Career Advancement Comparison Between Ornamental Horticulture Associate and Non-Degree Training Programs
University of Delaware
This study was conducted to determine if there is a difference between the career advancement of alumni of ornamental horticulture associate degree and non-degree programs. The researcher theorized that there would be a significant difference between the career advancement in favor of graduates from horticultural associate degree programs. The researcher administered a survey to the alumni of three associate degree and three non-degree training programs. The surveys were constructed using guidelines from career advancement validation research conducted at Alverno College, Milwaukee Wisconsin (Ben-Ur & Rogers, 1994). The programs were chosen from Northeastern United States and Southeastern Canada. Since all six programs used in this study were selected based on their perceived high reputations the most esteemed associate degree programs are compared to the most esteemed non-degree training programs. Chi-square and t-test analysis were used (a=.01 and a=.05) to analyze the data collected. The statistical analysis of the data did not support the presupposition that there would be a significant difference between the career advancement in favor of graduates from horticultural associate degree programs. The analysis supported the counter-presupposition that there is no difference in the career advancement of graduates from horticultural associate and non-degree training programs. a bachelors degree than students who attend an non-college institution, and receive a diploma, Since Pascarella and Terenzini found the achievement of a bachelors degree a key factor in career advancement, this researcher believes that students attending non-college programs would have lower career advancement than students attending a four-year and two-year college programs.
Education - public gardens, Instruction, Non degree programs, Degree programs, Career development