AN IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS OF THE LIVED EXPERIENCES OF AGRICULTURAL UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS IN HAITI (2018)

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The purpose of this study was to obtain and in-depth analysis of the lived experiences of undergraduate students in agricultural programs in two universities in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Specifically, this study explored the factors that influenced student satisfaction from the perspectives of alumni, faculty, and students. The objectives were to (1) describe the lived experience of undergraduate students from agricultural programs in Haiti and the factors that influenced their satisfaction, (2) identify the perceptions of faculty teaching in agricultural programs in Haiti of student satisfaction, and (3) describe the undergraduate experience of alumni from agricultural programs in Haiti and the factors that influenced their satisfaction. This study used a phenomenology qualitative research design to capture the essence of the participants’ experiences. The horizonalization process was used to review transcripts from in-depth interviews and then thematic analysis were used to create clusters of meaning. The results indicated that the undergraduate experience of students was academically dense, outdated, stressful, and lacked in student life. While students reported to have a strong grasp on theory, participants shared that they did not have enough field experience. Individual, institutional, and external factors influenced student satisfaction. The findings suggest that the findings suggest that cultural factors in the higher education system are one barrier to improving student experience and that by making simple, low cost changes such as course load limits, new student orientation, and alumni tracking and support, student life and the higher education experience in Haiti could be greatly improved.

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