ERIC Number: ED168794
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
A Profile of Agriculture Students at Murray State University.
George, K. M.
In 1978, 150 randomly selected agriculture students at Murray State University were surveyed to determine their general background characteristics, high school characteristics, work experiences, people and factors influential in their choice of a college major, goals and expectations, and selected agriculture related attitudes. The agriculture students' similarities and differences with counterparts at the 1862 land grant universities in the South were also determined. Over 95 percent of Murray State agriculture students were white and one in five was female. Murray students were more rural with 58 percent claiming farm or open country residence, a proportion twice as great as that of land grant schools. Slightly more than 60 percent of students in both groups mentioned parental influence in their choice of career major. Eighty-seven percent of the Murray students cited preference for country life as a reason for choosing the agriculture major. A higher proportion of Murray students (84 percent) depended on scholarships and student loans and grants as a source for financial support. This study is a part of the Southern Regional Research Project S-114, which seeks to obtain a better understanding of the reasons why students select agriculture as their major, as well as the factors relating to their career choices. Tabular data summarize the percentage responses of both study groups. (DS)
Descriptors: Agricultural Colleges, Agricultural Education, Aspiration, Attitudes, Career Choice, College Students, Comparative Analysis, Family Characteristics, Higher Education, Land Grant Universities, Rural Population, Statistical Data, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Student Financial Aid, Surveys, Tables (Data)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.; Murray State Univ., KY.; Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Kentucky; Murray State University KY; Southern Regional Research Project S 114; United States (South)
Note: Publication contributes to USDA Cooperative State Research Service Southern Regional Project S-114, "Defining and Achieving Life Goals: A Process of Human Resource Development" ; Best copy available