Annual Report for 1959-60 Instruction, School of Agriculture


Annual Report for 1959-60 Instruction, School of Agriculture


The Annual Report of North Carolina State University School of Agriculture and Life Sciences summarizes the year's changes in agriculture; changes in the school's curriculum, buildings, and courses; Extension; and research. This report states the programs new concept of agriculture is well received by the faculty and people throughout North Carolina. The summary states these new programs of instruction are for men and women, though no mention of minorities is present. The report also discusses: increased enrollment; male students adjusting to life on campus; a gap in the levels of academic work in high school and at North Carolina State College; the advising staff; guidance of high school students towards an agricultural career; quality of instruction; courses; and the new Agricultural Institute formed in 1959. The development of the Agricultural Institute is important to the themes of empowerment because white men who could not afford a baccalaureate degree could now pursue a formal education and agriculture in an Associates program. The charts at the end of the document show the total numbers of enrollment in the various agriculture curriculum and student body sizes per class from 1955-1956, 1956-1957, 1957-1958, 1958-1959, and 1959-1960.


H.B. James


H.B. James, "Annual Report for 1959-60 Instruction, School of Agriculture," North Carolina State University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Annual Reports, UA 100.02.001, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC.






Raleigh, North Carolina


The excerpted transcription highlights sections VII of page 6 and entry number 8 of page 8-9. See the PDF for the full document.

p. 6:
"VII. Programs developed for the Agricultural Institute. In 1959 the legislature made funds available and instructed the School of Agriculture at North Carolina State College to develop a two-year program in agriculture. Dr. Homer C. Folks was hired as assistant director of instruction and director of the Agricultural Institute and given the responsibility for developing the institute program. The over-all program was discussed with the faculty, with groups of people throughout North Carolina, and with a select number of institutions throughout the country. Five programs (curricula) have been selected and approved for offering during the 1960-61 academic year. These are: Farm Equipment sales and service, General Agriculture, Livestock Management and Technology, Pest Control, and Poultry Technology.

Students are now being enrolled in the Agricultural Institute program, and it appears that we will have a very fine group of young men in the institute program in the fall of 1960."

p. 8-9:

"8. Education is essential to democracy. Our way of life depends on an enlightened, well trained, educated population. Agriculture affects the lives of all people in one way or another. The more efficient agriculture can be made, the fewer resources will be required to produce food and fiber to meet the needs of the population. As agriculture becomes more efficient, resources can be released for other uses and the level of living of the population can rise. This process is fundamental to economic growth and development."

p. 9:
"The ability of agriculture to continue to grow, develop, and increase efficiency depends in a large measure on its leaders. The program of instruction in the School of Agriculture at North Carolina State College is designed to train people in modern agriculture and to develop outstanding citizens and leaders with foresight and vision. The quality of our training programs will influence the growth and development of our state, region, and nation. The School of Agriculture at North Carolina State College can provide education for the masses so essential to our democratic way of life, and at the same time it can provide superior training programs for the brilliant."

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