The Meek School of Journalism and New Media

The University of Mississippi

School Facts

Review and Forecast

Every four years, deans of academic units at the University of Mississippi are invited to prepare a document setting forth their vision for the academic units, measures taken to achieve that vision, an evaluation of progress and a description and forecast for the unit’s direction. Following is the report of Dean H. Will Norton, Jr., who was appointed as the Meek School’s inaugural dean when the school was created in 2009.

Dean’s Quadrennial Review

The Meek School of Journalism and New Media was created in 2009 as an outgrowth of the former Department of Journalism, which was in the College of Liberal Arts. All students admitted to the University of Mississippi meet the criteria for admission to the Meek School. Undergraduate degree programs are Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Bachelor of Science in Integrated Marketing Communication. There are sequences and emphases in broadcast journalism, service journalism (magazines), print journalism and public relations.


Meek School Undergraduate Enrollment

FALL 2010 Fall 2011 Fall 2012 Fall 2013 Fall 2014 Fall 2015
BAJ 501* 572 542 415 462 505
BSIMC 27 51 164 492 609 817
Total 528 623 706 907 1071 1322

* Includes BSIMC (authorized in November 2010)


Meek School Retention Rates

Expressed as percentage

First Year Second Year Third Year
2009 83.1 58.0 72.7 48.1 68.3 44.4
2010 81.2 64.2 72.3 51.4 67.7 48.6
2011 80.9 70.0 71.6 51.1 66.6 45.4
2012 85.6 86.4 75.9 77.3
2013 84.7 88.5

Retention rates show the percentage of students who remain at an institution or in a major after they begin coursework. They are based on incoming freshman cohorts each fall. High retention rates indicate student satisfaction with an institution or program. Percentages include both Meek School majors.


Meek School Graduation Rates

Four Years Five Years Six Years
2009 39.1 28.4 57.8 35.8 60.5 35.8
2010 37.0 32.1 52.5 36.7
2011 27.4 20.6

Graduation rates are calculated by dividing the number of graduating students by the number of students in the freshman cohort each fall. Graduation rates reflect a commitment to ensuring that students successfully complete their degrees. Percentages include both Meek School majors.


Meek School Scholarships*

Total awarded by calendar year

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
$59,139 $63,352 $51,947 $51,882 $51,150 $75,200

* Proceeds from endowed school funds. Includes both BAJ and BSIMC recipients. Does not include general or university scholarships.


Annual Reports