ERIC Number: ED087944
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Jul
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Curricular Choices and Performance of Students in the College of Agriculture at Texas A and M University.
Williams, Henry L.; Webb, Earl S.
The research was designed to determine the net effect of changes by students from one curriculum to another as measured by grades and expressed satisfaction with choices, in order to obtain information to be used in counseling. On the basis of information from the Office of Associate Dean for Instruction in the College of Agriculture, the Registrar's Office, and questionnaires from 344 senior, male, Texas-resident students of the College in the Fall semester of 1969, several determinations were made. (1) Factors influencing students to major in agriculture were: college teachers for the changers, parents and vocational agriculture teachers for the non-changers. Experience factors influenced both groups. (2) Stability of choice of curricula was associated with the size of high school graduating classes (students from smaller classes changing less frequently), with the size of the hometown (percent of non-changers inversely related to size), and with the student's satisfaction with the person influencing the selection of the University and with the person influencing the choice of major. (3) Mean scholastic aptitude test scores were higher for changers than non-changers. (4) The academic performance was better for non-changers. On the basis of the information gathered, brief conclusions were presented and recommendations proposed. (AG)
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Authoring Institution: Texas A and M Univ., College Station. Dept. of Agricultural Education.
Identifiers - Location: Texas