KPU Public Relations program recognized for excellence

Tue, Aug 6, 2013

Metro Vancouver, BC – KPU public relations program has been officially labelled with a “Seal of Recognition” for providing students with an excellent quality of education in communications. Created by the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS), the recognition - valid for a five-year term - was presented to the university at the CPRS National Conference in Ottawa this June.

“The recognition of KPU's Public Relations Diploma program by the Canadian Public Relations Society communicates to our current, former and future students that our program is recognized for its currency and quality of education in preparing them to practice public relations, whether in the private, public or not-for-profit sectors, or as independent consultants,” says program coordinator Sabrina Del Monte.

Only five institutions in the country have public relations programs that are officially recognized by the CPRS: Mount Saint Vincent University (Halifax), Conestoga College (Kitchener), the University of Victoria, McMaster University (Hamilton) and KPU. One in four English universities offering public relations and communications management programs have voluntarily sought and attained a level of recognition under the CPRS Pathways to the Profession™ framework, which outlines how post-secondary institutions can best prepare students with the knowledge and skillset needed for successful industry employment. Programs are evaluated on various criteria, including how they meet the changing needs of the profession, and whether they match the organization’s values of ethical practice.

“Acknowledgement of our program's alignment with CPRS's Pathways to the Profession™ gives potential employers confidence that KPU PR graduates are well-prepared in the study and practice of public relations upon successful completion of our diploma program. This acknowledgement also complements the mission of KPU and its School of Business to offer current and quality courses and programs at the highest professional standards across all disciplines,” says Del Monte.

The CPRS is a not-for-profit organization that works to maintain the highest standards in Canadian public relations. For more information, visit: For more on KPU’s public relations programs, visit:

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