Seton Hall University this month joined a select group of universities around the world that have received Certification in Education for Public Relations (CEPR) from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).
The international recognition puts Seton Hall at the top of best places to study public relations in the world.
“This important endorsement of our academic program proves that Seton Hall is where leaders learn to be public relations professionals,” said Kathleen Donohue Rennie, Ph.D., APR, the Assistant Professor who heads the program. “It communicates what our students, our alumni and employers have known for some time…that the public relations education program at Seton Hall is stellar.”
Established in 1989, the CEPR is an external review of and endorsement for public relations education programs that meet specific standards of excellence in public relations education, including those for curriculum, faculty, resources/facilities, students, assessment, and diversity/global perspective.
The final report notes that Seton Hall’s public relations education program is “a very strong program that offers a thorough education to public relations students who, along with faculty, continue to raise the bar for public relations education.”
In presenting the certification to Seton Hall, Susan Gonders, Ed.D., PRSA Educational Affairs Committee Co-chair and Professor at Southeast Missouri State University, complimented the “very fine program” and noted that the PRSA review team was particularly impressed with the diversity of the Seton Hall public relations student body as well as the fact that all students receive a laptop computer when they enter the University.
“The CEPR is no easy thing to get,” said Judy Phair, APR, PRSA Educational Affairs Committee Co-chair and President of PhairAdvantage Communications LLC. “That only 34 schools have earned it is a testimony.”
“This accreditation elevates the status of a public relations degree from Seton Hall for current students and alumni,” said Melissa Murray, a senior at the University and President of the Seton Hall Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). Murray noted that the degree is already highly regarded by employers because of its advanced coursework, its stellar internship program, and a commitment to service learning that requires students to do public relations strategic planning for non-profit clients.
Ashley Manz, Immediate Past President of Seton Hall PRSSA and Associate Account Executive at Beckerman PR, agreed. “CEPR will help Seton Hall’s public relations program shine even brighter. It shows the world that Seton Hall is the place to become a PR superstar.”
“I couldn’t be more proud of my alma mater for earning this prestigious certification,” said Joan M. Bosisio, Group Vice President at Stern + Associates: Public Relations, Marketing + Digital, Adviser to Seton Hall PRSSA and Adjunct Professor of Public Relations at the University. “As a graduate of the program, I had a huge advantage entering the workforce. Now, as a recruiter and employer at Stern + Associates, I have further proof through CEPR that new professionals from Seton Hall are top notch.”
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