Strategic Goal 1

Prepare thoughtful, informed, marketable individuals for careers in agricultural education, technology, innovation and related fields. 

Strategies to achieve goal: 

  1. Establish a recruitment and retention plan to increase student enrollment and retention.

  2. Integrate technology and environmental changes in curriculum revision.

  3. Enhance student services and learning experiences.

  4. Seek student nominations for awards and honors.

  5. Secure financial support for student advancement.

  6. Deliver high quality, market-informed, and competency-based undergraduate and graduate curriculum.

Actions to Achieve Goal: 

  • Prepare, develop, and update recruitment and retention plan. (Ongoing)

  • Engage industry, alumni, and education partners. (Ongoing)

  • Partner with UA and CALS units for undergraduate and graduate curriculum needs. (Ongoing)

  • Cultivate relationships with perspective and current students via the Student Undergraduate and Graduate Advisor. (Ongoing)

  • Arrange for student/faculty interactions through social gatherings and activities. (Ongoing)

  • Update marketing and promotional materials and social media outreach. (Ongoing)

  • Secure scholarships through relationships and partnerships with alumni and industry. (Ongoing)

  • Encourage faculty and staff to attend workshop or training opportunities related to diversity and inclusion. (Ongoing)

Inputs needed to achieve the goal:

      • Dedicated undergraduate student advisor

      • Faculty and student engagement

      • Instructional Specialist

      • Six graduate research assistantships

      • Student worker(s)

      • Stakeholder and advisory group input and collaboration

      • Marketing and promotion materials

Objective Metrics that will be used to track progress towards attaining goal:

  • To increase total undergraduate enrollment by:
    • 5% in five years (FY25)
    • 15% in ten years (FY30)
    • 25% in 15 years (FY35)
  • To increase total graduate enrollment by
    • 30% in five years (FY25)
    • 50% in ten years (FY30)
    • 75% in 15 years (FY35)
  • Achieve and maintain an overall retention rate of 85% (FY25)

Note: Use 2020 enrollment and retention data as the benchmark metric. 

Gap Analysis: Current Versus Desired Situation 

Current: 

  • Non-traditional student backgrounds
  • Unrealized career opportunity
  • Low student numbers
  • High tuition cost
  • Limited scholarship opportunity
  • Curriculum (content) changes

Desired: 

  • An increased number of students in each option area
  • Concentrated efforts on recruitment and retention of a diverse student body
  • Increased financial support for students in all option areas
  • Expanded experiential opportunities
  • Enhanced facility resources
  • Increased graduation rate