ERIC Number: ED467337
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Special Examination of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Report.
Houston, Rashada; King, Jeanine; McKee, Benny
In response to a legislative request, the efficiency of program operations of the University of Floridas Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) was evaluated using data from multiple sources. IFAS is the entity responsible for carrying out the University of Floridas land grant mission. IFAS offers programs in agriculture, family and consumer sciences, youth development, aquaculture, community development, natural resources, food and nutrition, and conservation. IFAS is made up of three primary units: the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Florida Cooperative Extension Service. Funding sources and amounts were identified, and the interactions of IFAS with other agencies were studied. IFAS was found to be heaving dependent on limited state general revenue funds to support its mission. To reduce the need for general revenue funding, IFAS administrators should take additional steps to ensure that fees cover program costs to the extent possible, and it should consolidate operations as feasible, working from a consolidation plan to be completed by October 2002. Seven appendixes provide supplemental information about the IFAS system and its finances. (Contains 11 exhibits, 7 tables, and 1 map.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Agriculture, Cost Effectiveness, Educational Finance, Financial Support, Foods Instruction, Higher Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Resource Allocation
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida State Legislature, Tallahassee. Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability.