Faculty & Staff

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’s foundation 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: Human Development and Family Science, 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 2015-16 Fall 2016-17 Fall 2017-18 Fall 2018-19 Fall 2019-20
Human Development and Family Science 139 145 147 132 135
Fashion Merchandising and Retail Studies 39 49 41 32 33
Nutrition and Dietetics – BS 59 73 63 56 65
Nutrition and Dietetics – MS 57 44 38 42 38
Total 294 311 289 262 271

Retention

Over the past five academic years (2014-2019), the overall retention rate for the undergraduate programs in the School of Human Ecology is 91.09 percent.

Academic year Total undergraduate enrollment Student attrition Retention rate
2014-15 235 30 87.23%
2015-16 237 19 91.9%
2016-17 267 18 93.26%
2017-18 251 31 87.65%
2018-19 250 21 95.41%
Five-year totals 1240 119 91.09%

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 
2014-15 graduates 44 6 (13.6%) 26 (59.1%) 9 (20.5%) 3 (6.8%) 0 4.1
2015-16 graduates 45 20 (44%) 2 (4.4%) 16 (35.5%) 7 (15.5%) 1 (2.2%) 5.3
2016-17 graduates 78 39 (49.4%) 27 (34.2%) 12 (15.2%) 0 0 (1.2%) 3.68
2017-18 graduates 79 51 (64.5%) 16 (20.2%) 12 (15.1%) 0 2 (2%) 3.79
2018-19 graduates 73 58 (81%) 9 (12%) 6 (8%) 0    
Five-year totals 319 174 (42%) 80 (30%) 55 (21%) 10 (5%) 5 (2%) 4.2

Licensing, certifications, and credentialing

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

  • In 2019, five DPD students applied to dietetic internships with five being accepted. This acceptance rate is 100% and is above the national average (63%)
  • Over the past five years (2014-18), the DPD program has had 39 students take the RD exam with 37 passing (94.9%)
  • In the past five years (2014- 2018), the Dietetic Internship (DI) program has had 75 students take the RD exam with 75 passing (100% pass rate)

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

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