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

The following tables are five-year enrollment data for the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences’ current undergraduate concentrations and Early Childhood Education undergraduate degree program (all data from TSU Office of Institutional Research):

Family and Consumer Sciences 

 

Fall 2012-2013

Fall 2013-2014

Fall 2014-2015

Fall 2015-2016

Fall 2016-2017

Family and Consumer Sciences (undeclared)

122

109

49

42

27

Child Development and Family Relations

n/a*

n/a*

37

42

47

Design

n/a*

n/a*

7

11

17

Fashion Merchandising

n/a*

n/a*

17

32

38

Food Service Management

n/a*

n/a*

1

1

2

Foods and Nutrition/Dietetics

n/a*

n/a*

9

10

23

Family and Consumer Sciences Education

n/a*

n/a*

0

1

1

TOTAL

122

109

120

139

155

n/a*-Data not available for the specific concentrations

Early Childhood Education

 

Fall 2012-2013

Fall 2013-2014

Fall 2014-2015

Fall 2015-2016

Fall 2016-2017

Early Childhood Education

154

144

126

108

114

TOTAL

154

144

126

108

114

 

RETENTION*

Over the past 5 academic years (2011-2016) the overall retention rate for the undergraduate Family and Consumer Sciences concentration is 59.6%.

Year

Total Undergraduate
Enrollment

Student Attrition

Retention Rate

2011-2012

127

54

57.5%

2012-2013

122

60

50.8%

2013-2014

109

54

50.5%

2014-2015

120

44

63.3%

2015-2016

139

37

73.4%

Five Year Totals

617

249

59.6%

*All data from TSU Office of Institutional Research.

 

YEARS TO GRADUATION 2009-2013*

Year

Total Number of Graduates

Students Graduating in Less than 4 Years (%)

Students Graduating in 4 Years (%)

Students Graduating in 4.25-5.0 Years (%)

Graduated in 5.25-6.0 Years (%)

Graduated in 6 Years or More (%)

Average Years to Graduation

2011-2012

33

14 (42.4%)

4 (12.1%)

11 (33.3%)

1 (3.0%)

3 (9.1%)

4.1

2012-2013

39

9 (23.1%)

4 (10.3%)

12 (30.8%)

6 (15.4%)

8 (20.5%)

4.6

2013-2014

19

6 (31.6%)

1 (5.3%)

10 (52.6%)

2 (10.5%)

0 (0.0%)

4.1

2014-2015

35

10 (28.6%)

6 (17.1%)

10 (28.6%)

2 (5.7%)

7 (20.0%)

4.4

2015-2016

24

9 (37.5%)

4 (16.7%)

2 (8.3%)

3 (12.5%)

6 (25.0%)

4.3

5 Year Composite

150

48 (32.6%)

19 (12.3)

    45 (30.7)

14 (9.4%)

24 (14.9%)

4.3

*Graduate totals include undergraduate students in the Family and Consumer Sciences concentrations and the Early Childhood Education majors.  All data from TSU Office of Institutional Research.


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