Cal Poly Graphic Communication Department Earns National Re-Accreditation

About the Accrediting Council for Collegiate Graphic Communications, Inc.
The council’s mission is to provide viable, credible and defensible accreditation standards that can be used to promote and encourage sound associate- and baccalaureate-level education programs in graphic communication. In the accreditation process, the council strives to stimulate the exchange of ideas between administrative and instructional personnel in academia and within the graphic communication industry.

The council reviews qualitative and quantitative evidence obtained through the self-study and facts substantiated by a three-member campus visitation team. The academic program is evaluated in 14 areas: Mission Statements and Curricular Outcomes, Competency Identification and Assessment, Governance/Administration, Financial Support, Equipment and Facilities, Staff Support Services, Curriculum, Instruction and Evaluation, Internships/Practicums/Cooperative Study, Industry Advisory Committee(s), Faculty, Faculty Evaluation, Student Records and Advising, and Graduate Placement and Follow-up.

Cal Poly’s is one of eight baccalaureate-level, graphic communication-related programs nationwide to receive accreditation. The other programs are at Ferris State University, Florida A&M University, California University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania College of Technology, University of Wisconsin-Stout, New York City College of Technology, and University of Houston. The Graphic Arts Technology associate level program at Rock Valley College, Rockford, Illinois is currently under accreditation review by ACCGC.

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About Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication Department
Founded in 1946, the department is one of the largest and best-known programs of its kind in the nation. It includes concentrations in graphic communication management, web and digital media, design reproduction technology, graphics for packaging and individualized study.

The program is strongly supported by industry with grants and endowments as well as equipment, supplies and software for the department’s more than 33,000 square feet of modern laboratories.

The Graphic Communication Institute at Cal Poly ( focuses on services for industry, including research, testing, product evaluations, consulting, training, seminars, workshops, and conferences.