ttu logo

tennessee technological university

College of Agriculture & Human Ecology


Welcome to the School of Human Ecology!

image of Dr. Melinda Anderson

Dr. Melinda Anderson

Director, 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 contact us.

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 2007-2013, 97 students graduated from the TTU DPD program with a Verification Statement. Of these, 51 (of 97) students applied to a supervised practice program (internship) within 12 months of their graduation for an application rate of 52%.

DPD Results: Of the 51 students who applied for supervised practice within 12 months of graduation, 27 were accepted for a graduate acceptance rate of 53%. The national average for acceptance into a dietetic supervised practice program is currently 51%. Other students applied first to graduate school, and subsequently applied to a dietetic internship more than 12 months after graduation, and 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
Total 22 16 73

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
Total Licensed Teachers 23

Graduation Rates of First Time Freshmen, 6-year Rate

Unit Years Years Years Years
Human Ecology (HEC) 2004-2010 2005-2011 2006-2012 2007-2013
Enrolled in HEC 17 20 22 24
Graduated from HEC 4 (24%) 7 (35%) 9 (41%) 7 (29%)
Graduated from TTU (includes HEC) 8 (47%) 13 (65%) 14 (64 %) 9 (38%)
TTU Rate 48.4% 50% 52% 50.6%
  • Average graduation rate from Human Ecology, over past 4 cohorts: 32%
  • Average graduation rate from TTU, over past 4 cohorts: 50.25%

Enrollment

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

Retention Rates for First Time Freshmen

Fall 2011 Cohort

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

Fall 2012 Cohort

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

Accredited by the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences

large FCS_rev2