The Department of Media & Journalism is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. As a nationally-accredited program, student success is closely monitored. Both retention and graduation rates are good indicators of student satisfaction.

Public Accountability: Student Success Rates

Retention

Retention rates show the percentage of students who remain at an institution or in a major after they begin coursework.

1st Year 2nd Year 3rd Year
Entering USD Department USD Department USD Department
Fall 2013 73% 82.1% 64.6% 87.8% 57.7% 80.6%
Fall 2014 73.8% 83.8% 65.6% 84.4%
Fall 2015 74.6% 80%

Graduation

Graduation rates reflect a commitment to ensuring that students successfully complete their degrees. The graduation rate is calculated by dividing the number of graduating students by the number of students in a cohort. The media and journalism percentages include advertising, electronic media, journalism, public relations and strategic communication majors.

3rd Year  4th Year 5th Year 6th Year
USD  Department  USD Department USD Department USD Department
Fall 2011 9.8% 20% 80.1% 100% 98.2% - 99.5% -
Fall 2012 9.2% 15.6% 78.6% 75% 12.2% 6.3%% - -
Fall 2013 16.1% 17.6% 83.7% 82.4% - - - -