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School of Journalism & Broadcasting

SJ&B Student Facts

The Western Kentucky University School of Journalism & Broadcasting's reputation for excellence and tradition of success continue to attract outstanding faculty and top students from across the nation. The School boasts 26 Pulitzer Prize winners among its alumni and faculty while WKU students consistently place near the top of the overall William Randolph Hearst Competition and have finished first 22 of the past 26 years in the photojournalism category of that contest.

As one of only seven Programs of Distinction in Kentucky the School's mission is enhanced through support for the Center for 21st Century Media, the Continuing Media Education Institute and the Kentucky High School Media Institute. The School also features the Mountain Photography Workshops, Imagewest, a student advertising and public relations agency, the WWHR national student radio station and professional television and photography studios. Students are afforded extracurricular opportunities including our award-winning student newspaper, yearbook, newscast, and the Emmy Award winning public television station and public radio network. The School also provides students with numerous internship, workshop and international experiences. We are dedicated to making sure that our students have every opportunity to become leaders in their chosen professions. 

 

WKU SJ&B Undergraduate Enrollment*

  Fall 2016 Fall 2015 Fall 2014 Fall 2013 Fall 2012 Fall 2011 Fall 2010
Advertising 107 97 104 132 118 129 132
Broadcasting 281 281 301 312 329 340 324
Film n/a 149 153 154 103 117 32***
Mass Communication n/a 5 16 23 22 26 28
News/Editorial 13 30 62 94 125 120 144
Journalism 93 65 38*** n/a n/a n/a n/a
Photojournalism 102 111 106 128 136 171 170
Public Relations 139 131 131 115 121 119 100
Total 735 869 911 958 954 1022 930
*Official university enrollments do not include second majors.
**Anticipated enrollment as of 07/22/2014.
***1st term offered.

 

 

WKU SJ&B Student Retention Rates

  First Year Second Year Third Year
Entering Class WKU SJ&B WKU SJ&B WKU SJ&B
2008 73.66% 72.73% 63.70% 61.57% 57.81% 57.02%
2009 73.68% 78.60% 63.43% 69.77% 58.21% 64.65%
2010 73.18% 80.98% 64.36% 74.15% 58.32% 66.83%
2011 71.34% 76.39% 63.19% 68.67% 56.95% 63.95%
2012 71.72% 75.96% 63.75% 60.87% 57% 56.7%
2013 73.07% 76.60% 60.91% 65.25% 53.7% 56.8%
2014 72.4% 77.9% n/a*   n/a* n/a*  n/a* 
*data not available as of 08/12/2016 

 

WKU SJ&B Graduation Rates

  Third Year Fourth Year Fifth Year Sixth Year
Entering Class  WKU SJ&B WKU SJ&B WKU SJ&B  WKU SJ&B 
2006 .20% n/a* 26.58% 31.97% 44.69% 52.04%    
2007 .46% .41% 25.29% 33.88% 45.19% 46.69%    
2008 .81% .83% 26.54% 30.58% 44.32% 46.69%    
2009 1.29% .93% 27.31% 36.74% 45.18% 55.81% 50.0% 61.3%
2010 1.49% 2.44% 30.14% 38.54% n/a* 70.14% n/a*   n/a*
2011 1.03% .86% n/a* 58.27% n/a* n/a* n/a* n/a
 *data not available as of 08/12/2016 


WKU SJ&B Five Year Graduate Trends

  AY 2012-2013 AY 2013-2014 AY 2014-2015

AY 2015-2016

AY 2016-2017
Advertising 20 30 29 23 27
Broadcasting 61 53 47 45 61
Journalism *na *na *na *na 2
News/Editorial Journalism 20 13 19 9 10
Photojournalism 14 11 12 7 13
Public Relations 35 22 21 27 35
Total 154 129 127 111 102
* Journalism (736) is a new program effective Fall 2014.







 

 

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Accreditation Complaints Statement

 NOTICE TO STUDENTS

The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication invites all students and other persons to report incidents in which they can present evidence that a journalism/mass communications unit has violated accreditation standards.

The School of Journalism and Broadcasting at Western Kentucky University, like all other accredited units, is required to inform all students of this invitation.

Such reports must be made in writing to:

Christopher Callahan, Chair, Accrediting Committee
Dean and University Vice Provost
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Arizona State University
555 N. Central Ave., Suite 302
Phoenix, AZ 85004-1248
(602)496-5012 Fax: (602)496-5116
Christopher.callahan@asu.edu
(Term expires 2017)

MC maintains records of all complaints it receives and their resolution. The School of Journalism and Broadcasting is required to maintain records of student complaints and their resolution.

A copy of the accreditation standards is available in the department office.

For more information, click the link below to go directly to the ACEJMC Homepage.

ACEJMC HOMEPAGE

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 Last Modified 8/15/17