ERIC Number: ED121525
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Aug
Rural Non-Commercial Research - The University of California: A Case Study.
Fiske, Emmett P.; Zone, Martin A.
The University of California at Davis's (UC) Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) was used as a case study for purposes of examining how one Land Grant Institution responded to charges that its research had not followed the mandate of the Hatch Act of 1887. Focusing on "rural, noncommercial" research, data were analyzed for fiscal years 1970-71 through 1973-74 relative to: the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Goal VIII: Assist Rural Americans to Improve Their Level of Living; and UC's Category Three--People Oriented Research (Consumer, Family, and Community). Although in 1971 UC appointed a nine-man reappraisal committee, the research clarification and classification established at that time did not, when viewed in terms of scientist manyears and dollar support allocation, achieve the desired impact. It was concluded that the small increase in rural noncommercial research was due to: (1) size and composition of the AES personnel; (2) lack of department focal point for addressing rural, noncommercial concerns; (3) lack of an identifiable rural, noncommercial public; (4) dissemination problems with rural noncommercial research findings. Suggestions for improvement were development of: manpower versed in public policy considerations; increased dollar support; a refined focal point; and non-traditional research dissemination techniques. (JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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