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Communication & Journalism Department|Graduate program assessment plan

Planning for the Future


The graduate program in Communication and Journalism is designed to present students with an introduction to graduate level scholarship and research in the field of communication and/or media. The program offers graduate assistants an opportunity to develop their teaching, and it prepares students for successful academic and professional careers after graduation.

Students are required to take a sequence of four courses that provide a theoretical and methodological foundation. Programs of study are designed to lead students toward a defined area of specialization and successful completion of a thesis or Plan B project. The total course of study will lead graduates to successful careers as academics and professionals.

  1. Academic Competence
      Outcome 1: Students will demonstrate knowledge in theory and method.
      Outcome 2: Students will demonstrate competence in research or creative projects.
      Outcome 3: Students will demonstrate competence writing and speaking.

    Assessment for Outcomes 1 through 3:

    • Completion rates and GPA figures for four required classes
    • Successful presentation of research in prospectus and thesis meetings
    • Successful completion of thesis or Plan B project
    • Presentation of work at conferences and other venues
    • Student placement and success in Ph.D. programs

  2. Teaching Competence
      Outcome 1: Graduate Assistants will demonstrate competence in teaching.

    Assessment for Outcome 1:

    • Analysis of portfolios developed in COJO 5900, Teaching Practicum.

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