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Public Accountability

Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations

Student Retention Rates

Entering ClassFirst Year
Fall 2009
Fall 2010
Fall 2011
Fall 2012
Fall 2013
Fall 2014
Fall 2015
Fall 2016
Not yet available
  • Retention rates show the percentage of students who remain at an institution or in a major after they begin coursework. They are based on incoming freshman cohorts each fall.
  • Percentages include all students majoring in Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations.

Student Graduation Rates

Entering ClassFourth YearFifth Year
Fall 2006
Fall 2007
Fall 2008
Fall 2009
Fall 2010
Fall 2011
Fall 2012
Not yet available
  • Although, many students graduate in four years, some take five years or more.
  • Graduation rates are calculated by dividing the number of graduating students by the number of students in a cohort. They are based on incoming freshman cohorts each fall.

Internship Locations by Academic Year:

When Hiring, What do Employers Look For?

From January 9 to 13, 2013, Hart Research Associates conducted an online survey among 318 employers whose organizations have at least 25 employees and report that 25% or more of their new hires hold either an associate degree from a two-year college or a bachelor's degree from a four-year college. Respondents are executives at private sector and nonprofit organizations, including owners, CEOs, presidents, C-suite level executives, and vice presidents.

  • Nearly all employers surveyed (95%) say they give hiring preference to college graduates with skills that will enable them to contribute to innovation in the workplace.
  • Nearly all those surveyed (93%) say that "a demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than [a candidate's] undergraduate major."
  • More than 9 in 10 of those surveyed say it is important that those they hire demonstrate ethical judgment and integrity; intercultural skills; and the capacity for continued new learning.
  • More than 75% of employers say they want more emphasis on 5 key areas including:
    • critical thinking,
    • complex problem-solving,
    • written communication,
    • oral communication, and
    • applied knowledge in real-world settings.
  • Employers endorse several educational practices as potentially helpful in preparing college students for workplace success. These include practices that require students to
  • conduct research and use evidence-based analysis;
  • gain in-depth knowledge in the major and analytic, problem solving and communication skills; and
  • apply their learning in real-world settings.

It Takes More than a Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success. 2013. Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities and Hart Research Associates.