ERIC Number: ED356318
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Task Force on Graduate Curricula Development. Report. Academic Programs Publication Series Number 12.
Florida Univ., Gainesville. Inst. of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
A 10-member task force reviewed the mission and goals of the University of Florida's graduate agricultural and natural resource academic programs, admissions procedures, number and types of graduate degrees granted, program capacity, student recruitment activities, teaching quality and methods, course offerings, support services, and international student services. The task force focused on degree programs, recruitment, and teaching. Data were collected from university records, faculty surveys, and student stipend information. Results were reported and suggestions for improvement were made in the areas of departmental programs, interdisciplinary programs, and service courses. Some of the concerns reported were as follows: graduate education should be future oriented; the faculty is divided into two groups (basic science and commodity-oriented agriculture); students are inhibited from taking courses outside their own departments; minors vary widely in requirements and student acceptance; interdisciplinary graduate programs would be useful; and quality is not sufficiently monitored in nondepartmental programs. Recommendations were made to address these concerns and improve programs. (Appendixes to the report provide statistical information on the graduate programs of the university.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida Univ., Gainesville. Inst. of Food and Agricultural Sciences.