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 regionn and fulfilling our mission nationwide: 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.
The Department continues to use Student Ambassadors and a graduate assistants to assist with Preview Days, Academic Major and Career Fairs, recruiting in high schools, serving as judges at regional FCCLA STAR Events and local 4-H contests, as well as corresponding with prospective students about their major. We encourage all rising juniors and seniors in the department to consider serving as an FCS Ambassador.
All in-person activities at UT Martin were suspended in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. We completed the spring 2020, fall 2020, and spring 2021 semesters via online learning. Fortunately, no students scheduled to graduate during this period were prevented from doing so as a result of the pandemic. Those students endured a very uncertain time, and our hats are off to their perseverance and positive attitude. The University is planning to resume in-person classes at the beginning of the semester; we are very excited and encouraged to have our students back with us in our classrooms and labs.
Over the past three years, FCS students have engaged in experiential learning in a variety of locations, gaining experience that will help them excel when they graduate and get their first job. Just a few examples of field experience placements include: Healthy Families of West Tennessee Grants Program, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, Northwest Tennessee Development District/Area Agency on Aging and Disability, Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, 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. All FCS students are encouraged to participate in a field experience during their senior year, which often leads to their first professional job as college graduates.
The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences had 33 graduates who received the BS degree in the 2017-18 academic year, 14 graduates in 2018-19, and 24 graduates in 2019-20.
For the past three years, the number of students returning to the same FCS major or another major in the following year has averaged 62.1%. In the same period, the four-year graduation rate (students who complete a degree in FCS within four years of starting) averaged 58.8%, while the five year graduation rate averaged 82.7%, and the six-year graduation rate averaged 88.4%.
In a survey of graduates from 2016-17, 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.
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