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ERIC Number: ED314608
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 14
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Why Enroll? Student Enrollment Strategy in the College of Agriculture and Home Economics.
Christmas, Oren L.
A study was conducted to investigate the factors related to freshman student enrollment in the College of Agriculture and Home Economics at New Mexico State University. A Likert-type survey instrument was developed and administered to a random sample of 106 freshman students enrolled in the college during the 1989 spring semester, excluding those enrolled in home economics. Usable responses were received from 83 (78 percent) of the students surveyed. Factors that students considered influential in their decision to enroll in the college included their agricultural experiences, the perceived opportunities in agriculture, their interest in agriculture, involvement in the secondary agricultural education program, and a feeling of usefulness. Parents were the most influential persons in the students' choice of course of study. Other influential factors included students' secondary program and participation in 4-H clubs. Based on the study, recommendations were made that the college's recruitment efforts should focus on (1) the opportunities available in the field of agriculture; (2) the personal feeling of usefulness or accomplishment possible through employment in the agricultural industry; (3) providing agriculturally related experiences for students; and (4) the parents/guardians of students as influences. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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