Thesis Title

Academic Achievement and Graduation Rates of Native and Transfer Students in the Department of Agriculture At Missouri State University

Date of Graduation

Spring 2006

Degree

Master of Natural and Applied Science in Agriculture

Department

College of Agriculture

Committee Chair

Weston Walker

Keywords

transfer, academic achievement, graduation rate, retention, agriculture

Subject Categories

Agriculture

Abstract

Predicting academic achievement and graduation is a valuable tool for recruitment and advisement of agriculture students. Such data is not known for Missouri State transfer and native agriculture students. Undergraduate degree-seeking agriculture juniors in the fall of 2003 were selected for the study. Of this group, 58 were native students, 32 were transfer students with an associate degree, and 35 were transfer studnts without an associate degree. Native students' cumulative GPS from fall 2003 to summer 2005 at Missouri State University was significantly higher (p<0.05) than students that transferred both with and without an associate degree. There was a significant difference (p<0.001) in graduation rate among the groups. Data suggests the need for increased academic and retention efforts for junior agriculture majors transferring regardless of associate degree attainment.

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© Randi L. Manier

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