ERIC Number: ED316662
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Undergraduate Education in Agriculture. A National Study of Agriculture Colleges in the United States.
Love, Gene M.; And Others
A study was undertaken to provide a database relative to the missions and objectives for undergraduate programs in agriculture. Over 900 faculty representing 50 randomly selected universities offering undergraduate degrees responded to a mailed questionnaire. Graduating seniors at land grant universities were surveyed. Faculty findings included the following: (1) critical thinking and technical competence were the most frequently supported primary objectives essential to undergraduate education in agriculture; (2) two enabling objectives--written communication and oral communication--received the greatest amount of support; (3) approximately two-thirds indicated that their colleges and respective departments had written mission and objective statements, but only one-half of the two-thirds reported having a working knowledge of the mission and objectives; and (4) 97 percent agreed that faculty have primary responsibility for monitoring student attainment of undergraduate educational objectives, but there was little evidence to suggest that this is currently occurring on a formal basis. Both faculty and students had very similar perceptions regarding the seniors' technical competence and competence relative to comprehensive application; however, only 72 percent of the graduating seniors thought that they possessed entry-level competence relative to career and job orientation whereas 86 percent of the faculty felt that the students did. Data is displayed in four tables and seven figures. (CML)
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Critical Thinking, Higher Education, Land Grant Universities, Mission Statements, National Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Program Evaluation, Speech Skills, Student Attitudes, Student Educational Objectives, Teacher Attitudes, Undergraduate Study, Writing Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Science and Education Administration (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Dept. of Agricultural and Extension Education.
Note: For the full report of this study, see ED 315 573.