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College of Agriculture & Human Ecology

Welcome to the School of Human Ecology!

Our purpose in Human Ecology is to prepare professionals to be effective agents for the well-being of children, families and communities.

Here, our rich historic traditions blend with current academics to prepare students for diverse careers. Our School offers five basic areas of study:

  • Child Development and Family Relations
  • Child Life
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Education
  • Food, Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Housing and Design
  • Merchandising and Design

The faculty and staff encourage you to explore our website and Facebook page. If you would like an individualized advising appointment, please visit our Student Success Center.

Thank you,

Dr. Melinda Anderson, Director

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  • Dr. Melinda Anderson
  • Director, School of Human Ecology

Facts about the School of Human Ecology

Licensing and Credentialing

Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD): For the time period 2007-2015, 130 students graduated from the TTU DPD program with a Verification statement. Of these, 83 (of 130) applied to a supervised practice program (internship) within 12 months of their graduation for an application rate of 64%.

DPD Results: Of the 83 students who applied for supervised practice within 12 months of graduation, 48 were accepted for a graduate acceptance rate of 58%. The national average for acceptance into a dietetic supervised practice program is currently 51%. Other students who applied to graduate school first or waited longer than 12 months to apply are not included in this analysis.

Registered Dietitian Exam Pass Rate, TTU School of Human Ecology

Testing Year # of Students taking exam # Passed % Passed
2008 5 4 80
2009 5 5 100
2010 4 3 75
2011 4 3 75
2012 4 1 25
2013 3 1 33
2014 3 3 100
Total 28 20 71

The ACEND benchmark for first time test takers over a five-year period is 80%. The School of Human Ecology DPD program is implementing actions to improve our first time pass rate over the next two years.

Family and Consumer Science Education

Students Licensed as Family and Consumer Science Teachers

Year # of Students
2008-2009 8
2010-2011 6
2012-2013 6
Post Bac Students in 2012 3
2013-2014 6
Post Bac Students in 2014 2
Total Licensed Teachers 31

Graduation Rates of First Time Freshmen, 6-year Rate

Human Ecology (HEC) Fall 2004 Cohort Fall 2005 Cohort Fall 2006 Cohort Fall 2007 Cohort Fall 2008 Cohort
Enrolled in HEC 17 20 22 24 15
Graduated from HEC 4 (24%) 7 (35%) 9 (41%) 7 (29%) 7 (47%)
Graduated from TTU (includes HEC) 8 (47%) 13 (65%) 14 (64 %) 9 (38%) 8 (53%)
TTU Rate 48.4% 50% 52% 50.6% 49.4%
  • Average graduation rate from Human Ecology, over past 5 cohorts: 35.2%
  • Average graduation rate from TTU, over past 5 cohorts: 50%

Enrollment

Unit Fall, 2009 Fall, 2010 Fall, 2011 Fall, 2012 Fall, 2013 Fall, 2014
Human Ecology (total) 175 201 205 266 263 252
Housing 43 44 43 41 31 27
Merchandising 30 34 34 42 36 36
Child Dev/Fam Rel 31 36 40 84 102 80
HEC Educ 14 17 17 16 13 11
Food & Dietetics 57 68 70 82 80 72
Child Life 0 0 0 0 0 26

Retention Rates for First Time Freshmen

Fall 2013 Cohort

  • School of Human Ecology: 26 enrolled, 15 continued in unit to second fall = 67%
  • TTU Retention Rate: 75.7%

Fall 2012 Cohort

  • School of Human Ecology: 27 enrolled, 19 continued in unit to second fall = 70.3%
  • TTU Retention Rate: 74.6%

Fall 2011 Cohort

  • School of Human Ecology: 15 enrolled, 11 continued in unit to second fall = 73.3%
  • TTU Retention Rate: 69.8%

Accredited by the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences

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