Family and Consumer Sciences Students

Family and Consumer Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences Students


We are very proud of our students who continue to be amazing in the classroom, involved with student organizations and in community service, graduating and taking positions in the region and nation–wide fulfilling our mission: to prepare professionals who help promote a better quality of life for individuals and families, enhancing the interrelationships of people and communities in diverse social, economic and physical environments.

Facts you should know about family and consumer sciences students:

In 2017-18 the Department had 6 Student Ambassadors and a graduate assistant who have assisted with Preview Days, Academic Major and Career Fairs, recruitment opportunities at area High Schools, and serving as judges at regional FCCLA STAR Events and local 4-H contests as well as corresponding with prospective students about their major.

During 2017-18, FCS students engaged in experiential learning in a variety of locations gaining experience that will help them excel when they graduate and get their first job. The places they performed their field experiences included: Healthy Families of West TN Grant Program, TN Department of Children’s Services, Northwest TN Development District/Area Agency on Aging and Disability, Cato Fashions, Prairie Life Fitness, Youth Villages, Jackson General Hospital, Van Ayer Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center, Westview High School, Bradford High School, Henry County High School, Westview High School, and Obion County Central High School.

Retention and Graduation Information:

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences had a 62.5% retention rate for the fall 2017 cohort for full-time first-time freshmen returning their sophomore year.

In 2017-18, twenty-nine students graduated in Family and Consumer Sciences.

Job Placement Rates:

In a survey of graduates from 2016-17 with 15 respondents, 33% were employed in careers within their degree major, 20% were employed outside their degree major, 27% went on to graduate school, 13% were seeking employment, and 7% were not seeking employment.

The Department’s six year graduation rate from the Freshman Cohort in 2012-2018 was 28.6%. This is as compared to a 47.7% six year university-wide graduation rate.

We welcome input from prospective and current students, alumni and friends. Alumni, let us know what you are doing so we can share with others through Facebook (Key words: UTM Family and Consumer Sciences).

Keith Dooley, Ph.D
Interim Chair
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences