CJ Public Accountability

We're accredited!

We are proud to be one of approximately 100 programs in the United States to be accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC). Being accredited means we have met the standards set by a review board of some of the best faculty from fellow accredited colleges and universities. Our curriculum challenges and gives our students the foundation they need to enter the communication and journalism field post-graduation.

Understanding retention rates

Retention statistics track students who begin as incoming first-year students with majors in communication, journalism, or integrated strategic communication to determine what percentage continue as majors in communication, journalism, or integrated strategic communication in their second, third and fourth years.

Year Cohort Size
Retained 2
Retained 3
Retained 4
Fall 2015 49 69.4%    
Fall 2014 34 73.5% 52.9%  
Fall 2013 43 65.1% 53.5% 41.9%
Fall 2012 49 67.3% 49.0% 38.8%
Fall 2011 46 56.5% 47.8% 50.0%
Fall 2010 56 57.1% 46.4% 42.9%
Fall 2009 53 69.8% 56.6% 52.8%
Fall 2008 66 63.6% 43.9% 43.9%
Fall 2007 64 62.5% 39.1% 45.3%
Fall 2006 52 65.4% 46.2% 46.2%
Fall 2005 79 60.8% 41.8% 43.0%

Understanding graduation rates

Graduation statistics track students who begin as incoming first-year students with majors in communication, journalism, or integrated strategic communication to determine what percentage complete their degrees within four years in a major in communication, journalism, or integrated strategic communication. This chart also provides data for five and six year graduation rates.

  • This data does not account for students who begin their education in another major or as an undeclared major, but later complete their communication and journalism degrees in four, five, or six years at the university.
  • This data also does not account for students who transfer to UW-Eau Claire and then complete their communication and journalism degrees in four, five, or six total years.
  • Students who begin as communication and journalism majors but later change their majors and graduate from UW-Eau Claire in four, five or six years are not counted as graduating in this data.
Year Cohort size
Grad 4 years
Grad 5 years
Grad 6 years
Fall 2012 43 46.9%    
Fall 2011 46 39.1% 50.0%  
Fall 2010 56 39.3% 46.4% 46.4%
Fall 2009 53 35.8% 43.4% 45.3%
Fall 2008 66 33.3% 43.9% 47.0%
Fall 2007 64 32.8% 43.8% 46.9%
Fall 2006 52 32.7% 38.5% 40.4%
Fall 2005 79 36.7% 46.8% 46.8%
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