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Mission Statement: The GBC Agriculture Program will provide an integrated approach to agriculture, animal science, and natural resources studies for the purpose of preparing students for agricultural careers.
GOALS
1.  Goal: Expand the size and scope of the agriculture programs. (Theme 3)

Added on 01/28/2010 by Cliff Ferry

  OBJECTIVES
  1.1  Objective: Increase enrollment in the Agriculture Program.

Last changed on 04/30/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 09 of 2010

    ACTION PLAN  
    1.1.1  Task: Create a recruitment plan.

Added on 02/16/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 03 of 2010

    1.1.2  Task: Identify & prioritize recruiting opportunities at high attendance events such as livestock shows, Nevada FFA convention, etc.

Added on 02/16/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 03 of 2010

    1.1.3  Task: Improve recruiting material including posters w/response cards, FaceBook and others.

Last changed on 05/13/2013 by Tracy Shane

Status: Due 01 of 2010

    1.1.4  Task: Travel to high value opportunities events to recruit. [See 1.1.2)

Last changed on 12/20/2011 by Tracy Shane

Status: Ongoing

  1.2  Objective: Offer the AA Agriculture degree to students at off-site campuses through online/IAV.

Last changed on 04/30/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 08 of 2011

    ACTION PLAN  
    1.2.1  Task: Assess demand.

Added on 02/16/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 08 of 2010

    1.2.2  Task: Determine if courses for the AA in agriculture can be offered online or IAV effectively.

Added on 02/16/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 01 of 2011

    1.2.3  Task: Confer with GBC departments that are currently offering such a program, including IAV & On-Line Departments. Tracy Shane/Brett Murphy 1/30/11

Added on 02/16/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 01 of 2011

    1.2.4  Task: If program seems feasible, develop proposal draft and submit to supervisor, Faculty Senate, and VPAA.

Added on 02/16/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 03 of 2011

    1.2.5  Task: If proposal is approved, set schedule for converting existing courses to on-line/IAV.

Added on 02/16/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 04 of 2011

    1.2.6  Task: Offer first course online/IAV.

Added on 02/16/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 08 of 2011

  1.3  Objective: Offer a BAS in Agriculture Management online/IAV.

Last changed on 04/30/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 08 of 2012

    ACTION PLAN  
    1.3.1  Task: Assess demand.
[Survey high school agricultural education students in the Nevada high schools and 4-H students in communities that do not have high school agriculture programs.]

Added on 02/17/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 08 of 2010

    1.3.2  Task: Review online course data from current courses and student comments to assess the feasibility of offering online classes effectively.

Added on 02/17/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 01 of 2011

    1.3.3  Task: Review online course data from other department’s current course lists and student comments to assess the feasibility of offering online classes effectively.

Added on 02/17/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 01 of 2011

    1.3.4  Task: If program seems feasible, develop proposal draft and submit to supervisor, Faculty Senate, VPAA.

Added on 02/17/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 03 of 2011

    1.3.5  Task: If proposal approved, set schedule for converting existing courses to on-line/IAV.

Added on 02/17/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 04 of 2011

    1.3.6  Task: Offer first course online/IAV 8/30/11

Added on 02/17/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 08 of 2011

2.  Goal: Increase transferability and employment opportunities of students. (Theme 2)

Added on 01/28/2010 by Cliff Ferry

  OBJECTIVES
  2.1  Objective: Improve percentage of students enrolled in agriculture classes that receive advising through the Agriculture Program.

Last changed on 04/30/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 01 of 2010

    ACTION PLAN  
    2.1.1  Task: Designate one week each semester as “advising week.”

Added on 02/17/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 01 of 2010

    2.1.2  Task: Invite students to sign up for an advising session through on-line sign-up sheet.

Added on 02/17/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 12 of 2009

  2.2  Objective: Securing 2+2 agreements with U. Idaho, Utah State, Chico.

Last changed on 04/30/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 06 of 2012

    ACTION PLAN  
    2.2.1  Task: Complete 2+2 agreement with UNR including all necessary signatures.

Added on 02/17/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 12 of 2009

    2.2.2  Task: Send agriculture course syllabi and 2+2 agreement with UNR to each institution.

Added on 02/17/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 08 of 2010

    2.2.3  Task: Design a brochure describing the 2+2 agreement for use in advertising the availability to students.

Added on 02/17/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 05 of 2010

    2.2.4  Task: Complete 2+2 agreements with other target Universities. Tracy Shane/Jan King 6/30/12

Added on 02/17/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 06 of 2012

  2.3  Objective: Identify and teach skills common to both agriculture and natural resource employment.

Last changed on 04/30/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 12 of 2011

    ACTION PLAN  
    2.3.1  Task: Team with BAIS Resource Management program to create an on-line employer survey.

Added on 02/17/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 12 of 2011

    2.3.2  Task: Send survey to employers.

Added on 02/17/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 02 of 2012

    2.3.3  Task: Write report and use information to begin to refine courses.

Added on 02/17/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 08 of 2012

  2.4  Objective: Institute a system for tracking student employment after graduation. [Contact graduates at 6 mo & 1 year intervals to determine placement.]

Last changed on 04/30/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Ongoing

    ACTION PLAN  
    2.4.1  Task: Create and maintain a database of students in the program.

Added on 02/17/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 12 of 2010

    2.4.2  Task: Contact graduates annually in November & June following graduation to track employment.

Added on 02/17/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 06 of 2010

  2.5  Objective: Increase internship opportunities for GBC agriculture students.

Last changed on 04/30/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 05 of 2015

    ACTION PLAN  
    2.5.1  Task: Complete written internship policies and procedures/agreements.

Added on 02/17/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 05 of 2015

    2.5.2  Task: Recruit internship positions within area agricultural businesses.

Added on 02/17/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 05 of 2015

3.  Goal: Provide an Integrated Agriculture Curriculum. (Theme 1)

Added on 01/28/2010 by Cliff Ferry

  OBJECTIVES
  3.1  Objective: Evaluate curriculum biennially to ensure integrated nature of programs.

Last changed on 04/30/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 01 of 2010

    ACTION PLAN  
    3.1.1  Task: Review curriculum every two years with GBC Advisory Board.

Added on 02/17/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Ongoing

    3.1.2  Task: Update catalog and 2+2 agreements to reflect changes, if any. [Annually in March]

Added on 02/17/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Ongoing

  3.2  Objective: Create linkages between lower-division and upper division agriculture classes with BAS, Secondary Education, and BAIS programs to ensure acceptance of lower-division classes toward degree matriculation.

Last changed on 04/30/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 04 of 2011

    ACTION PLAN  
    3.2.1  Task: Meet with BAS, BAIS, and Secondary Ed committees to ensure acceptance of lower-division classes toward degree matriculation.

Added on 02/17/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 05 of 2011

    3.2.2  Task: Develop upper-division courses that can be used as requirements or electives in other bachelor programs.

Added on 02/17/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 06 of 2015

  3.3  Objective: Improve curriculum through additional, quality classroom resources, including a department video library, an inventory of necessary equipment and technology, and a BARN. (Increase equipment inventory as facilities dictate)

Last changed on 04/30/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Ongoing

    ACTION PLAN  
    3.3.1  Task: Build the barn. [Waiting for Department of Corrections to sign lease.]

Added on 02/17/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 10 of 2011

    3.3.2  Task: Create and maintain a video/DVD library for improving instruction and reducing number of classes canceled when instructor is traveling.

Added on 02/17/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Ongoing

    3.3.3  Task: Develop and maintain an equipment and technology inventory with a plan for new purchases, replacements, and equipment accessed through community partners. Coordinated with Science Department.

Last changed on 10/31/2012 by Tracy Shane

Status: Ongoing

    3.3.4  Task: Seek funding for prioritized equipment needs as identified through task 3.3.3.

Last changed on 10/31/2012 by Tracy Shane

Status: Ongoing

4.  Goal: Provide a positive environment for student life within the Agriculture Department. (Theme 1)

Added on 01/28/2010 by Cliff Ferry

  OBJECTIVES
  4.1  Objective: Institute an Agriculture Club/Faculty BBQ at least once a year.

Last changed on 04/30/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 10 of 2010

    ACTION PLAN  
    4.1.1  Task: Talk to Bret Murphy and Mike McFarlane about which accounts can pay for food for an event like this.

Added on 02/17/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 03 of 2010

    4.1.2  Task: Send a request to the Nevada Beef Council for the hamburger/beef for the event.

Added on 02/17/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 04 of 2010

  4.2  Objective: Create program interface with local agriculture organizations such as FFA, Society for Range Management, Nevada Cattlemen’s Association, Nevada Cattlewomen’s, Nevada Farm Bureau, etc.

Last changed on 04/30/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Ongoing

    ACTION PLAN  
    4.2.1  Task: Establish/maintain contacts with each of the local agriculture organizations Tracy Shane.

Added on 02/17/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Ongoing

    4.2.2  Task: Invite local organizations to agriculture program functions/classes.

Added on 02/17/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Ongoing

  4.3  Objective: Promote Aggies participation in the Student Government Association.

Last changed on 04/30/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Ongoing

    ACTION PLAN  
    4.3.1  Task: Maintain weekly meetings with Aggie Club

Added on 02/17/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Ongoing

    4.3.2  Task: Determine feasibility of maintaining AGR 105 class. [No credit transferability at this time.]

Added on 02/17/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 03 of 2011

5.  Goal: Increase program communication.

Added on 02/16/2010 by Cliff Ferry

  OBJECTIVES
  5.1  Objective: Develop department website.

Last changed on 04/30/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 12 of 2010

    ACTION PLAN  
    5.1.1  Task: Develop a website which could be used for student outreach and recruitment.

Added on 02/17/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 12 of 2010

    5.1.2  Task: Use webpage and bulletin boards to post job notices, job fairs, conferences, etc.

Added on 02/17/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Ongoing

  5.2  Objective: Develop and maintain communication systems for recruitment, retention, student outreach, communication with and among current & former students, posting information, and other.

Last changed on 04/30/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Ongoing

    ACTION PLAN  
    5.2.1  Task: Develop a website which could be used for student outreach and recruitment .

Added on 02/17/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 12 of 2010

    5.2.2  Task: Use website and bulletin boards to post job notices, job fairs, conferences, etc.

Added on 02/17/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Ongoing





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