Enrollment, Retention, Graduation, and Placement 

CMU's Department of Journalism is one of only two nationally accredited mass communications programs in Michigan. As part of the standards issued by ACEJMC (Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication), retention, graduation and placement information is to be made available to the public on this website. Most of the information is compiled by CMU's Office of Institutional Research and represents the best available data for each category. The placement category represents a combination of department-gathered information.

Number of majors

In Fall 2017, the department had 281 majors across its four sequences. Those include advertising, journalism, photo-journalism, and journalism-public relations. In addition, the department has about 78 journalism minors. The program also serves as a key interdisciplinary partner in the Integrated Public Relations program, the Multimedia Design program, and the Public Affairs program. The number of majors has been steady in the past three years, though the emphasis has changed. Advertising is now the single-largest major in the department, followed by journalism, photojournalism, and journalism-PR. 

Retention and graduation rates 

The department's persistence rates are highlights. Persistence is defined as the percentage of students who return the next year to continue their studies. The second-year persistence rate in our majors for 2016-2017, the most recent academic year available, is 85.7 percent. The department recognizes we must continually strive to improve those percentages. 

The department has consistently exceeded both the university and college in graduation rates, defined as how long it takes a student to graduate. The latest available information, for the cohort year of 2014-2015, shows 63.6 percent of department majors graduated in four years. The department's No. 1 priority is to graduate students both on time and prepared to begin their mass communication careers. 

Placement Data

To assess placement, the department surveys faculty members and recent graduates, as well as looks for publicly available information on career-related announcements involving journalism graduates. Faculty members are surveyed because they frequently are in touch with recent students about their career aspirations and serve as references, etc. The latest available placement data, which covers the 2017-2018 academic year, is that 94 percent of department majors were employed, in graduate school or in a situation they favored. Six percent reported being in jobs not related to their fields of study. Recent graduates have gone everywhere from a video game review digital magazine in New York City to police reporter in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to public relations in Detroit to advertising in New York state. 

Student Focus 

The department and its faculty are student focused, with their success being the top priority. This is accomplished in a variety of ways: 

* Hands-on Advising: The unit's faculty and staff provide hands-on attention to students, working with them individually through personalized academic and careers advising to enable them discover their aspirations and their strengths. 

* Committed Faculty: Journalism faculty members bring to the classroom years of combined professional experience across a variety of media-related disciplines. They provide students with essential insights into specific careers and contacts throughout the media industries. They also update curriculum on a regular basis, introducing new courses and working with students to build their brands and their entrepreneurial ability. 

* Internships and Career Placements: An academic adviser works specifically with students on internships and career placements, liaising with alumni and employers to obtain high-caliber internships for students and jobs for emerging graduates. 

* Relevant experiences: Students can engage in extra-curricular activities such as workshops and conferences run by professional organizations. They also can engage in co-curricular activities such as the Grand Central e-zine practicum and work on Central Michigan Life, the campus student publication. The department provides monetary support for student travel to conferences such as the Society of Professional Journalists' Mark of Excellence Awards competition, the AdFed competition, and the Michigan Press Association, Michigan Press Photographers Association, National Press Photographers Association, and the Online News Association conventions. 

* Awards and Scholarships: The unit offers nearly $40,000 in awards and scholarships to students in the program and hosts an annual Awards and Scholarships Luncheon to honor award-winning students. 

* Open-door policies and 24/7 availability: Faculty are always available for consultation via their 24/7 availability to all students via email, phone calls and on-campus presence. The chair has an open-door policy and readily responds to student calls.

Contacts and more information

For information on ACEJMC accountability and disclosure standards, please visit: http://www2.ku.edu/~acejmc/BREAKING/Instructions_for_Standard_6_Indicator_e).pdf

For information about Central Michigan University retention rates, please visit: https://www.cmich.edu/office_provost/academic_administration/OIR/Factbook/Student/Pages/Student_Performance.aspx#Retention

If you would like more information or have questions, please contact Dr. Edgar Simpson, simps1e@cmich.edu.