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The Western Kentucky University School of Media's reputation for excellence and tradition of success continue to attract outstanding faculty and top students from across the nation. The School boasts 26 Pulitzer Prize winners among its alumni and faculty while WKU students consistently place near the top of the overall William Randolph Hearst Competition and have finished first 22 of the past 26 years in the photojournalism category of that contest.

As one of only seven Programs of Distinction in Kentucky the School's mission is enhanced through support for the Center for 21st Century Media, the Continuing Media Education Institute and the Kentucky High School Media Institute. The School also features the Mountain Photography Workshops, WWHR national student radio station and professional television and photography studios. Students are afforded extracurricular opportunities including our award-winning student newspaper, yearbook, newscast, and the Emmy Award winning public television station and public radio network. The School also provides students with numerous internship, workshop and international experiences. We are dedicated to making sure that our students have every opportunity to become leaders in their chosen professions. 

 

WKU School of Media Undergraduate Enrollment

(With P-Majors Split)

Fall 2010

Fall 2011

Fall 2012

Fall 2013

Fall 2014

Fall 2015

Fall 2016

Fall 2017

Fall 2018

Fall 2019

Broadcasting (seeking admission), AB (#726P) 177 199 196 203 173 152 145 120 94 84
Broadcasting, AB (#726) 137 136 129 99 106 105 111 116 114 108
Film, AB (#667) 28 85 109 145 104 83 77 78 57 53
Film, AB (#667P) 0 0 0 0 37 53 59 52 69 59
Journalism (seeking admission), AB (#736P) 0 0 0 0 32 49 62 50 61 38
Journalism, AB (#736) 0 0 0 0 0 8 18 34 42 44
Mass Communication (seeking admission), AB (#725P)~ 18 18 17 18 11 3 0 0 0 0
Mass Communication, AB (#725)~ 9 6 4 2 2 3 2 0 0 0
News/Editorial Journalism (seeking admission), AB
(#716P)~
82 71 77 50 22 4 0 0 0 0
News/Editorial Journalism, AB (#716)~ 54 48 43 38 37 21 12 3 1 0
Photojournalism (seeking admission), AB (#750P) 115 111 88 90 68 70 54 59 35 29
Photojournalism, AB (#750) 45 52 43 32 33 34 41 40 51 39
iMedia, CER (#1702)~ 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 665 727 706 677 625 585 581 552 524 454
               
 
Prepared by WKU Institutional Research 24AUG2020
               
 Data reflects unduplicated enrollments, official headcount of primary major as of census date.                
                 

 


 

WKU School of Media Undergraduate Enrollment

(With P-Majors Combined)
                 
 

Fall 2010

Fall 2011

Fall 2012

Fall 2013

Fall 2014

Fall 2015

Fall 2016

Fall 2017

Broadcasting, AB (#726) 314 335 325 302 279 257 256 236
Film, AB (#667) 28 85 109 145 141 136 136 130
Journalism, AB (#736) 0 0 0 0 32 57 80 84
Mass Communication, AB (#725)~ 27 24 21 20 13 6 2 0
News/Editorial Journalism, AB (#716)~ 136 119 120 88 59 25 12 3
Photojournalism, AB (#750) 160 163 131 122 101 104 95 99
iMedia, CER (#1702)~ 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 665 727 706 677 625 585 581 552
     

 

Prepared by WKU Institutional Research 24AUG2020

Data reflects unduplicated enrollments, official headcount of primary major as of census date.

 

     

 


 

   

Percentage of Students Retained in Same Major

   
                 
  Retained in
First Major
After 1 Year
Retained in
First Major
After 2 Years
Retained in
First Major
After 3 Years
   
School of Media WKU School of Media WKU School of Media WKU    
% % % % % %    
Fall 2008 54.5 50.5 33.8 27.7 30.3 20.3    
Fall 2009 47.3 48.8 34.2 29.5 28.3 22.2    
Fall 2010 55.4 49.2 38.3 29.9 30.3 23.5    
Fall 2011 46.4 46.6 32.1 29.3 25.5 23.0    
Fall 2012 47.5 48.3 26.2 30.3 20.2 23.3    
Fall 2013 56.0 50.4 40.0 31.5 35.5 24.1    
Fall 2014 51.9 46.8 36.4 32.2 32.1 25.8    
Fall 2015 53.8 48.4 38.6 33.6 34.8 28.2    
Fall 2016 50.7 47.3 36.8 32.1 30.9 26.2    
Fall 2017 52.5 48.0 37.7 33.4        
Fall 2018 55.5 47.3            
                 

 

Prepared by WKU Institutional Research 24AUG2020
Reflects first-time, first-year, full-time, baccalaureate degree-seeking students.        
Reflects only students retained in their first term, primary major.          
'School of Media' includes students whose first term, primary major was in the School of Media.      
Students retained at WKU but in a different major are not counted as retained.        

 


 

Percentage of Students Retained in Same Department

   
                 
  Retained in
First Department
After 1 Year
Retained in
First Department
After 2 Years
Retained in
First Department
After 3 Years
   
School of Media WKU School of Media WKU School of Media WKU    
% % % % % %    
Fall 2008 57.1 53.1 36.4 31.7 33.3 24.1    
Fall 2009 54.3 52.8 39.7 34.2 33.2 27.3    
Fall 2010 58.9 51.7 42.3 33.5 33.1 27.1    
Fall 2011 51.5 49.8 39.3 33.8 31.6 27.4    
Fall 2012 52.5 51.5 31.7 34.6 25.1 27.3    
Fall 2013 59.0 52.7 44.5 35.0 40.5 28.4    
Fall 2014 56.2 50.1 41.4 35.7 35.8 28.9    
Fall 2015 57.0 51.4 42.4 37.1 38.6 31.7    
Fall 2016 54.6 50.0 40.8 35.5 34.2 29.6    
Fall 2017 55.6 50.5 41.4 36.9        
Fall 2018 59.4 49.8            
                 
Prepared by WKU Institutional Research 24AUG2020
Reflects first-time, first-year, full-time, baccalaureate degree-seeking students.        
Reflects only students retained in the same department as their first term, primary major.        
'School of Media' includes students whose first term, primary major was in the School of Media.      
Students retained at WKU but in a different department are not counted as retained.        

 


 

Percentage of Students Retained in Same College

             
  Retained in
First College
After 1 Year
Retained in
First College
After 2 Years
Retained in
First College
After 3 Years
School of Media WKU School of Media WKU School of Media WKU
% % % % % %
Fall 2008 68.2 59.8 50.0 41.3 47.5 34.9
Fall 2009 69.0 59.1 58.7 43.0 54.3 36.9
Fall 2010 72.0 57.7 60.0 42.8 50.3 36.7
Fall 2011 61.2 55.8 54.1 42.3 48.5 36.6
Fall 2012 64.5 56.7 48.6 42.9 43.2 36.2
Fall 2013 67.0 58.8 55.0 43.6 49.5 36.9
Fall 2014 66.0 56.5 53.1 44.5 47.5 38.2
Fall 2015 68.4 57.5 53.2 45.4 48.7 39.9
Fall 2016 61.8 55.6 52.0 43.6 44.1 37.5
Fall 2017 66.7 57.3 58.0 46.3    
Fall 2018 68.0 57.2        
             
Prepared by WKU Institutional Research 24AUG2020      
Reflects first-time, first-year, full-time, baccalaureate degree-seeking students.    
Reflects only students retained in the same college as their first term, primary major.    
'School of Media' includes students whose first term, primary major was in the School of Media.  
Students retained at WKU but in a different college are not counted as retained.    

 


 

 

Percentage of Students Retained at WKU

             
  Retained at WKU
After 1 Year
Retained at WKU
After 2 Years
Retained at WKU
After 3 Years
School
of Media
WKU School
of Media
WKU School
of Media
WKU
% % % % % %
Fall 2008 72.2 73.7 60.1 63.7 56.6 57.8
Fall 2009 80.4 73.7 70.7 63.4 66.3 58.2
Fall 2010 81.1 73.2 76.0 64.3 67.4 58.3
Fall 2011 74.0 71.4 68.4 63.2 63.3 57.0
Fall 2012 75.4 71.8 59.6 63.8 56.3 57.2
Fall 2013 76.0 73.1 63.5 63.5 58.0 56.6
Fall 2014 75.9 72.5 65.4 64.4 61.7 57.6
Fall 2015 75.3 72.8 65.2 64.5 58.2 59.4
Fall 2016 71.1 69.9 60.5 61.5 52.6 54.2
Fall 2017 76.5 71.5 69.8 63.5    
Fall 2018 74.2 72.9        
             
Prepared by WKU Institutional Research 24AUG2020      
Reflects first-time, first-year, full-time, baccalaureate degree-seeking students.    
'School of Media' includes students whose first term, primary major was in the School of Media.  
Students are counted as retained if they are still enrolled at WKU in any major.    

 


 

 

Percentage of Students Graduated From Same Major

   
                 
  Graduated From
First Major
in 4 Years
Graduated From
First Major
in 5 Years
Graduated From
First Major
in 6 Years
   
School
of Media
WKU School
of Media
WKU School
of Media
WKU    
% % % % % %    
Fall 2008 16.2 11.7 24.7 16.6 25.3 17.1    
Fall 2009 19.0 12.7 24.5 18.1 26.1 18.9    
Fall 2010 18.9 15.1 26.9 20.1 26.9 20.8    
Fall 2011 16.3 14.0 23.5 19.9 24.0 20.5    
Fall 2012 15.3 15.8 19.7 20.5 19.7 21.5    
Fall 2013 22.0 15.6 28.0 21.0 28.0 21.7    
Fall 2014 22.8 18.9 29.6 24.2        
Fall 2015 24.1 21.2            
                 

 

Prepared by WKU Institutional Research 24AUG2020
Reflects first-time, first-year, full-time, baccalaureate degree-seeking students.  
Reflects only students graduating from their first term, primary major.    
'School of Media' includes students whose first term, primary major was in the School of Media.
Students graduating from WKU but in a different major are not counted as graduated.  

 


 

 

Percentage of Students Graduated From Same Department

   
                 
  Graduated From
First Department
in 4 Years
Graduated From
First Department
in 5 Years
Graduated From
First Department
in 6 Years
   
School
of Media
WKU School
of Media
WKU School
of Media
WKU    
% % % % % %    
Fall 2008 17.7 13.9 27.3 20.0 27.8 21.0    
Fall 2009 21.2 15.3 27.7 22.4 29.9 23.7    
Fall 2010 20.6 17.1 30.3 23.7 30.3 24.7    
Fall 2011 19.4 15.9 27.6 23.5 28.6 24.4    
Fall 2012 19.1 18.5 24.0 24.7 24.0 26.2    
Fall 2013 24.5 17.5 33.0 24.4 33.0 25.4    
Fall 2014 25.3 21.0 32.7 27.3        
Fall 2015 25.9 23.6            
                 
Prepared by WKU Institutional Research 24AUG2020
Reflects first-time, first-year, full-time, baccalaureate degree-seeking students.        
Reflects only students graduating from the same department as their first term, primary major.      
'School of Media' includes students whose first term, primary major was in the School of Media.      
Students graduating from WKU but in a different department are not counted as graduated.        

 


 

 

Percentage of Students Graduated From Same College

   
                 
  Graduated From
First College
in 4 Years
Graduated From
First College
in 5 Years
Graduated From
First College
in 6 Years
   
School
of Media
WKU School
of Media
WKU School
of Media
WKU    
% % % % % %    
Fall 2008 25.8 18.6 38.9 28.2 40.4 30.0    
Fall 2009 31.0 19.6 43.5 30.0 47.8 32.0    
Fall 2010 30.3 21.7 45.1 31.6 45.7 33.6    
Fall 2011 28.1 19.9 40.3 31.1 42.3 32.7    
Fall 2012 29.5 22.7 40.4 32.0 40.4 34.3    
Fall 2013 31.5 22.3 43.5 31.8 45.0 33.7    
Fall 2014 33.3 26.6 43.8 35.3        
Fall 2015 34.8 29.4            
                 
Prepared by WKU Institutional Research 24AUG2020
Reflects first-time, first-year, full-time, baccalaureate degree-seeking students.        
Reflects only students graduating from the same college as their first term, primary major.        
'School of Media' includes students whose first term, primary major was in the School of Media.      
Students graduating from WKU but in a different college are not counted as graduated.        

 


 

 

Percentage of Students Graduated From WKU

   
                 
  Graduated From
WKU
in 4 Years
Graduated From
WKU
in 5 Years
Graduated From
WKU
in 6 Years
   
School
of Media
WKU School
of Media
WKU School
of Media
WKU    
% % % % % %    
Fall 2008 27.8 26.5 45.5 44.2 51.0 49.9    
Fall 2009 35.9 27.3 56.0 45.1 61.4 50.0    
Fall 2010 38.3 30.1 60.6 47.8 63.4 51.9    
Fall 2011 31.6 28.5 51.5 46.8 54.6 50.6    
Fall 2012 37.2 31.7 51.9 48.3 54.1 53.3    
Fall 2013 35.5 30.9 50.0 48.0 53.0 51.6    
Fall 2014 38.3 36.7 51.2 51.8        
Fall 2015 38.6 40.1            
                 
Prepared by WKU Institutional Research 24AUG2020
Reflects first-time, first-year, full-time, baccalaureate degree-seeking students.        
'School of Media' includes students whose first term, primary major was in the School of Media.      
Students are counted as graduated if they graduated from WKU with any baccalaureate degree.      

 

 


 

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Accreditation Complaints Statement

 NOTICE TO STUDENTS

The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication invites all students and other persons to report incidents in which they can present evidence that a journalism/mass communications unit has violated accreditation standards.

The School of Media at Western Kentucky University, like all other accredited units, is required to inform all students of this invitation.

Such reports must be made in writing to:

Marie Hardin, Chair, Accrediting Committee
Dean
Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications
Pennsylvania State University
201 Carnegie Building
University Park, PA 16802
(814)863-1484
mch208@psu.edu
(Term expires 2021)


MC maintains records of all complaints it receives and their resolution. The School of Media is required to maintain records of student complaints and their resolution.

A copy of the accreditation standards is available in the department office.

For more information, click the link below to go directly to the ACEJMC Homepage.

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The School of Media at WKU is ACEJMC accredited for majors in Broadcasting, Journalism and Photojournalism.

 


 


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