Volume 40 - Number 2 - 1999 | DOI: 10.5032/jae.1999.02001



The primary purpose of this study was to assess the attitudes and intentions of university College of Agriculture freshmen toward high school and university agriculture programs and the field of agriculture. Results indicated that a majority of freshmen students were male, white, had agricultural experience, completed high school agricultural coursework, andpossessed either afarm or rural background. Students agreed that high school agriculture courses were applicable to college preparatory programs and that these courses were goodpreparation for studying agriculture in college. They likewise agreed that all students should enroll in college agriculture courses. Ninety-seven percent of the students who had completed high school courseworkplanned on graduating with a degree in agriculture. Additionally, students who had completed high school agriculture courses expressed more positive attitudes toward university agriculture programs, high school agriculture programs, and agriculture as a career than did students with no high schoolagriculture experience. Students indicated that the most infuentialperson in their decision to attend the College of Agriculture was their high school agriculture teacher.

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