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Public Accountability: SJMC student achievement data

The Drake School of Journalism and Mass Communication is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. ACEJMC requires its accredited programs to report to the public retention and graduation rates, as well as other relevant information about student achievement. This information must be updated by Aug. 15 each year. Following is the most recent student achievement information available for the Drake SJMC.

Retention rates of entering first-year students

Entering class Drake overall SJMC
2009-10 84.7% 84.1%
2010-11 87.7 88.7
2011-12 87.8 90.3


Six-year completion rates

Entering class Drake overall SJMC
2004 75.1% 77.2%
2005 77.6 81.0
2006 74.5 74.5


Four-year completion rates

Entering class Drake overall SJMC
2004 65.1% 73.9%
2005 68.9 76.2
2006 66.4 67.0


Fall semester SJMC enrollment

Level Status 2012 2011 2010 2009
Undergraduate Full-time 288 317 354 420
  Part-time 5 7 7 10
  Total 293 324 361 430
Graduate Full-time 0 0 0 0
  Part-time 17 6 5 15
  Total 17 6 5 15


In addition, about half of SJMC students also receive a second major or degree in another academic unit, such as Arts and Sciences or the College of Business and Public Administration.

Percentage of SJMC seniors reporting at least one internship/professionally oriented work experience while at Drake (most report multiple internships):

2012: 98%
2013: 93%

SJMC graduate “accomplishment rate” — percentage of undergraduates reporting being employed, enrolled in graduate or professional school, enrolled in an activity related to professional goals, such as volunteerism or internship, within six months of graduation — as reported by Drake Professional and Career Development Services:

Year Drake overall SJMC
2009-10 96.1% 95.8%
2010-11 97.3 95.5
2011-12 98.7 100


Examples of 2012 graduates’ employment:

Associate social media editor, Martha Stewart Omnimedia, NYC
Special projects, Missouri Division of Tourism
Assistant men’s hockey coach, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, VT
Editorial intern, Fast Company, NYC
Data analyst, Meredith Corp.
Account coordinator, Strategic America
Partner in Training, Finn Partners, Chicago
Teach in China Program
Social media assistant, NBC News, NYC
Graphic design assistant, Orchestrate Hospitality, DM
Education & outreach coordinator, Metro Arts Alliance, DM
Manager of electronic media, TransWood Carriers, Omaha
Graphic designer, Medline Industries, DM
Recruiting coach, NCSA Athletic Recruiting, Chicago
News producer, WHO-TV, DM
Carrier sales rep, C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Eden Prairie, MN
Video production, Missouri Mavericks, Kansas City
Designer, Seventeen Magazine, NYC
Human Resources associate, Goodrich Engine Components, WDM
Sports information assistant, University of Tulsa
Corporate event staff, Windy City Fieldhouse, Chicago
Unit communicator, John Deere, DM
PR account coordinator, Strategic America
Project manager, Groundswell Public Strategies, DM
Communications specialist, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, DM
Missionary, Fellowship of Catholic University Students, Golden, CO
Director of Corporate Comm., EOD Technology, Indian Head, MD
Junior copywriter, The Escape Pod, Chicago
Manager of Marketing and Administration, TRANSEARCH Intl., Chicago
Producer, WHO-HD, DM
Multimedia producer, WHO-TV, DM
Web production assistant, F+W Media, Boulder, CO
Design/promotions, Des Moines Radio Group, DM
Videographer, ZLR Ignition, DM
Real estate tax, Wells Fargo, DM
Multimedia fellow, Scripps Howard Foundation, DC
Executive assistant, FLO(thinkery) music PR, Nashville
Advertising coordinator, Principal Financial, DM
Account coordinator, Critical Mass, Nashville
Media fellow, Public Radio International, Minneapolis
News photographer, KCCI-TV, DM
Communications coordinator, POPAI, Chicago
Editorial intern, Chronicle of Higher Education, DC
Marketing assistant, U.S. Federal Credit Union, Minneapolis
Account service, Integer Group, DM
Marketing assistant, Cassidy Turley, Colorado Springs
Freelance designer, Victoria’s Secret, NYC
Marketing coordinator, Merit Resources, DM
Communications manager, Sigma Phi Epsilon National Fraternity, VA
Social Media Specialist, Men’s Wearhouse, San Francisco
Corporate affairs intern, Olson, Chicago
Marketing communications coordinator, Lutheran Social Services, DM
Enterprise site operations assistant, Meredith Corp.
Editor, Facets Magazine, Chicago
Videographer, Championship Productions, DM
Internet marketing specialist, ShopNBC, Minneapolis
Copywriter, Trilix, DM
Interactive design, Vibes Media, Chicago
Reporter, Junction City Daily Union, KS
Ghost Communications, Minneapolis
Big Machines Cloud Computing, Chicago
Accountant, Sheraton, WDM
Graphic designer, Amato Automotive Group, Milwaukee
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