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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 2014 73.8% 83.8% 65.6% 84.4% 64.3% 58.3%
Fall 2015 74.6% 80.0% 67.4% 81.6% 45.6% 70.8%
 Fall 2016 72.4% 79.4%  57.6%  84.0%  56.6% 71.0% 
 Fall 2017  74.4%  88.9%  67.5% 72.7%  59.7%  66.7% 
 Fall 2018  77.7% 87.1%  68.4% 74.2%   -  -
 Fall 2019  80.5%  85.7%  -  -  -  -

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 journalism and strategic communication majors.

3rd Year  4th Year 5th Year 6th Year
USD  Department  USD Department USD Department USD Department
Fall 2012 2.5% 5.9% 40.0% 55.9% 54.1% 64.7% 57.6% 67.6%
Fall 2013 2.5% 5.0% 41.6% 50.0% 56.5% 60.0% 58.8% 65.0%
 Fall 2014  2.8% 3.8% 42.9% 46.2% 56.5% 57.7%  59.6% 61.5%
 Fall 2015  3.4% 8.0%  42.9%  57.1%  64.0%   -  -  -
 Fall 2016  4.1% 6.5%  44.3%  45.2%   -  -  -  -