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ERIC Number: ED186160
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Southern Urban Aggies: A Preliminary Look.
Parent, F. Dale; Frese, Wolfgang
Contrary to recent national trends, enrollments at colleges of agriculture have increased 181% between 1963 and 1976, with an ever increasing proportion of agricultural students coming from urban backgrounds. During the spring of 1977, mail questionnaire data were collected from 3,175 undergraduate "ag" majors (93.8% White and 6.2% Black) enrolled in colleges of agriculture at land-grant universities in 13 southern states. Findings indicated that about 57% of the students were from urban areas; 41% of the rural students came from farms and the other 52.9% came from rural non-farm areas; males comprised about 75% of the agriculture student body; since their childhood, a majority of the parents had moved to more urban areas while those reared in urban areas had tended to remain there; agriculture students from urban areas both aspired to and expected more education than those from rural areas; 62% of the students were in traditional fields of study; urbanites comprised at least 60% of students enrolled in non-traditional majors (forestry and wildlife, preveterinary medicine, landscape architecture, biological science, and food science); 78% of students had had some agricultural work experience; students showed a preference for eventually living in areas similar to those in which they currently resided. Findings suggest that the image of farming and agriculture as a whole will continue to change as more and more college educated city-dwellers enter these occupations. (NEC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Extension Service, Jackson.; Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: United States (South)
Note: Paper presented at the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists meeting (Hot Springs, AR, February, 1980). Publication contributes to USDA Cooperative State Research Service Southern Regional Project S-114, "Defining and Achieving Life Goals: A Process of Human Resource Development".