Ag Alumni Questionnaire

WELCOME AG ALUMNI

 
The School of Agribusiness and Agriscience (ABAS) has made significant progress in the last five years. We have grown from 331 to 535 students. We have added a horse science M.S. degree program. We have completed a $4.4 million farm laboratory development program that includes a state-of-the-art dairy. We've updated the curriculum in many areas, rejuvenated the Ag Alumni organization, more than doubled the number of scholarships we offer and begun an impressive international program. There's more, but you get the idea.

Many of the ideas that have been implemented were suggested by alumni in a survey we conducted five years ago. Now we need to think about the future. Where are we going from here, and how do we get there? We had a recent faculty retreat to focus on our direction for the future, and now we want alumni input. We only have a few questions. Thank you for your participation.
1. Some have suggested our name needs to be changed. How do you feel about each of these names?
strongly dislike/strongly disagreedislike/disagreeno opinionlike/agreestrongly like/strongly agree
A. School of Agribusiness and Agriscience (current name)
B. School of Agriculture
C. School of Agricultural Sciences
2. Public perception is important to attract good students. Which of the following do you feel is important:
strongly dislike/strongly disagreedislike/disagreeno opinionlike/agreestrongly like/strongly agree
A. Being known for excellence in hands-on education
B. Being known for the quality of the students we graduate
C. Being known as a program that is not particularly difficult
D. Being known for partnerships with agribusiness
3. Many people have suggested we do something else beyond processing milk. How do you feel about each of these options?
strongly dislike/strongly disagreedislike/disagreeno opinionlike/agreestrongly like/strongly agree
A. Process ice cream
B. Process cheese
4. Please rate how strongly you agree or disagree with the following statements:
strongly dislike/strongly disagreedislike/disagreeno opinionlike/agreestrongly like/strongly agree
A. We need to start the process of expanding the milk processing laboratory so that other products can be produced.
B. We need to investigate the possibility of constructing a new building.
C. We need to investigate putting a farm store somewhere on campus, where products produced by students can be sold.
5. In the Plant and Soil Science program, we have made good progress in student gardens/nursery, farmer's market, and apiary. The curriculum has been updated in many ways including organic, conventional, and state-of-the-art methodologies. Which of the following do you think deserves more attention?
strongly dislike/strongly disagreedislike/disagreeno opinionlike/agreestrongly like/strongly agree
A. More attention on locally produced food
B. Biotechnology
C. World food production/food security
6. Our Agribusiness major has been refreshed with new information in the old courses and new courses as needed. As we continue to improve this major, which do you think deserves more attention?
strongly dislike/strongly disagreedislike/disagreeno opinionlike/agreestrongly like/strongly agree
A. Understanding financial management
B. Ag real estate
C. Risk management
7. We have also made significant improvement in the Animal Science program, but have received additional ideas and suggestions. Please rate the following:
strongly dislike/strongly disagreedislike/disagreeno opinionlike/agreestrongly like/strongly agree
A. Addition of a beef backgrounding program to the farm
B. Addition of a poultry operation
8. The M.S. in Horse Science degree is off to a good start. If it becomes possible to add another M.S. program, what should it be?
strongly dislike/strongly disagreedislike/disagreeno opinionlike/agreestrongly like/strongly agree
A. Agricultural Business
B. Agricultural Education/Leadership
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