Family and Consumer Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences staff and 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 2015-16 the Department had 11 Student Ambassadors who have assisted with Preview Days, Academic Major and Career Fairs, recruitment opportunities at area High Schools, and serving as judges at local 4-H meetings as well as corresponding with perspective students about their major. Over 300 high school students requested further information about our program during the year.


Spring and summer 2016 found our FCS students 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: Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, Martin, Jackson Madison County Hospital, Boutique MariMac, Paris, The Center for Family Development, Shelbyville, U. S. National Archives, Washington, D.C. Northwest Tennessee Area Agency on Aging & Disability in Martin, The Buckle, Franklin, and UTM Children's Center.

Retention and Graduation Information:

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences had a 73.7% retention rate in 2014-15 compared to UT Martin’s retention rate of 70.8% for the same period for full-time first-time freshmen returning their sophomore year.


For 2014-15, 28 students graduated in Family and Consumer Sciences.

Job Placement Rates:


For 2014-15 graduates, 50% were employed in careers within their degree major, 25% were employed outside their degree major, 20% went on to Graduate School and 0% were not employed. This is compared to the total for UT Martin of 54% of graduates being employed within careers in their degree major.


The Department saw the six year graduation rate from the Freshman Cohort in 2009-2015 of 43.5%. This is as compared a 45.7% six year graduation university wide.


A big thanks goes out to our students and faculty for a wonderful year!


Note: Since we had less than 5 students graduating in 2014-15 that were in the Dietetics and Family and Consumer Sciences Program, Licensing and Credentialing information cannot be reported.


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


Joey Mehlhorn, Ph.D.
Interim Chair
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
mehlhorn@utm.edu
731-881-7100