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ERIC Number: EJ1167118
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Perceptions of Agricultural Leadership Academic Programs of 1862 Land-Grant Universities
Alexander, Jackson C.; Rucker, K. Jill; Graham, Donna L.; Miller, Jefferson D.; Apple, Jason K.
Journal of Agricultural Education, v58 n4 p65-82 2017
This study characterized perceptions of agricultural leadership programs in colleges of agriculture, food, life, human, or environmental sciences at 1,862 land-grant institutions. Objectives included describing the need for programs, studying evolution within the discipline, discussing faculty recommendations for future development, and examining why programs are relevant. Qualitative data were analyzed using thematic analysis, which included open and axial coding. A total of 26 academic agricultural leadership programs were identified, and a telephone interview was completed by 19 agricultural leadership faculty members. Results of the study indicated agricultural leadership was historically founded under the umbrella of agricultural and extension education but also evolved from a need in industry. The discipline evolved because the academic subject matter was broadly appealing to students, and its growth was also spurred by the popularity of community and rural leadership development programs. To improve agricultural leadership programs, faculty surveyed recommended collaborative efforts across the discipline to establish a unified vision and a national professional organization. Throughout the interviews, themes emerged related to the relevancy of agricultural leadership programs in higher education: (1) The agricultural leadership discipline creates leaders through developing "human capital," and (2) graduates promote industry growth through their political, policy, and public influence. Future recommendations for research included identifying perceptions of agricultural leadership beyond the scope of 1,862 land-grant institutions.
Descriptors: Land Grant Universities, Agricultural Education, Leadership Training, Agricultural Colleges, College Programs, Qualitative Research, College Faculty, Interviews, Educational Needs, Program Development, Program Improvement, Evolution, Futures (of Society), Educational Trends, Relevance (Education)
American Association for Agricultural Education. P.O. Box 7607, Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, Raleigh, NC 27695. Web site: http://www.aaaeonline.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alabama; Mississippi; New Mexico; North Carolina; Oklahoma; Oregon; Indiana; South Dakota; Texas; Ohio; Pennsylvania; Georgia; Arizona; Florida; Idaho; Illinois; Kentucky; Minnesota; Missouri; Nebraska; Tennessee; Virginia