DURHAM, N.C., March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading Christian higher education resource, Christian Universities Online (http://www.christianuniversitiesonline.org/), has published a ranking of the Top 10 Communication and Journalism Degree Programs 2017.
For this ranking, members of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) or schools that could be considered member eligible were evaluated for degree programs in the fields of communications and journalism. Christian Colleges Online then collected publicly available data in the following six categories: 1) number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the field of communications or journalism; 2) faculty-to-student ratio; 3) percent of full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid; 4) selectivity; 5) overall retention rate; and 6) overall graduation rate. Equal weight was assigned to each of these categories with the exception of the number of degree programs, which was given a slightly higher weight than the others.
Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, claimed the top spot on the list. Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, and Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, placed in second and third place, respectively. The ranking can be viewed at http://www.christianuniversitiesonline.org/top-10-communication-and-journalism-degree-programs-2017/.
Other schools making the list include (in alphabetical order):
Abilene Christian University - Abilene, Texas
Azusa Pacific University - Azusa, California
Calvin College - Grand Rapids, Michigan
Cedarville University - Cedarville, Ohio
Eastern University - Saint Davids, Pennsylvania
George Fox University - Newberg, Oregon
Liberty University - Lynchburg, Virginia
Gary Orr, editor for the ranking, states that its goal is to highlight schools that excel in their educational offerings in communications and journalism. The wide range of media outlets available has opened wide the field of communications, providing the public with a vast assortment of sources for news and information-- a situation that creates both opportunities and pitfalls. "In this media climate, journalism and communications programs at Christian colleges have a responsibility to hold the bar high," says Orr. He adds, "Journalism and communications have been a hotly debated topic now for well over a year, particularly in the wake of the 2016 presidential election. The proliferation of misleading--or outright false--information, is calling into question the integrity of media sources, both traditional and non-traditional. Mistrust of the mainstream media, along with the explosion of alternative sources for news, creates a climate in which journalists with a high level of professionalism, proper training, and integrity will be more important than ever. Christian colleges and universities have a wonderful opportunity to train and shape the kind of media professionals who are committed to disseminating good information to the public. While industry shakeout may be inevitable, there is nevertheless a golden opportunity for students with a strong character, a sense of morality and ethics, and a passion for equitable reporting to excel in this new atmosphere."
Christian Universities Online (http://www.christianuniversitiesonline.org/) is an online resource for students and families researching Christian higher education. The site publishes rankings and reviews of the best Christian colleges and universities, information about Christian scholarships and financial aid, and many other resources for finding, getting into, and paying for a quality Christian education.
Michael Templeton, editor
Christian Universities Online
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