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School of Communication

The Academic Department Dashboard provides an overview of the performance of UNO academic departments over time. This dashboard--which relies on data visualization--replaces the Academic Department Indicators series which was printed and distributed to UNO academic departments on an annual basis starting in 1980. Dashboards for individual academic department indicators, filterable by year, college and department are available through the Performance INformation Gateway (PING) web site under Academic & Dept. Indicators/Academic Department Indicators (ADI) Dashboards.

Most figures portray trend information for the recent 10 year period, although several show trends only since the School of Communication became part of the College of Communication, Fine Arts & Media. Tables present data for the most recent 5 years. All figures are clickable; for example, to see the trend only for Lower Division and Upper Division SCH in Figure 1, click on Total and Graduate to de-select (hide) their trends. Hovering your mouse over the year and trend line of interest shows the values depicted. See the Notes and Sources section at the end of this profile for information on data sources and time periods.

Student Demand

Student Credit Hour Enrollment

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Table 1. School of Communication Academic Year Student Credit Hour Enrollment: 2008-09 Through 2012-13

Category 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
Total Student Credit Hours 16,359 15,808 16,396 17,021 17,638
Lower Division Student Credit Hours 9,809 9,451 10,032 10,777 11,160
Upper Division Student Credit Hours 5,804 5,597 5,707 5,720 5,973
Graduate Division Student Credit Hours 746 760 657 524 505

Student Majors by Level and Program

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Table 2. School of Communication Majors and Minors: Fall 2008 Through 2012

Category Fall 2008 Fall 2009 Fall 2010 Fall 2011 Fall 2012
Undergraduate 475 457 417 397 362
BGS 30 25 28 22 17
Masters 70 70 60 47 38
UG/GR Minors 41 47 40 32 40

Table 3. School of Communication Undergraduate Majors by Plan: Fall 2008 Through 2012

Category Fall 2008 Fall 2009 Fall 2010 Fall 2011 Fall 2012
BA/BS Broadcast 135 123 124 109 99
BA/BS Journalism 277 263 243 240 224
BA/BS Speech Comm 63 71 50 48 39
BGS-Mass Comm Concen 16 14 18 15 9
BGS-Speech Comm Concen 9 10 10 7 8
BGS-Comm Concen 5 1 0 0 0

Comparison of UNO and U.S. Student Interest in Communication, Journalism and Related Programs

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Courses and Learning Opportunities

Total Course Sections Offered by Level

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Table 4. School of Communication Academic Year Course Sections: 2008-09 Through 2012-13

Category 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
Total Sections 258 251 251 263 273
Undergraduate Sections 239 232 233 248 257
Graduate Sections 19 19 18 15 16

Specialized Course Offerings: Internships, Service Learning, Distance and Dual Enrollment Courses

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Student Degree Attainment

Degrees Awarded by Level and Major Program

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Table 5. School of Communication Academic Year Degrees Awarded by Level: 2008-09 Through 2012-13

Category 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
Total Degrees 160 128 138 142 137
BA/BS Degree 134 107 118 117 104
BGS Degree 15 8 11 10 13
Masters Degree 11 13 9 15 20

Table 6. School of Communication Academic Year Undergraduate Degrees Awarded by Plan: 2008-09 Through 2012-13

Category 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
BA/BS Broadcast 26 18 18 26 32
BA/BS Journalism 81 66 78 72 59
BA/BS Speech Comm 27 23 22 19 13
BGS-Mass Comm Concen 7 3 8 8 7
BGS-Speech Comm Concen 3 5 3 2 6

Faculty and Staff

FTE Faculty and Salary Expenditures

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Table 7. School of Communication Academic Year FTE Faculty by Appointment: 2008-09 Through 2012-13

Category 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
Total Faculty FTE 38.24 39.49 38.59 36.77 37.55
Full-Time FTE 28.15 28.65 27.15 25.65 26.03
Part-Time FTE 6.50 7.21 7.81 7.99 7.97
Tchg Assistant FTE 3.59 3.63 3.63 3.13 3.55

Table 8. School of Communication Academic Year Faculty Salary Expenditures: 2008-09 Through 2012-13

Category 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
Total Faculty Salaries $1,727,235 $1,682,386 $1,745,451 $1,768,380 $1,974,833
Full-Time Faculty Salaries $1,436,526 $1,401,645 $1,448,675 $1,405,885 $1,600,960
Part-Time Faculty Salaries $153,617 $168,088 $166,837 $215,867 $221,136
Teaching Assistant Salaries $137,092 $112,653 $129,939 $146,628 $152,737

Faculty and Staff Characteristics

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Table 9. School of Communication Academic Year Total Staffing: 2008-09 Through 2012-13

Category 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
Tenure/Tenure-Track Faculty 18 19 19 16 18
Non-Tenured Faculty 31 26 25 29 31
Staff 2 2 2 2 2

Table 10. School of Communication Academic Year Total Staffing: 2008-09 Through 2012-13

Category 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
Tenure/Tenure-Track Faculty: Minority 3 4 4 2 4
Tenure/Tenure-Track Faculty: Caucasian 15 15 15 14 14
Non-Tenured Faculty: Minority 2 0 1 0 1
Non-Tenured Faculty: Caucasian 29 26 24 29 30

Financial Resources

Departmental State-Aided Budget

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Table 11. School of Communication State-Aided Budget: 2008-09 Through 2012-13

Category 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
Total Personal Services $2,195,364 $2,040,479 $2,107,474 $2,100,865 $2,150,968
Operating Expenses $57,850 $57,850 $57,850 $65,915 $65,915
Total Budget $2,253,214 $2,098,329 $2,165,324 $2,166,780 $2,216,883

Departmental External Funding

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Table 12. School of Communication External Funding: 2008-09 Through 2011-12

Category 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12
Research $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Service $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Instruction & Student Support $0 $10,000 $0 $0 $0
Total External Funding $0 $10,000 $0 $0 $0

Productivity Measures

UNO SCH/FTE Ratio

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Delaware Measures of Faculty Instructional Productivity

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Delaware Measures of Faculty Research Productivity

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Student Evaluation of Teaching

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Department Measurement of Learning Outcomes

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This section could include trend data or most recent data from assessment of student speeches; NSSE trend data; and UNO Undergraduate Exit Survey trend data.

Completion Rates for Freshmen Cohort Members Declaring a School of Communication Major

Note: This information is based on the Fall 2005 entering freshman cohort. The cohort was tracked through the fall 2011 semester. The number of fall cohort freshmen declaring a major offered by the School of Communication is only a subset of all majors in the School. Most students select a major offered by the School, or a BGS concentration in a related area, subsequent to enrolling as freshmen, or transferring from another university/college.

Table 13. Six-year Graduation and Completion Information for Fall 2005 Freshmen Selecting a School of Communication Major

Dept Major Cohort Size Number Graduated in 6 Years Percent of Cohort Number Graduating in Entry Major Percent of Those Graduating Number Graduating in Other Program in Entry College Number Graduating in Other UNO Colleges
Broadcasting 16 4 25.0% 2 50.0% 0 2
Journalism 19 5 26.3% 3 60.0% 0 2
Speech Communication 3 3 100.0% 2 66.7% 1 0
College of Fine Arts, Communication & Media 139 56 40.3% 34 60.7% 7 15

Digital Measures Faculty Scholarship and Service

This section can be expanded to include recent year information for scholarship, service to profession and community, and faculty honors.

Table 14. School of Communication 2012 Publications

Faculty Dept Refereed Journal Articles Ref Journal Articles Per T-TT Fac Total Refereed Publications Tot Refereed Pubs Per T-TT Faculty
School of Communication 11 0.6 30 1.7
College of Fine Arts, Communicaiton & Media 12 0.2 50 1.0
UNO 297 0.5 609 1.5

Department Trends in the Broader UNO Campus Context

Relationship Between Change in Departmental Faculty FTE, Change in Total SCH, and Number of Majors

Note: To avoid distortion, Figure 22 does not include data for International Studies due its small base and large percent change in one or more values. The change in faculty was -87.9%, change in SCH was +35.6%, and total majors was 176.

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Relationship Between Change in Total Departmental Course Sections Offered, Change in Total SCH, and Number of FTE Faculty

Note: To avoid distortion, Figure 23 does not include data for Gerontology due to its small base and large percent change in one or more values. The change in organized sections offered was +70.9%, change in SCH was +29.5%, and total faculty was 8.6 FTE.

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Relationship Between Change in Departmental Faculty FTE, Change in Cost of Faculty Salaries, and Number of Majors

Note: To avoid distortion, Figure 24 does not include data for the International Studies and Writer's Workshop departments due to their small base and large percent change in one or more values. For International Studies, the change in faculty FTE was -87.9%, change in faculty salary spending was -69.4%, and the number of majors was 170. For Writer's Workshop, the change in faculty FTE was +15.7%, the change in faculty salary spending was +51.7%, and the number of majors was 110.

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Notes Table. Data Sources and Academic Year Time Periods Used in the Academic Department Profile

Indicator Academic Year Period Covered Source
SCH: Student Credit Hours Fall & Spring Semesters UNO Institutional Research, ADI Database
Majors Fall Semester UNO Institutional Research, ADI Database
Course Sections Fall & Spring Semesters UNO Institutional Research, ADI Database
Degrees Summer, Fall & Spring Semesters UNO Institutional Research, ADI Database
FTE Faculty Fall & Spring Semesters UNO Institutional Research, ADI Database
Faculty Salary Expenditures Fall & Spring Semesters UNO Institutional Research, ADI Database
Faculty and Staff Characteristics Fall & Spring Semesters UNO Institutional Research, HR Database
SCH/FTE Summer, Fall & Spring Semesters UNO Institutional Research, ADI Database
Delaware Measures of Faculty Productivity Fall Semester University of Delaware, The National Study of Instructional Costs & Productivity
Course Evaluations Fall & Spring Semesters UNO Institutional Research, Course Evaluation Database
Six-Year Graduation Rate by Program Fall Semester Entering Freshman Cohort UNO Institutional Research, Census Freshman Cohort Database
Department Trends in UNO Context Time Point Varies with Indicator; see specific indicators aboves UNO Institutional Research, ADI Database

This Academic Department Profile was developed by the UNO Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Decision Support Services. The electronic profile replaces the printed Academic Department Indicators series, which was produced annually from 1980 through 2011.