Any professional who cannot or does not generate enough interest to at least perpetuate itself will ultimately die. Perhaps the single greatest concern today among the Nation's college and university agricultural programs is declining enrollment. This situation has already reached crisis proportions at some institutions. According to a recent Resident Instruction Committee on Operations and Policy (RICOP) report, post secondary level undergraduate agricultural enrollment nationwide is down 36% since 1981. There is much speculation concerning the causes of this problem; currently the most frequently mentioned factor is the poor image of the agricultural industry, especially among students who might consider professional careers in agriculture.
high school science teachers, animal science, image, enrollment