with Slightly Higher Percentages
of Male Students
Lee B. Becker, Tudor Vlad, Megan Vogel, Donna Wilcox and Stephanie Hanisak
Enrollments at journalism and mass communication programs showed significant growth in the autumn of 2007, following a year of almost no growth. The growth in enrollments at the schools closely aligned with the traditional journalism occupations as well as advertising and public relations largely reflected the growth in the overall population of communication programs around the
country. While journalism and mass communication remains a field that is
attractive to women, there is evidence that the growth in the percentage of students
who are female has halted. The percentage of students who are labeled as racial or ethnic minorities also is not changing dramatically. The students enrolled in journalism and mass communication programs play an important role in the evaluation of the faculty in those programs. Student evaluation of teaching and publication in peer-refereed journals are the two most important criteria for promotion and tenure decisions by administrators of those programs.
Becker, L. B., Vlad, T., Vogel, M., Wilcox, D., and Hanisak, S. (2007). Enrollments Increase, with Slightly Higher Percentages of Male Students. Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, 63 (3), 198-223.
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