Spring11 FIG-15 Shorter Multimedia Certificates

Area: Multimedia Arts


Lee Marrs
Hannah Chauvet
Sabrina Nelson

Research Question:

Would shorter certificates result in more retention and persistence in MMArts?

Research Methods:

Surveyed MMArts students.


  1. A majority of students taking courses are looking to upgrade their professional skills and only ⅓ of students are trying to transfer;
  2. A majority of students already have degrees;
  3. People with only GEDs or high school grads are not earning certificates (why?);
  4. Many students dropped classes because of external conflicts or didn’t understand what the course might teach them.


  1. Develop more focused and easily obtainable certificates (that are stackable) to increase student success.

Final Report:

MMART FIG Report (S2011)