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PRSA 2017 International Conference

The Spirit of Revolution: Communications in the 21st Century

Oct. 8–10 | Boston

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Accreditation Readiness Review: The Path to Success

Your Society at Work

Hosted by the Universal Accreditation Board (UAB).

Intimidated by the Readiness Review portion of the Universal Accreditation process? Gain confidence as you review the pathway to Accreditation in Public Relations. A 20-minute role-play takes a humorous look at the challenges faced by candidates and panelists.

Session Materials

Final Presentation

(Available to registered attendees only. Register now!)


Susan G. Barnes, APR, Fellow PRSA, instructor, Belmont University

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Barnes serves as vice-chair of the Universal Accreditation Board. She has taught public relations and journalism for more than 20 years. She has served as Accreditation chair for the Nashville Chapter of PRSA, and is in her second term with the UAB.


Janet Kacskos, APR, Fellow PRSA, director of communications, Millersville University

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Janet Kacskos, APR, is director of communications at Millersville University, and chairs the Universal Accreditation Board (UAB). She has more than 15 years of public relations experience, serving as director of communications for Metropolitan State College of Denver, and at National University in San Diego. She was also a working journalist and has worked in high tech public relations, assisting Fortune500 clients. She brings extensive experience in the areas of media training, media relations, executive writing, communications counsel, and strategy and crisis public relations.

John E. Forde, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA, professor and head, department of communication, Mississippi State University

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Forde has been teaching at Mississippi State University in the Department of Communication since 1987. He became head of the department in 2004, and continues to teach Principles of Public Relations, both in person and online. The department of 600 majors and 28 faculty includes concentrations in public relations, broadcasting, journalism, theatre and communication studies. He previously served as coordinator of the public relations concentration and the internship program.