College of Agriculture & Human Ecology

School of 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 seven basic areas of study:

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           



Facts about the School of Human Ecology

Licensing and Credentialing

Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD): For the time period 2007-2017, 168 students graduated from the TTU DPD program with a Verification statement. Of these, 101 (of 168) applied to a supervised practice program (internship) within 12 months of their graduation for an application rate of 60%.

DPD Results: Of the 101 students who applied for supervised practice within 12 months of graduation, 61 were accepted for a graduate acceptance rate of 60%. The national average for acceptance into a dietetic supervised practice program is currently 56%. 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 2 50
2013 3 3 100
2014 3 3 100
2015
5 4 80%
2016 9 9 100%
Total 42 36 86%

The ACEND benchmark for first time test takers over a five-year period is 80%. 

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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
2015 1
2016 0
2017 1
Total Licensed Teachers 32

Graduation Rates of First Time Freshmen, 6-year Rate

Human Ecology (HEC) Fall 2009 Cohort Fall 2010 Cohort Fall 2011 Cohort Fall 2012 Cohort Fall 2013 Cohort
Enrolled in HEC 29 20 15 27 26
Graduated from HEC 17 (59%) 14 (70%) 8 (53%) 12 (44%) N/A
TTU Rate
52.7%
51.1%
43.2%
29%
N/A
  • 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 Fall, 2015 Fall, 2016Fall, 2017
Human Ecology (total) 175 201 205 266 263 252 259 257242
Housing 43 44 43 41 31 27 20 3124
Merchandising 30 34 34 42 36 36 34 3332
Child Dev/Fam Rel 31 36 40 84 102 80 76 7592
HEC Educ 14 17 17 16 13 11 9 79
Nutrition & Dietetics 57 68 70 82 80 72 82 6946
Child Life 0 0 0 0 0 26 37 4033
Foodsystems Administration 0 0 0 0 0 0 006

Retention Rates for First Time Freshmen

Fall 2014 Cohort

  • The Fall 2014 cohort fall to fall retention rate was 90.32%, compared to 75.7% for the university. 
  • The retention rate for continuing in the same program was 83.2% for HEC, compared to 54.2% for the university.

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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