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ERIC Number: ED410804
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 137
Abstractor: N/A
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Characteristics of the Equine Degree Department: Budgeting and the Department Chairperson.
Matte, Grace E.
This study examined characteristics of 73 equine degree programs in the United States, the training and duties of their department chairpersons, and their budgetary processes. Analysis of data from questionnaire responses revealed a large variety of equine degree and minor programs, with annual budgets ranging from $2,000 to $757,200. Public institutions were twice as common as private institutions. The study found: the average equine department had been in existence for 11.58 years, enrolled 62 students, and employed five part and/or full time faculty members; the mean ratio of equine students to faculty members was 18:1; the average class time was distributed into 52 percent lecture, 48 percent lab; and the mean number of horses per student was 1.44. The study concluded that equine programs tend to emphasize hands-on career skills. Major budget categories of the programs surveyed were: salaries (44 percent), horse care (21 percent), and equipment purchase/facility maintenance (10 percent). Most department chairpersons held equine-related degrees or training and spent the largest portion of their time (47 percent) on teaching and advising students. Data also suggested that equine programs are a potential source of revenue to colleges. Appendices include the study questionnaire and detail on the research sample. (Contains 40 references.) Author/LEE)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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