or program.
  • Percentages include all specializations, including advertising, news and editorial, photojournalism, new media producer and sports media.

Student Graduation Rates

Entering Class

Cohort

Graduation Rate

2000

45

35.56%

2001

44

43.18%

2002

51

52.94%

2003

83

71%

2004

88

61%

2005

80

53%

2006

57

66%

2007

67

64%

2008

79

62%

2009

54

59%

2010

37

65%

2011

60

Not yet available

2012

51

Not yet available

2013

38

Not yet available

2014

62

Not yet available

2015

31

Not yet available
  • Graduation rates are calculated by dividing the number of graduating students by the number of students in a cohort. They are based on incoming freshman cohorts each fall.  
  • Graduation rates reflect a commitment to ensuring that students successfully complete their degrees and are based on a six-year rate, i.e. the rate reflects the number of freshman who graduated within a six-year period.
  • Percentages include all specializations, including  advertising, news and editorial, photojournalism, new media producer and sports media.

The accrediting body is located at the University of Kansas, School of Journalism Stauffer-Flint Hall, Lawrence, Kansas 66045.

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