Journalism

Public Accountability

STUDENT SUCCESS

  • To provide public accountability as required by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication's standards, the CSUN Journalism Department maintains and annually posts information on several indicators of student success. The data include retention and graduation rates for first-time freshmen and new transfer students over a five-year period.
  • The chart below also contains overall enrollment and other relevant information about majors and minors.
  • Similar data about the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication as well as the entire university are available at CSUN Counts, maintained by the university's Office of Institutional Research.

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, NORTHRIDGE

DEPARTMENT OF JOURNALISM

STUDENT SUCCESS RATES | Public Accountability 2020-21 

RETENTION RATES FOR CSUN JOURNALISM MAJORS

 

FIRST-TIME FRESHMEN ENROLLED ONE YEAR AFTER ENTRY

FALL ENTRY YEAR COHORTS

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

TOTAL

59

83

78

63

82

PERCENT WHO CONTINUED INTO SECOND YEAR (PERSISTENCE RATE)

91.4 (54)

86.8 (46)

88.5 (69)

71.4 (45)

81.7 (67)

 

NEW TRANSFERS ENROLLED ONE YEAR AFTER ENTRY

TOTAL

83

45

65

50

94

PERCENT WHO CONTINUED INTO SECOND YEAR (PERSISTENCE RATE)

92.8 (77)

84.4 (38)

90.8 (59)

86 (43)

80.9 (76)

       

GRADUATION RATES FOR CSUN JOURNALISM MAJORS

  • For the 2015 First-Time Freshmen cohort, 21 percent graduated in four years, compared to the campus-wide rate of 17 percent.
  • For the 2017 First-Time Transfer cohort, 48 percent graduated in two years, compared to the campus-wide rate of 41 percent.

 

FIRST-TIME FRESHMEN AFTER SIX YEARS

FALL ENTRY YEAR COHORT

 

2014

(2020)

2013

(2019)

2012

(2018)

2011

(2017)

2010

(2016)

TOTAL

110

133

84

137

142

PERCENT WHO GRADUATED

70 (77)

64.7 (86)

65.5 (55)

60.6 (83)

60.6 (86)

PERCENT LIKELY TO GRADUATE*

(PERSISTENCE RATE)

73.6

67.7

67.9

61.3

66.9

 

NEW TRANSFER STUDENTS AFTER THREE YEARS

FALL ENTRY YEAR COHORT

2017

(2020)

2016

(2019)

2015

(2018)

2014

(2017)

2013

(2016)

TOTAL

65

50

94

117

113

PERCENT WHO GRADUATED

83 (54)

74 (37)

64.9 (61)

76.1 (89)

71.7 (81)

PERCENT LIKELY TO GRADUATE**

(PERSISTENCE RATE)

89.2

82

73.4

76.9

78.8

* These students either graduated from or were enrolled at CSUN after six years and are considered likely to graduate.

** These students either graduated from or were enrolled at CSUN after three years and are considered likely to graduate

JOURNALISM GRADUATES BY YEAR AND PROGRAM

 

2019-20

2018-19

2017-18

2016-17

2015-16

JOURNALISM MAJOR

139

154

144

194

199

JOURNALISM MINOR

30

32

31

27

11

SPANISH-LANGUAGE INTERDISCIPLINARY MINOR*

TBD

TBD

43

N/A

13

* The majority are Journalism majors.

JOURNALISM ACADEMIC YEAR GRADE POINT AVERAGES

FALL/CSUN

2019-20

2018-19

2017-18

2016-17

2015-16

AVERAGE GPA IN MAJOR

3.11

2.92

2.88

2.80

2.83

ACADEMIC YEAR

2019-20

2018-19

2017-18

2016-17

2015-16

FIRST-TIME FRESHMEN AT EXIT

2.88

3.00

2.97

3.02

2.98

FIRST-TIME TRANSFER AT EXIT

3.12

2.95

2.98

2.98

2.91

JOURNALISM UNDERGRADUATES BY FALL SEMESTER HEADCOUNT

 

2020

2019

2018

2017*

2016

FRESHMAN

55

76

82

107

122

SOPHOMORE

64

75

83

91

82

JUNIOR

168

167

140

164

175

SENIOR

174

148

185

185

237

TOTAL

461

466

490

547

616

*CSUN imposed enrollment impaction, beginning in Fall 2016. This reduced eligible applications and admittance to students in Tier 1 boundary.

DEGREE RECIPIENTS’ ACADEMIC YEAR HEADCOUNT BY ETHNICITY

FIRST-TIME FRESHMEN

2019-20

2018-29

2017-18

2016-17

2015-16

TRADITIONALLY UNDERSERVED

6

56

66

71

70

– American Indian/Alaskan native

 

 

 

 

0

– Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

 

 

 

 

1

– African American

7

9

6

13

15

– Latina/o

59

43

56

54

51

ASIAN

4

6

5

2

3

WHITE

4

7

10

13

18

MULTI-RACE/OTHER

2

4

4

4

3

UNKNOWN

2

5

4

2

6

INTERNATIONAL

3

3

1

1

2

TOTAL

81

77

86

89

103 

FIRST-TIME TRANSFER

2019-20

2018-19

2017-18

2016-17

2015-16

TRADITIONALLY UNDERSERVED

40

55

29

62

52

– American Indian/Alaskan native

 

1

 

1

0

– Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

 

 

 

 

0

– African American

3

3

8

11

8

– Latina/o

37

45

18

49

37

ASIAN

1

2

5

8

2

WHITE

14

14

16

26

26

MULTI-RACE/OTHER

2

2

3

5

7

UNKNOWN

 

4

5

6

5

INTERNATIONAL

 

2

3

1

6

TOTAL

55

77

58

103

96

DEGREE RECIPIENTS’ HEADCOUNT BY GENDER

 

2019-20

2018-19

2017-18

2016-17

2015-16

 

FIRST-TIME FRESHMEN

Female

60 (74%)

57 (74%)

65 (75%)

65 (73%)

49 (78%)

Male

21 (26%)

20 (26%)

21 (24%)

24 (27%)

14 (22%)

 

 FIRST-TIME TRANSFER

Female

34 (54.5%)

45 (58.4%)

38 (66%)

66 (64%)

26 (52%)

Male

25 (45.5%)

32 (41.5%)

20 (34%)

37 (36%)

24 (48%)

JOURNALISM UNDERGRADUATES HEADCOUNT BY INTEREST

 

2020

2019

2018*

2017

2016

– JOURNALISM

3

8

30

54

85

– OPTION:  BROADCAST

174

139

143

166

157

– BROADCAST

3

19

 

 

 

– GENERAL

15

65

201

174

216

– MAGAZINE

1

7

16

29

32

– JOURNALISM MAJOR

155

126

 

 

 

– PRINT/ONLINE (NEWSPAPER)

1

1

4

12

13

– PHOTOJOURNALISM

1

2

12

25

22

– PUBLIC RELATIONS

3

9

84

87

91

– OPTION: PUBLIC RELATIONS

105

90

 

 

 

TOTAL

461

466

490

547

616

*  In Fall 2018, Journalism enacted a sweeping curriculum redesign, eliminating the multiple emphases or concentrations in the major and creating formal options in Broadcast or Public Relations. Previously, starting in 2009, all journalism majors were listed as “general” interest, although the majority continued to follow a particular emphasis, such as “broadcast” or “public relations,” in their course selections.

JOURNALISM UNDERGRADUATES / FALL SEMESTER HEADCOUNT BY PELL GRANT

 

2020

2019

2018*

2017

2016

2005

GRANT RECIPIENT TOTAL

228

262

277

337

352

223

NO GRANT

233

204

213

210

264

451

TOTAL MAJORS

461

466

490

547

616

674

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRANT RECIPIENT PERCENT

49.5

56.1

56.5

61.6

57.1

33.1

NO GRANT

50.5

43.8

43.5

38.4

42.9

66.9