Transforming Agricultural Education for a Changing World by National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life

By National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Board on Life Sciences, Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources, Committee on a Leadership Summit to Effect Change in Teaching and Learning

During the following ten years, schools of agriculture should be challenged to rework their function in greater schooling and their dating to the evolving international nutrition and agricultural company. If winning, agriculture schools will become an immense venue for students and stakeholders to handle probably the most advanced and pressing difficulties dealing with society.

Such a change may well reestablish and maintain the old place of the varsity of agriculture as a cornerstone establishment in academe, yet for that to ensue, a speedy and concerted attempt by means of our larger schooling method is required to form their educational concentration round the fact of concerns that outline the world's platforms of nutrients and agriculture and to refashion the way they foster wisdom of these complicated platforms of their scholars. even supposing there isn't any unmarried method of reworking agricultural schooling, a dedication to alter is imperative.

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Faculty and graduate students in agricultural education programs may see this as a fruitful area for long-term study, tracking change and determining factors that contribute to institutional change and effective implementation. Conclusion In 1991, the National Research Council joined with the USDA to s­ ponsor what was termed a landmark national conference to outline the changes necessary to meet the needs for professional education in agriculFormerly known as the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges.

Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. html Motivating Change 21 • Agriculture integrates the laboratory and the field. Many scientists either work in a laboratory or go out into the field. Agriculture includes both, by conducting laboratory investigations and exploring what will be most effective in the field. • Agriculture is intricately intertwined with various aspects of environment and natural resources. In fact, there is little in agriculture practice that does not have important connections with the environment.

Programs might include internships, cooperative education programs, summer opportunities, mentoring and career programs, job shadowing, and other experiences. There is a need to increase the permeability between academe and the private and public sector employers of graduates from agriculture programs. Industry has little understanding of how colleges and universities are organized, and academe has little understanding of industry and public sector needs. Although a number of universities have long-standing partnerships with particular industries or corporations, there are many opportunities to expand such collaborations to a wider array of private and public institutions, companies, and sectors.

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