Department Highlights

DEPARTMENT HIGHLIGHTS

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences’ mission is to prepare students for leadership roles in professional family and consumer sciences careers that will empower individuals, strengthen families and enable communities by using an integrated approach to relationships to improve their quality of life through the synergy of education, development and discovery (research) and extension (outreach) of that knowledge to an increasingly global community.

The purpose of the undergraduate program in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is to provide both a liberal and specialized education in which the interests and well being of family members and consumers are significant. The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences currently has seven undergraduate programs: Fashion Merchandising, Design, Early Childhood Education, Child Development and Family Relations, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, Foods and Nutrition/Dietetics and Food Service Management. The following data contains information on licensing/credentialing, enrollment, retention and graduation rates.

LICENSING AND CREDENTIALING

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences has a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DP). In 2013, undergraduate students completing Dietetic Internships had a 100% passing rate on the Registration Dietitian Exam. This is an improvement of 2009-2012 student passage rates of less than 50%.

In 2013, undergraduate students that took the Dietetic Technician Registered (DTR) Exam also had a 100% pass rate.

As of 2014, 67% of students were accepted to a Dietetic Internship, which is higher than the national average (54%).

Early Childhood Education Teacher Certification program provides undergraduate students with a combination of child development and teacher education courses needed for licensure. There is a 100% passage rate of undergraduate students that took the Praxis exam from 2009-2013.

Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher Certification provide undergraduate students with a degree to provide instruction for Family and Consumer Sciences courses within school systems. There is a 100% passage rate of undergraduate students that took the Praxis exam from 2009-2013.

ENROLLMENT*

 

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

 Early Childhood Education

177

172

177

154

144

 Fashion Merchandising

30

28

32

35

25

 Design

11

7

14

20

15

 Child Development and Family Relations

32

29

36

51

43

 Dietetics, Foods, Nutrition/Food Service Management

14

15

15

15

25

 Family and Consumer Sciences Education

6

6

2

1

1

 Totals

270

257

276

276

253

*Data from the Office of Institutional Research


RETENTION*

In 2009-2012 the overall retention rates is 56.5%


Year

New Undergraduate
Enrollments


Student Attrition


Retention Rate

2009

38

24

63.2%

2010

47

28

60.0%

2011

39

17

44.0%

2012

39

23

59.0%

*Rates are based on enrolled first-time freshman (Office of Institutional Research)

 

YEARS TO GRADUATION 2009-2013*


Year

Total Number of Graduates

Graduated in Less than 4 Years (%)

Graduated in 4 Years (%)

Graduated in 5 Years (%)

Graduated in 6 Years or More (%)

2009

23

7 (30.4%)

7 (30.4%)

5(21.7%)

4 (17.4%)

2010

30

10 (33.3%)

8 (26.7%)

7 (23.3%)

5 (16.7%)

2011

26

8 (30.8%)

10 (38.5%)

7 (26.9%)

1 (3.8%)

2012

36

10 (27.8%)

13 (36.1%)

7 (19.4%)

6 (16.7%)

2013

26

8 (30.8%)

5 (19.2%)

9 (34.6%)

4 (15.4%)

*Includes full-time students only


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