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Undergraduate Enrollment Trends in Natural Resources at NAUFRP Institutions: An Update
Conference on University Education in Natural Resources (2010)
  • Terry L Sharik, Utah State University
  • Robert J Lilieholm, University of Maine
Abstract

Undergraduate enrollments in natural resources were analyzed for 30 NAUFRP institutions from around the country, covering the period 1980-2009. Results indicate that the steady downturn in enrollments beginning in the mid 1990s reversed itself in 2003 and continued to increase steadily through the present. Enrollments in the general category of Natural Resources and Environment recently eclipsed those in other more traditional fields of study such as forestry and wildlife and fisheries. Forestry enrollments, which in 1980 constituted nearly half of the total enrollments in all natural resource fields, currently make up less than only about one-fifth of these enrollments. These results have important implications for the academic institutions offering programs in natural resources and for the various employers of the graduates of these programs.

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Publication Date
2010
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Citation: Sharik, T.L., R.J. Lillieholm. 2010. Undergraduate enrollment trends in natural resources at NAUFRP institutions: an update. UENR Biennial Conference, Session Recruitment and Enrollment, Paper Number 1. http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/cuenr/Sessions/Recruitment/1/.

Citation Information
Terry L Sharik and Robert J Lilieholm. "Undergraduate Enrollment Trends in Natural Resources at NAUFRP Institutions: An Update" Conference on University Education in Natural Resources (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/terry_sharik/12/