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ERIC Number: EJ840105
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1042-0541
The Effect of Participating in a Pre-Veterinary Learning Community of Freshmen Interest Group (FIG) Has on the Odds of New Animal Science Majors Graduate
Purdie, John R., II; Williams, James E.; Ellersieck, Mark R.
Journal of Agricultural Education, v48 n2 p46-55 2007
All first-year students who entered the University of Missouri-Columbia as animal science majors between the fall of 1998 and 2004 (n = 619) had the opportunity to participate in a residentially-based Freshmen Interest Group (FIG) and/or a learning community specifically designed for them. The odds of graduating is significant for all three program levels (i.e. FIG, LC, Neither). However, after controlling for entering characteristics (i.e., ACT score, high school GPA, gender, and ethnicity), the students who participated in FIGs have significantly higher odds than those who participated in neither program (Odds ratio 1.698; p less than 0.0245). The odds for students who participated in only the learning community but not the FIG were not significantly different from those who participated in neither program (Odds ratio = 1.387; p greater than 0.287). This study contributes to the growing body of literature regarding the efficacy of an intentionally designed program, such as FIGs, which integrate the curricular and residential experiences of first-year students. (Contains 3 tables.)
American Association for Agricultural Education. Box 7607, Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, Raleigh, NC 27695. Web site: http://www.aaaeonline.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Missouri