(Feb. 21, 2005) The Accrediting Council for Collegiate Graphic Communications (ACCGC) goes online at: http://www.gitasu.com/accgc
The Web site was set up to answer the many questions that are being asked about the ACCGC. It addresses its services and the advantages that professional accreditation brings to colleges and universities having programs in printing, publishing, graphic arts, graphic communication, and related disciplines.
The ACCGC recognizes that, "The goal of baccalaureate degree programs in graphic communications is to prepare students for productive technical, managerial, and/or marketing careers in this dynamic industry. The accreditation procedure was established to assist collegiate educators to develop and strengthen graphic communications academic programs whether the programs are separate majors, minors, or concentrations within an academic major, such as industrial technology."
Harvey Levenson, ACCGC president, said, "The ACCGC was really established for the graphic arts industry. Through the accreditation process we offer a rigorous "self-study" that programs go through in preparation for the accreditation review. We are committed to leading programs to graduate the most qualified students possible to join the various companies comprising the graphic communication industry. This relates to the service provider and vendor segments of the industry."
Additionally, Levenson said, "The accreditation process serves another very important purpose. It shows college and university administrations that there is an external, independent, body of experts from education and industry certifying the credibility and importance of graphic arts programs. At times when administrations are looking to cut programs to cut costs, graphic arts programs, and their laboratory intensiveness, are sometimes looked at first for such cuts. Accreditation is an endorsement of a program's importance to a professional field and is likely to curtail downsizing or elimination."
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