Public Accountability – Graduation Rates

The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, or ACEJMC, requires its accredited programs to publish retention and graduation data on their websites and to update the information annually.

The following information has been compiled by the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications’ Office of Undergraduate Affairs and Enrollment Management.

Retention Rates:

Retention to graduation for students who declare a College of Journalism and Communications major in their third year (n=593): 4-year: 71.7%, 6-year: 85%

Graduation Rate for 2007 cohort:

Graduation rates for a major (as opposed to a university) are assessed in two ways.  One method is to calculate the graduation rate as the percentage of students entering a college in their first year at the institution.  The second is to assess the graduation rates of students who have declared a major in the college by their third year (when most students have finally settled on a major course of study).

For a college, a graduation rate is not a measure of whether a student receives a degree.  It is a measure of whether a student receives a degree in that particular college.  Many of the students at UF who enter our College as freshmen and don’t receive a College of Journalism and Communications degree do in fact graduate.  Because they have changed majors, their degrees are awarded by other UF colleges.

With these things in mind, the College of Journalism and Communications graduation rates are as follows: Graduation rates for students entering the College of Journalism and Communications in their first year at UF (n = 514):

4-year:  54.5%, 6-year 61.3%

Graduation and Retention Rates:

Based on an initial master’s enrollment of 66 for the Fall 2012 master’s cohort, the one-year retention rate in Fall 2013 was 77% (57 students).

Based on an initial master’s enrollment of 47 for the Fall 2011 master’s cohort, the one-year retention rate in Fall 2012 was 97.8% (46 students) and the two-year graduation rate in Fall 2013 was 76.6% (36 students).

Based on an initial master’s enrollment of 46 for the Fall 2010 master’s cohort, the one-year retention rate in 2012 was 84.7% and the two-year graduation rate in 2012 was 63%. The three-year graduation rate in 2013 was 86.9%.