Annual Report, School of Agriculture June, 1961


Annual Report, School of Agriculture June, 1961


E.W. Glazener, the Director of Instruction reported a substantial increase in freshman enrollment for 1959-1960. Glazener also provided a statistical analysis of these incoming freshmen's background which helps historians understand the male student demographic most interested in agricultural education at the beginning of the 1960s. The School continued to revise its curriculum to be stimulating. On page two Glazener summaries the disposition of the spring graduating class into the professional agricultural field. The only mention of female students in this section is that they "became wives." The lack of focus on women indicates either the administration was not concerned with distinguishing female students from the males, that women had a small presence in the program, or the majority of women did not enter the work force upon graduation.


E.W. Glazener


E.W. Glazener, Annual Report, School of Agriculture June, 1961, 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.




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The excerpted transcription highlights sections of page 1 and 2. See the PDF for the full document.

p. 1:
"Enrollment increased substantially in the freshman class, rising from 111 in 1959 to 170 in 1960. More than 200 active applicants have been received for the fall of 1961. The typical freshman in the 1960 group was 18 years of age and came from a family of four or five. In 90 percent of the cases, he was from North Carolina; 70 percent had a rural background; 40 percent had been a FFA or 4-H Club member. The most striking statistic is that better than 25 percent came from urban areas."

p. 2:
"Representatives of business and agricultural industries have been most complementary of the graduates and of the training program. To a list of 200 national firms, more than 1000 agricultural or agriculturally related businesses located in North Carolina were added this year. This disposition of the spring graduating class is as follows: 33% Agricultural Business and Industry, 25% Professional and Graduate Schools, 15% Military Service, 11% Educational of Government Service, 8% Home Farm, 8% Miscellaneous (undecided, became wives, etc.)

Several approaches were made to inform high school students of training programs and opportunities in agriculture. Approximately 2700 letters were written to high school students who had indicated an interest in agriculture or science. The Agricultural Institute was begun in the fall of 1960 with 95 students enrolling. Predictions are that total enrollment in the will exceed 200 in 1961-62. Of the five programs offered, General Agriculture and Livestock Management and Technology account for about 70 percent of the enrollment. Sixty-five percent of the Institute students plan to return home to the farm."

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E.W. Glazener, “Annual Report, School of Agriculture June, 1961,” The State of History, accessed April 15, 2024,