Transforming Agricultural Education for a Changing World

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  • Copyright: 2009-10-15
  • Publisher: Natl Academy Pr
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During the next ten years, colleges of agriculture will be challenged to transform their role in higher education and their relationship to the evolving global food and agricultural enterprise. If successful, agriculture colleges will emerge as an important venue for scholars and stakeholders to address some of the most complex and urgent problems facing society. Such a transformation could reestablish and sustain the historical position of the college of agriculture as a cornerstone institution in academe, but for that to occur, a rapid and concerted effort by our higher education system is needed to shape their academic focus around the reality of issues that define the world's systems of food and agriculture and to refashion the way in which they foster knowledge of those complex systems in their students. Although there is no single approach to transforming agricultural education, a commitment to change is imperative.

Table of Contents

Summaryp. 1
Motivating Changep. 13
What Is Agriculture?p. 14
The Need for Changep. 14
Impact of Changes on Agricultural Educationp. 18
The Roles of Land-Grant Universities and Other Institutionsp. 19
Continuing Promise of the Agricultural Education and the Land-Grant Systemp. 19
The Consequences of Failurep. 21
Goals of the Reportp. 21
Organization of the Reportp. 23
The Context for Changep. 25
Change in Studentsp. 25
Change in Institutionsp. 27
Change in Higher Educationp. 30
Change in Agriculturep. 31
Change in Careersp. 32
Implementing Changep. 33
Improving the Learning Experiencep. 35
Skills Developmentp. 40
Case Studies and Problem-Based Learningp. 42
Service Learning and Community Engagementp. 44
Cooperative and Active Learningp. 45
Learning Communitiesp. 46
Extracurricular Activitiesp. 47
Undergraduate Researchp. 48
International Experiences and Perspectivesp. 48
Instructional Technologyp. 51
Implementing Changep. 53
Adoption of Effective Teaching Methodsp. 54
Role of Graduate Educationp. 55
Centers for Teaching and Learningp. 56
Faculty Developmentp. 57
Faculty Rewardsp. 60
Breaking Down Silos in The Universityp. 65
Desired Qualities of Graduatesp. 66
Providing a Problem-Solving Outlook to the Broader Community Through Extensionp. 67
Providing Coursework Elements Beyond the Collegep. 68
Connecting with the Rest of the Universityp. 68
Faculty Recruitingp. 70
University-wide Offeringsp. 71
New Areas of Instructionp. 71
The Role of Colleges of Agriculture in Nurturing Liberal Educationp. 72
Extending Beyond The University: External Partnerships To Effect Changep. 77
Partnerships with K-12 and Precollege Programsp. 78
Partnerships Between Academic Institutionsp. 84
Involving Undergraduates in Outreach and Extensionp. 89
Partnerships with Nongovernmental Organizationsp. 91
Connection Between Academic institutions and Employersp. 94
International Partnershipsp. 98
A Call for Changep. 99
Need for Institutional Strategic Planningp. 100
Agriculture Across the Curriculump. 102
Changes in How Students Learnp. 104
Changes in How Faculty Teachp. 105
Supporting the Value of Teaching and Learningp. 108
Increasing Connections Between Institutionsp. 109
Increasing Connections with Precollege Settingsp. 110
Increased Permeability Between Academic Institutions and Employersp. 111
Accountability and Compliancep. 113
Implementing Changep. 114
Continuing the Conversationp. 120
Referencesp. 121
Statement of Taskp. 129
Leadership Summit informationp. 131
Background Paper: Shifts in the Production and Employment of Baccalaureate Degree Graduates from United States Colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources, 1990-2005p. 155
Background Paper: Rethinking Undergraduate Science Education: Concepts and Practicalities-A Traditional Curriculum in a Changed Worldp. 169
Questions to Guide the Review of Undergraduate Food and Agriculture Programsp. 179
Committee and Staff Biographiesp. 183
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