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Exit surveys

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The department supplements the University teaching-evaluation forms with a survey of graduating seniors. This provides the faculty with more in-depth information about student and faculty expectations, teaching strategies, and learning outcomes. The survey is given to graduating seniors by the academic advisor, and the response rate is about 70 percent.  Students are able to give detailed feedback on the value of various courses, their rigor, what they learned and what they suggest for additional improvement to the program.  

Highlights of the suggestions from students in the 2011-12 academic year.  (Results from 2012-13 are being compiled in Summer 2013.)  Shown are suggestions and the school's action taken in response.


1. -- Combine the two broadcast classes into one, since much of the first broadcast class is repetitive with the new Multimedia class requirement, in which students learn many of the elements of Final Cut Pro.

Response:  JOUR 380 and 385 were combined into one class beginning in Fall 2013.

2. -- Add more multimedia/blogging/entrepeneurial classes.

Response:  An assistant professor was hired to teach classes in entrepeneurial journalism, mobile apps, and social media.

3. -- More feature writing/magazine writing classes.

Response: One of the capstone classes, El Independiente, was converted into a magazine class, with a published glossy magazine as a result.  Students engaged in additional feature experience.

4. -- The ethics and law classes are too repetitive and should be combined.

Response:  The faculty believes that the material is sufficiently different and the content so vital in today's journalistic climate that two separate courses continue to serve a large need.   The faculty undergraduate committee is looking at materials to make sure there is no problematic overlap.

5. -- The editing class is the one in which students reported learning the least. 

Response: The faculty undergraduate committee discussed making this class an elective, not a requirement, but the overall vote was to keep the class intact and to add and augment the syllabus with social media, blogging, deadline work, charts, graphics and maps, and additional tools for an era of digital media.   The classes are being revised for the 2013-14 academic year.