“This is great news and quite an honor,” said James Hawkins, dean of the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication (SJGC). The ACCGC is the “platinum standard” for collegiate graphic communication programs and only three programs have been accredited nationally.”
In addition to FAMU, Ferris State University and Cal Poly State University are the other universities that have met the rigorous standards.
Arvid Mukes, SJGC associate dean and director of the division of graphic communication, said the positive recommendation “indicates we’re providing the type of program that serves the graphic communication and printing industry well.”
Mukes also serves on the board of directors for the ACCGC.
The FAMU School of Journalism and Graphic Communication was founded in 1982. Its Division of Journalism was the first journalism program at a historically black university to be nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. It offers four journalism sequences: newspaper, magazine production, broadcast (television and radio) and public relations. The Accrediting Council on Collegiate Graphic Communication accredited the Division of Graphic Communication in 2002. It offers four major tracks: graphic design, printing production, printing management and photography.