The purpose of this study was to identify the influence the Utah State University College of Agriculture concurrent credit program has had on students' attitudes toward agriculture and their intention to attend Utah State University in the College of Agriculture.

The target population for this study was the Utah high school agricultural education students participating in the concurrent credit program. All schools that participated in the program were matched with another school that had not participated on such characteristics as school size, distance from USU, and urban or rural setting. A 100% return rate yielded 398 student responses.

One difference found in comparing the concurrent credit students with students that did not enroll in a concurrent credit course was high school GPA. Students with a higher GPA were enrolling in concurrent credit programs. This study revealed that students participated in the concurrent credit program to accelerate their college graduation rate. The concurrent credit program did not significantly influence the students' perceptions of agriculture. The program did serve to attract students to enroll at Utah State University. However, while influencing the student's decision to attend USU, the concurrent credit program did not necessary encourage the students to enroll in the College of Agriculture.



Utah concurrent credit program, enrollment, high school students

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