Retention and Graduation Rates

Department of Journalism and Strategic Media faculty and staff have an excellent record of helping students to succeed in our program. In 2014, the Department received special recognition from the College of Communication and Fine Arts for its academic advising. The Department is consistently among the best in the university for its 6-year graduation rate.

Retention

Data from the University of Memphis Office of Institutional Research show the percentage of students as retained by the Department of Journalism and Strategic Media as they progressed through the program. Because the university limits freshmen on declaring a major, cohort level data is based on a student's declaration in a JRSM major.

Undergraduate 
Cohort
2nd year
3rd year
4th year
2012        
87.1%
82.2%
78.7%
2013            
84.7%
78.8%
77.2%
2014
86.2%
81.1%
54.9%*
2015
87.7%
45%*
TBD
2016
TBD*
TBD
TBD

 

Graduate
Cohort
2nd year
2012
83.1%
2013
73.0%
2014
79.1%
2015
87.1%
2016
 TBD
2017
 TBD

 

* Notes: Beginning in Fall 2016, Journalism and Strategic Media transitioned from a journalism major with concentrations in advertising, news and public relations to three majors of advertising, journalism and public relations. Because many students transferred majors within JRSM to take advantage of this opportunity, retention data from 2014 onward is incomplete at the present time. Historical data may change over time to reflect students who left JRSM and returned.


 Graduation

Data from the University of Memphis Office of Institutional Research show the number of degrees in the Department of Journalism and Strategic Media awarded per academic year.

Year
BA
MA
2012-13
67
13
2013-14
68
14
2014-15
58
12
2015-16
79
15
2016-17
74
11

 

Data from the University of Memphis Office of Institutional Research show the average years to the degree since joining the Department of Journalism and Strategic Media (JRSM) and the since joining the university measured in the year of graduation. Many students enter the university without a major and choose it within the first year. Additionally, the university has a high percentage of students who enter as transfers with community college or other university credit.

Undergraduate Graduation Year
JRSM
University
2012-13
4.13
5.72
2013-14
3.66
4.54
2014-15
2.71
 2.70
2015-16
3.49
4.25
2016-17
TBD
TBD

 

Master's Graduation Year 
JRSM
University
 2012-13
 3.96
 4.81
 2013-14
 3.66
 3.57
 2014-15
 2.71
 2.71
 2015-16
 3.13
 3.83
2016-17
TBD
TBD

 

Graduate Certificate 
Graduation Year
JRSM
University
2015-16
2.0
12.5
2016-17
TBD
TBD

 

Data from the University of Memphis Office of Institutional Research show the six-year graduation rates for first-time freshmen graduating from the Department of Journalism and Strategic Media and the four-year graduation rates for transfer students, as compared to similar data for the College of Communication and Fine Arts.

Freshman Cohort Entering
JRSM 4-year
CCFA 4-year
JRSM 6-year
CCFA 6-year
Fall 2009
25.5%
14.9%
63.8%
29.8%
Fall 2010
30.8%
9.60%
67.3%
21.2%
Fall 2011
19.2%
5.8%
59.6%
21.2%
Fall 2012
41.8%
12.7%
TBD
TBD
Fall 2013
35.3%
13.7%
TBD
TBD
Fall 2014
TBD
TBD
TBD
TBD

 


Transfer Students Entering
JRSM 2-year
CCFA 2-year
JRSM 4-year
CCFA 4-year
 
 Fall 2011
14.7%
 14.7%
 52.9%%
 47.1%
 
 Fall 2012
 5.9%
 5.9%
 35.3%
 23.5%
 
 Fall 2013
 10.0%
 10.0%
 36.7%
 36.7%
 
Fall 2014
14.8%
11.1%
TBD
TBD
 
Fall 2015
4.8%
4.8%
TBD
TBD
 
Fall 2016
TBD
TBD
TBD
TBD
 


*TBD=To Be Determined


 Job Placement

According to the most recent ASJMC Survey, 75 percent of University of Memphis Journalism and Strategic Media bachelor's graduates had at least one job offer at the time of graduation compared to 74 percent nationwide; and 75 percent of the University of Memphis bachelor's graduates were employed full time compared to just 57 percent of a national sample. According to a survey of 2014-2016 graduates from the Department of Journalism and Strategic Media, 86% were currently employed.