The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has been designated as the recipient of what’s expected to be one of the largest gifts in Iowa State University’s history, and the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication is one of several programs that will initially benefit.
“The Greenlee School has earned an excellent reputation as an emerging leader in media and mass communication education. With outstanding placement rates for its students, its enrollments have continued to grow and the school is now poised for true national prominence. This gift will make that a reality. It will support scholarships and internships, it will help attract and recognize top faculty and it will do so much more,” said Beate Schmittmann, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The Greenlee School continues to place students in positions in Iowa, the nation and world, with 95% of advertising, journalism and mass communication and public relations degree-holders finding employment within six months of commencement. Last year the school set an enrollment record with 844 majors, up from 612 in 2011. Enrollment has increased each year. In Fall 2016, advertising enrollment was 215; journalism and mass communication, 346; and public relations, 283.
“This gift is especially important to the Greenlee School, as our enrollment has grown 38% in the past five years,” said Michael Bugeja, director. “We are a nationally recognized program about to catapult into the top ranks of journalism and mass communication programs in the country. That is what this gift helps accomplish.”
The gift will take the form of an endowment, and will benefit all areas of the college in the long term. Greenlee, the theatre program and data sciences will be the initial recipients of support.