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Council for Accreditation of the American
Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

Vision 

The School of Human Ecology will provide academically challenging programs that offer flexible learning opportunities, support, and educate generations whose goals are to lead and assist others in having a quality of life via technology, learning community, research and outreach.

Mission          

The School of Human Ecology’s mission is to explore and enhance the human experience through the context of families, nutrition, and merchandising. With a focus on promoting diversity and sustainability in a globalizing and ever-changing world, we endeavor to create competent and engaged professionals, contribute to scholarly research, and partner with and provide services for the community.

Program highlights  

The School of Human Ecology has been an integral part of Louisiana Tech University since the university was founded in 1894.  The School’s programs were the first offered in its disciplines in the state.

Currently, The School of Human Ecology houses one graduate program in Nutrition and Dietetics, one graduate certificate program in Dietetics, a post-baccalaureate dietetic internship, and three undergraduate programs:  Family and Child Studies, Fashion Merchandising and Retail Studies, and Nutrition and Dietetics. 

The following data represents enrollment, retention, graduation, and licensing/certification performance indicators for the School of Human Ecology over the most recent five-year reporting periods.

Enrollment

The following table represents the five- year enrollment data for The School of Human Ecology’s current undergraduate and graduate degree programs:

  Fall 2013-14 Fall 2014-15 Fall 2015-16 Fall 2016-17 Fall 2017-18
Family and Child Studies 121 134 139 145 147
Fashion Merchandising and Retail Studies 36 34 39 49 41
Nutrition and Dietetics – BS 70 67 59 73 63
Nutrition and Dietetics – MS 40 46 57 44 38
Total 267 281 294 311 289

Retention

Over the past five academic years (2012-2017), the overall retention rate for the undergraduate programs in the School of Human Ecology is 84.9 percent.

Academic year Total undergraduate enrollment Student attrition Retention rate
2012-13 208 22 89.42%
2013-14 227 15 93.39%
2014-15 235 30 87.23%
2015-16 237 19 91.9%
2016-17 264 18 63.0%
Five-year totals 1171 104 84.9%

Years to graduation

  Total graduates Students graduating in less than four years Students graduating in four years Students graduating in 4.25-5 years Students graduating in 5.25-6 years Students graduating in more than six years Average years to graduation 
2016-17 graduates 79 39 (49.4%) 27 (34.2%) 12 (15.2%) 0 1 (1.3%) 3.7
2015-16 graduates 46 20 (43.5%) 2 (4.3%) 16 (34.8%) 7 (15.2%) 1 (2.2%) 4.2
2014-15 graduates 44 6 (13.6%) 26 (59.1%) 9 (20.5%) 3 (6.8%) 0 4.1
2013-14 graduates 47 9 (19.1%) 19 (40.4%) 12 (25.5%) 5 (10.6%) 2 (8.5%) 4.3
2012-13 graduates 29 3 (10.4%) 11 (37.9%) 13 (44.8%) 2 (6.9%) 0 4.4
Five-year totals 245 77 (27%) 85 (35%) 62 (28%) 17 (7.6%) 4 (2.4%) 4.1

Licensing, certifications, and credentialing

The School of Human Ecology houses a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) as well as a Dietetic Internship (DI).

  • In 2017, seven DPD students applied to dietetic internships, with five being accepted.  This acceptance rate (71%) is above the national average (56%)
  • Over the past 5 years (2012-2016), the DPD program has had 46 students take the RD exam with 35 passing on the first attempt.(76% first time pass rate)
  • In the past 5 years, the Dietetic Internship (DI) program has had 70 students take the RD exam with 61 passing on the first attempt. (87% pass rate)

The School of Human Ecology also houses a Family and Child Studies Program. Although the national organizations do not release test results data, graduates are eligible to pursue the following certifications:

  • Certified Child Life Specialist (Family and Child Studies graduates with concentrations in Child Life)
  • Certified Family Life Educator (Family and Child Studies graduates with concentration in Family Science)