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Title: School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences Faculty RetreatMay 6, 2008


1
ENERGY CLIMATE CHANGE FOOD SECURITY WORKFORCE
EXPANSION SNRAS DEGREE PROGRAMS
2



Faculty Retreat May 6, 2008
3
  • AGENDA
  • Introductions
  • State of the School and Station
  • Budget
  • Earmarks
  • Research and Outreach
  • Education and Outreach
  • Retreat
  • Introduction
  • Group Breakouts
  • Group Report Out
  • Summary
  • Timeline

4
BUDGET
5
  • State Fiscal Year 2007
  • Match for additional federal funds received near
    completion
  • State Fiscal Year 2008
  • No carry forward positive or negative in state
    funds
  • Decreasing option to roll forward federal formula
    funds
  • State Fiscal Year 2009
  • Flat budget
  • 500K requested, most likely not received
  • Renovation funds provided for AHRB
  • Renovation funds will provide head house portion
    of greenhouse
  • May 16 meeting on greenhouse outreach and
    research
  • State Fiscal Year 2010
  • Requested 1.0 Million
  • Backfill for budget
  • Four faculty positions with operating budgets

6


EARMARKS
7
  • Received Federal Fiscal Year 2009
  • Alaska Berries
  • Culture and best management practices
  • Hoop house production
  • Neuroscience and biochemistry
  • Berry supply for research samples
  • Local products and local businesses
  • New Crops, New Markets
  • Wood Utilization Research
  • Requested Federal Fiscal Year 2009
  • Alaska Berries
  • New Crops, New Markets
  • Wood Utilization Research move to OMB line item
  • Pacific Land Grant Alliance move to Farm Bill
  • Federal FY06 Earmarks not received in FY07 will
    come in
  • as year-end FY08 dollars to spend in FY09
    received no sooner than September 15, 2008 and
    most likely not until mid-October, 2008.

8
FEDERAL FUNDS
9
  • CREATE 21
  • Included in the Farm Bill
  • Moving through Congress
  • Formula Funds
  • Inclusion of clause for small land grants
    remains in Farm Bill and Congressional Bill
  • Slight increase
  • Competitive stipulation remains but with new
    money
  • McIntire-Stennis funds are moving more toward
    Hatch guidelines
  • Farm Bill and Federal Budget for FY09
  • Congress and administration pushing for passage
  • Most likely a continuing resolution in federal
    FY09

10
RESEARCH OUTREACH
11
  • Palmer Research and Extension Center Plan
  • University of Alaska Science and Learning Center
  • Matanuska Experiment Farm
  • Agronomy, horticulture, livestock research and
    outreach
  • Forestry, outdoor recreation, forest products
    research and outreach
  • Matanuska Valley Garden
  • Kerttula Hall (now the Kerttula Research
    Laboratory)
  • Laboratories and Offices
  • Distance delivery classroom
  • Administration
  • Alaska Environmental Science and Learning Park
  • Lifestyle learning and interactive science
  • Mountain and Challenge Centers
  • Energy and housing demonstrations
  • Matanuska Colony Historical Park
  • Library
  • Meeting center and offices
  • Matanuska Colony 20XX
  • Green homes and community living

12
  • Fairbanks Experiment Farm Plan
  • Plan is in place
  • Has been presented to UAF Master Planning
    Committee
  • Has not been presented to UA Board of Regents
  • Recent potential additions to Plan
  • Emphasis on energy, climate change, food
    sustainability
  • Greenhouses
  • PRESENT TO BOARD OF REGENTS IN FALL 2008 (?)

13
Federal and State Funding
14
  • What does this mean to SNRAS and AFES?
  • Funding for our experiment farms and research
    sites
  • Funding for faculty
  • Funding for operating costs
  • Funding for space
  • Funding for graduate students
  • Funding for undergraduate research
  • CAMPAIGN NOW
  • TARGETED AUDIENCES
  • OUTREACH
  • INTEGRATION OF RESEARCH AND EDUCATION

15
EDUCATION OUTREACH
16
NRM Degree Programs
OPTIONS
M.S. in Natural Resource Management
Plant, Animal Soil Sciences
Resources Management
Forest Sciences
17
Geography Degree Programs
  • BA Geography
  • Emphasis on Circumpolar North Pacific Rim
    Studies
  • BS Geography
  • Environmental Geographic
    Information
  • Studies Science
    Technology
  • Landscape Analysis

  • Climate Change Studies

18
Geography and NRMGraduate Degree Programs
  • Masters in Natural Resource Management
  • and Geography
  • Natural Resources and Sustainability Ph.D.

19
There has been a decline in the number of
enrolled SNRAS majors from Fall 03 to Fall 07
20
The number of all majors has declined from Fall
04 through Fall 07 but number of all geography
majors is beginning to increase.
21
What happens to our NRM undergraduate students?
22
Time to graduation for NRM undergradute students
enrolled in the Fall of 2000
23
What happens to our GEOG undergraduate students?
24
What happens to our GEES undergraduate students?
25
How long do MS NRM graduate students take to
graduate?
3 years or less 6 23 3-6 years
11 42 Over 6 years
9 35
26
Who takes NRM courses?
27
What NRM courses do non-SNRAS undergraduate
students take?
28
Who takes NRM 101?
29
What GEOG courses do non-SNRAS undergraduate
students take?
30
Who takes GEOG 101?
31
Who takes GEOG 205?
32
So what does it all mean?
  • Natural Resources Management
  • There is a decline in NRM enrolled students (25
    since 2003).
  • We can show large increases with small
    increases in enrollment (22 students 50
    increase)
  • There is a large pool of undeclared, general
    studies and AA students that could be recruited
  • 101 is the target course for enhancing student
    interest
  • Strategies should be developed for increasing the
    of NRM students who graduate with same degree

33
So what does it all mean?
  • Geography
  • We can show large increases with small
    increases in enrollment (15 students 100
    increase)
  • There is a large pool of undeclared, general
    studies and AA students that could be recruited
  • 101 205 are the target courses for enhancing
    student interest

34
So what does it all mean?
  • MS Natural Resources Management
  • Time to graduation could possibly be lowered
  • Creation of a system or pathway (if feasible)
    could be put in place to assist students
    faculty

35
So what does it all mean?
  • Outreach and Retention
  • Outreach could increase awareness, interest and
    therefore enrollments
  • Examples for K-12 outreach currently within the
    School are
  • Alaska Geographic Alliance
  • GLOBE
  • MapTEACH
  • Math in a Cultural Context
  • National FFA Organization

36
What are other Western Land Grants doing?
  • Many have separate Natural Resources and
    Agricultural units
  • Agricultural units are often under enrolled and
    challenged to build relevance
  • Themes being developed to modernize curriculum,
    research agenda, and image

37
Separate Natural Resources and Agricultural units
  • 11 Western Land Grant Universities
  • 3 have Natural Resources and Ag combined in a
    single unit
  • 5 have separate units typically split in the
    1970-1990 timeframe
  • 3 did not have a Natural Resources focus that was
    found

38
Agricultural units are often under enrolled and
challenged to build relevance
  • Mission, Vision and Goal Statements
  • Modify curriculum, programs, degrees in response
    to changes in employment, finances, student
    interest and societal needs
  • Unprecedented challenges as society becomes less
    agrarian and questions the role of the land-grant
    university and the necessity of funding
    agriculturally related areas
  • Diversify economy, ensure a sustainable
    environment
  • Society will continue to challenge the land-grant
    College to demonstrate the relevancy of preparing
    students to the challenges of the future

39
Themes being developed, particularly in Natural
Resources, Earth Systems, Sustainability Change
  • Human impacts to environment
  • Policy and economics of change
  • Sustainability
  • Technological innovation
  • Integrate multiple disciplines to problem solve
  • Interrelationships among people, organisms and
    natural resources
  • integration of scientific disciplines - provide
    viable options and solutions for a sustainable
    society in a dynamic world

40
What should we do?RESEARCH OUTREACH
VISION Who are we and what should we become to
fulfill a land-grant mission for Alaskas future?
WORKFORCE EXPANSION
ENERGY
CLIMATE CHANGE
FOOD SECURITY
41
What should we do?EDUCATION OUTREACH
VISION Who are we and what should we become to
fulfill a land-grant mission for Alaskas future?
42
STRATEGIC PLAN 2008 May 6, 2008
43
STRATEGIC PLAN 2004 Five emphasis
areas Ecosystem Management Geographic
Information High Latitude Agriculture High
Latitude Soils Resource Allocation
44
PLAN OF WORK 2009 2013 Six Knowledge
Areas Agriculture etc.
45
STRATEGIC PLAN 2008 Five suggested new focus
areas Energy Climate Change Food
Security Workforce Expansion Woven through
all SNRAS degree programs
46
OUTCOME Strategic Plan 2008 Outline
today Writing groups assigned today Draft
August, 2008 Final October, 2008
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