Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Swortzel, Kirk A.

Committee Member

Jagger, Carla

Committee Member

Newman, Michael E.

Committee Member

King, Stephanie

Date of Degree


Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access


Agricultural and Extension Education

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


School of Human Sciences


The purpose of this study was to describe the perceptions and attitudes of college and university administrators toward secondary agricultural education programs and the FFA. The study followed a descriptive survey research design. A researcher-modified questionnaire was sent electronically through Qualtrics to 265 college and university administrators who were in charge or undergraduate programs in agriculture, natural resources, and related science programs were offered. One hundred one individuals responded in the study for a response rate of 38 percent. The data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, t-tests, and ANOVA. The study found that current college and university administrators of agriculture programs for undergraduates were males over 46 years of age and had worked in academic for over 20 years. These individuals had been in their current positions for between 1 and 6 years. Less than a majority of current college administrators has high school agriculture as a secondary student, had a supervised agricultural experience program (SAEP), or had been a member of the FFA. College administrators who worked at non land-grant universities, who had high school agriculture classes, were FFA members, had an SAEP, or who volunteered for FFA activities had stronger perceptions regarding secondary agricultural education programs and the FFA than did their counterparts. Recommendations are made to work with secondary agricultural education programs in establishing positive relationships with teachers and students and to offer opportunities to expose students to educational opportunities on college campuses. Additional research should be conducted with faculty members on their relationships with secondary agricultural education programs and the FFA.



secondary agricultural education||SAE||FFA