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Council for Accreditation of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

During the 2016 academic year, four programs went through the accreditation process and were reaccredited through the Council for Accreditation of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences: Retail Merchandising and Fashion Product Development; Restaurant, Hotel, and Tourism; Customer Service; and Family and Consumer Sciences Education. The Hospitality Management program was added after reaccreditation.


The mission of the department prepares individuals to advocate for consumer well-being. This is accomplished through the development of a lifelong learning perspective that values mentoring, ethical leadership, social responsibility, and the ability to adapt to an ever-changing diverse global environment.

Unit Priorities

The priorities of the Unit are:

  1. consumer-oriented graduates who effectively cultivate integrative study and use their knowledge and abilities to promote the well-being of individuals, and families within a diverse and global community;
  2. outstanding, cutting-edge, relevant, quality, and fully accredited academic programs;
  3. academically prepared, knowledgeable, creative, diverse, and productive faculty;
  4. up-to-date, well-equipped, maintained, accessible, and safe classrooms and laboratory facilities;
  5. an environment conducive to the intellectual, physical, and social development of our student population; and
  6. a resource management plan that is adequate for implementing the planning and evaluation strategies of the Unit.

Graduation Rates at 4, 5, and 6 Years

% Graduated University
Cohort Term Headcount 4 5 6
Fall 2016 8 37.5% 37.5% 37.5%
Fall 2017 7 85.7% 85.7%  
Fall 2018 8 37.5%    

*Rates include graduations through the Summer term of each year.

*Rates are accumulative; the 5-year rate includes those who graduated after 4 years.

*The most recent rates (6-year for 2016, 5-year for 2017, and 4-year for 2018) include preliminary data for the Summer 2022 degrees. Those data will be finalized in the fall of 2022, and the rates may change slightly at that time.

Retention to Fall Semesters by Entering Cohort

Percentage Retained University
Cohort Term Headcount Fall 2 Fall 3 Fall 4 Fall 5 Fall 6 Fall 7
Fall 2016 8 62.5% 62.5% 50% 0% 0% 0%
Fall 2017 7 85.7% 85.7% 71.4% 0% 0%  
Fall 2018 8 75% 75% 75% 0%    
Fall 2019 5 100% 80% 80%      
Fall 2020 8 75% 75%        
Fall 2021 16 81.3%          

Pearson Licensure Data

The Ohio Assessments for Educators are administered by Pearson and must be passed for teacher candidates, principal candidates, and school counselors to be licensed in the State of Ohio. It is important to note that due to statewide issues with several of the tests, the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Higher Education are recalibrating those tests to better align with Ohio standards.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, testing centers were closed for a period of time in the 2019-2020 academic year which disrupted the number of candidates and the timeframe in which candidates typically take the test during the academic year. Candidates were also allowed to postpone their tests during the 2020-2021 academic year and receive a temporary teaching license, which further delayed candidates from taking the tests. A minimum score of 220 must be met in order for candidates to pass the OAE licensure exam and apply for licensure through the Ohio Department of Education. Due to having less than ten students per academic year, the data cannot be disaggregated. The pass rate for OAE licensure exams from the 2019-2020, 2020-2021, and 2021-2022 academic years is 100%.

Teacher Internships

For Family and Consumer Science Education majors, students will complete one full internship year, with two semesters in the same setting for their Professional Internship I and Professional Internship II. For the 2019-2020, 2020-2021, and 2021-2022 academic years, 100% of professional interns that entered the professional internship in the Family and Consumer Sciences program successfully completed the professional internship.