Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Agricultural & Extension Education (MS)

Degree Level



Agricultural Education, Communications and Technology


Don Edgar

Committee Member

George Wardlow

Second Committee Member

Don Johnson

Third Committee Member

Vinson Carter


Education, Agricultural education, Future Farmers of America, Supervised agricultural experience


The purpose of this study was to study select secondary agricultural education programs and determine common traits among these programs which lead them to be successful in a number of different areas including: Career Development Events (CDE) winners, Leadership Development Events (LDE) winners, agricultural science fair winners, chapters of elected state FFA officers, proficiency award winners, national chapter awards, and state fair market show results. This study utilized a modified Delphi approach consisting of three rounds to reach consensus on the importance of traits related to successful SAE and FFA programs. Many traits were identified but the most important traits associated with high performing programs that instructors agreed on were 1) student commitment to involvement, 2) student willingness to participate, 3) student enthusiasm about participation, 4) student initiative, and 6) student interest in their project. This research also found that although every student is required to have an SAE and previous research recommends providing grades based on SAE projects, teachers in this study found grading SAEs unimportant and many did not have 100% participation in SAEs.