NEW YORK: The number of PR candidates approved by the Universal Accreditation Board (UAB), as well as those advancing through portions of its approval process, decreased during this year's first quarter in comparison to the same period in 2007.
The number of candidate applications received during the first quarter of 2008 dropped about 8% from the same time in 2007. In addition, the number of candidates participating in the UAB's Readiness Review, an early stage of APR accreditation, fell 15% during that time, according to statistics provided by the group.
"We have to keep in mind that these are one quarter's worth of statistics in a time of the year when many people are just getting involved with their fiscal years or program years," said Michael Tullier, the group's 2008 chairman. "Historically speaking, our first and fourth quarters are not our strongest."
The UAB expects interest to increase during the middle of the year, he added.
Candidates advancing from the Readiness Review process dropped 12% from Q1 2007, while the number of candidates passing the group's computer-based accreditation exam fell 16%. The number of candidates completing the computer-based test increased by 1%.