Event Title

Student Attraction to and Hesitancy about Matriculating in an Undergraduate Forestry Degree Program in the U.S.

Presenter Information

Terry L. Sharik
Stacey Frisk

Location

LaSells Stewart Center

Event Website

http://uenr.forestry.oregonstate.edu/

Start Date

14-3-2008 2:30 PM

End Date

14-3-2008 3:00 PM

Description

Undergraduate enrollments in forestry degree programs have been dropping sharply since the mid 1990s, causing considerable concern on the part of academic institutions that offer these programs and entities that hire graduates in this field, especially in the light of projected increases in the demand for these graduates. Accordingly, in 2004 and 2007 we surveyed undergraduate student leaders in forestry from around the country to determine what attracted them to matriculate in a forestry degree program and conversely, what, if anything, may have made them hesitant to have done so. The overwhelming reason given for deciding to matriculate in forestry was a love of the outdoors/nature, while the predominant reasons for hesitancy over doing so was a perceived lack of jobs and low wages. These results suggest that today’s students are less idealistic and more market-driven than their counterparts in the late 1960s-early 1970s when student enrollments in forestry were at an all-time high. Such changes in student attitudes and perceptions may require educators to consider mechanisms for marketing their degree programs, and for employers to advertise more widely the availability of jobs and consider increasing salary levels.

Comments

Session #3: Recruiting and Retaining Students. Presentation for 7th Biennial Conference on University Education in Natural Resources, March 13-15, 2008, Corvallis, Oregon. Featured in the ScholarsArchive@OSU in Oregon State University. Suggested Citation: Sharik, T.L., Frisk, S. 2008. Student Attraction to and Hesitancy about Matriculating in an Undergraduate Forestry Degree Program in the U.S. UENR 7th Biennial Conference, ScholarsArchive at Oregon State University. http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/xmlui/handle/1957/8332

 
Mar 14th, 2:30 PM Mar 14th, 3:00 PM

Student Attraction to and Hesitancy about Matriculating in an Undergraduate Forestry Degree Program in the U.S.

LaSells Stewart Center

Undergraduate enrollments in forestry degree programs have been dropping sharply since the mid 1990s, causing considerable concern on the part of academic institutions that offer these programs and entities that hire graduates in this field, especially in the light of projected increases in the demand for these graduates. Accordingly, in 2004 and 2007 we surveyed undergraduate student leaders in forestry from around the country to determine what attracted them to matriculate in a forestry degree program and conversely, what, if anything, may have made them hesitant to have done so. The overwhelming reason given for deciding to matriculate in forestry was a love of the outdoors/nature, while the predominant reasons for hesitancy over doing so was a perceived lack of jobs and low wages. These results suggest that today’s students are less idealistic and more market-driven than their counterparts in the late 1960s-early 1970s when student enrollments in forestry were at an all-time high. Such changes in student attitudes and perceptions may require educators to consider mechanisms for marketing their degree programs, and for employers to advertise more widely the availability of jobs and consider increasing salary levels.

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