School of VCD among top-rated in country

Taylor Titus

The School of Visual Communication Design was recently ranked as one of the top communication design schools, according to

“We are honored to be ranked alongside institutions, such as the Pratt Institute, but we have always known of the strong and distinguished program VCD offers,” said Jennifer Kramer, College of Communication and Information director of public relations and marketing communications, in an e-mail interview.

According to, the website offers its users solutions to daily problems. It is also a resource for future students to research the quality of different programs.

The eHow article recommends students seek out their choice of top-ranking colleges offering communication design programs. The article did not include any information on its methodology of the rankings.

Kramer first received a Google Alert about the article at the end of January.

Frederick Rugg’s 27th edition of “Rugg’s Recommendations on the Colleges” also listed the school as a top program.

“When anyone does hard work and someone recognizes it, it’s exciting,” said AnnMarie LeBlanc, director of the School of Visual Communication Design.

The school is accredited with the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The school passed NASAD’s rigorous accreditation process.

“Our reputation is naturally born of quality,” LeBlanc said. “I think that is what ranks us above other schools.”

The school works with online listings to promote its programs.

“It’s awesome,” said Dan Ross, a senior visual communication design major. “I knew the school was in at least the top 10, but I didn’t know it was in the top four. I got accepted into seven different design schools, but Kent was the best bang for my buck.”

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