By the numbers: Grad Exit Survey 21-22

Sunday, August 14, 2022 - 12:15pm

Graduate Student Exit Survey 21-22

In the spring of 2022, the College of Journalism and Mass Communications launched a graduate student exit survey to provide information and insight into our graduate student experience. The survey was administered to May and August 2021 graduates.

The survey gauges the motivations of students for pursuing graduate education. Among the most popular reasons our students chose to pursue a master’s degree were to:

  • Expand communications knowledge and related skills to do my job better
  • Increase understanding of the media industry
  • Broaden my leadership, management and communication skills

The survey illuminated some areas for improvement in the student experience within our graduate programs. Half of the students surveyed were dissatisfied with the number of opportunities to interact with industry professionals available during their program. 38% were dissatisfied with the availability of courses and 16% would like more opportunities to interact with faculty.

The survey also demonstrated areas where we can improve in our instruction on skills and knowledge with the programs. Half of all respondents believe we could a better job of incorporating international perspectives into the curriculum. 38% felt that we improve learning about diversity equity and inclusion and how to work cooperatively in groups. One-third felt instruction on managing change could improve and 27% felt that opportunities for public speaking and presentation could be better.