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
2013-2014 71.8%
2012-2013 74.4%
2011-2012 66.9%
2010-2011 79%
2009-2010 84.8%
2008-2009 76.2%
2007-2008 82.8%
Average 77.9%

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
2008-09 cohort (2014) 26.3%
2007-08 cohort (2013) 32.6%
2006-07 cohort (2012) 33.3%
2005-06 cohort (2011) 38.7%
2004-05 cohort (2010) 45%
2003-04 cohort (2009) 40.28%
2002-03 cohort (2008) 40.3%
Average 39.5%

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