Department of Journalism and Mass Communications

PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY

Departmental Retention and Graduation Rates

Mass Communications was the largest major in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences in the 2012-2013 academic year and the second largest major at Savannah State that year, the last year for which data is available. In 2012-2013, the department had a total of 430 majors or 8 percent of the University's total undergraduate enrollment. The unit maintained an average or above average retention rate for fall to fall, first time freshmen in the six-year cohort graduation rate, as well as in the overall graduation rate.

Retention for fall to fall freshmen:

Cohort
Dept. of Journalism & Mass Communications
SSU System Wide
USG Institution Specific
2012-2013 74.4%
2011-2012 66.9%
2010-2011 79% 70.6% 78.1%
2009-2010 84.8% 71.7% 79.3%
2008-2009 76.2% 70.9% 72.7%
2007-2008 82.8% 72.8% 73.0%
Average 77.9% 71.5% 75.7%

Savannah State University follows University System of Georgia requirements when reporting graduation rates, basing its percentage on a six-year period. The average of SSU's six-year graduation rate from the 2002-2003 cohort to 2006-2007 cohort is 32.1 percent compared to 39.5 percent for the Department of Mass Communications. The average graduation rate from 2002-2003 to 2006-2007 was 42.1 percent as shown in the chart below.

The following chart illustrates graduation rates for the department and for the University.

Cohort
Dept. of Journalism & Mass Communications
University Wide
Graduation Rate
2007-08 cohort (2013) 32.6% 32.6%
2006-07 cohort (2012) 33.3% 33.3%
2005-06 cohort (2011) 38.7% 30.2% 40.86%
2004-05 cohort (2010) 45% 34.7% 48.72%
2003-04 cohort (2009) 40.28% 29.2% 43.06%
2002-03 cohort (2008) 40.3% 34.5% 45%
Average 39.5% 32.1% 42.1%

Other Retention-Related Data:

  • Of the students who entered the 2007-2008 (2013) cohort, 50 percent are now classified as seniors, which indicates that the unit can potentially retain a 50 percent retention rate for this cohort.
  • Of the students who entered the 2008-2009 (2014) cohort, 43.51 percent are now classified as either juniors or seniors, which indicates that the unit can potentially retain a 50 percent retention rate for this cohort.
  • Of the students who entered the 2009-2010 (2015) cohort, 73 percent are either sophomores, juniors or seniors.