ERIC Number: ED462281
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Jan
Employer Perception of the Preparation of Agricultural and Extension Education Graduates.
Graham, Donna L.
Educational reform measures have forced schools to form partnerships with business and industry to achieve common goals of a prepared workforce. These partnerships have forced colleges of agriculture to examine its mission and update the curriculum. This study sought to provide benchmark data from employers on the skills and abilities deemed important and the level of preparation of recent agricultural and extension education graduates. Additional input was sought on the life experiences that were important for entry-level positions and the areas that would impact graduates in the future. Overall, graduates were prepared for entry-level position; however, several areas were identified where skills could be improved to match the expectations of the employers. The area of interpersonal skills was found to be the area where improvements were needed overall. The skills of teamwork, decision-making, leadership, and initiative were identified as needing the greatest improvement. The access and use of the Internet was the most important computer skills while presentations skills and verbalizing needed to improve in the communications skill area. Employers rated honesty, integrity, and dependability as very important abilities. (DDR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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