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Improve the Quality of Life for Kentuckians through Extension, Outreach and Service
Agricultural, environmental, economic, and societal issues create an unprecedented demand for knowledge- and research-based educational programs applicable to the needs of all Kentuckians. Economic development, leadership development, family, nutrition and health issues, opportunities for youth, and a rapidly changing agricultural landscape in Kentucky require a vital, progressive and responsive College of Agriculture and Cooperative Extension Service system.
Most Significant Challenges
- Budget cuts combined with turnover have created critical capacity shortages in key areas, including family and consumer science, health/wellness, community and economic development, and program and staff development.
- Extension’s role in health programs such as the National Extension Primary Health Care initiative should be carefully reviewed.
- Cuts in state funding of mandated programs and increasing burdens on alternative funds sources, including county extension funds.
- New communication/information tools are available, but have not been adapted and incorporated fully into Extension programming.
- The expectation for graduate education for agents has been established. Now more accessible and appropriate graduate degree options must be developed.
- Operating funds for extension, teaching and some applied research becomes increasingly limited. Reliance on extramural sources necessarily increases. Not all faculty and staff have successfully adjusted to this shift.
- Sustain traditional Extension strengths while offering innovative new programs in health and wellness, business, engineering, and humanities to serve increasingly diverse stakeholders.
- Promote new Extension and outreach partnerships within and outside UK.
- Increase the deployment of new information technologies such as eXtension, YouTube, and enhanced web effectiveness.
- Enhance recruiting, retention, training, and support for outreach personnel statewide.
- Establish clearly understood measures to assess and communicate the impact of Extension programs.
- Engage key constituencies – including alumni – to help the College achieve its objectives.
- Enhance the service capacity of the Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center and Regulatory Services.
Key Indicators, by 2014 the College will have:
- Enhanced and refined an accessible, easily understood database of Extension outcomes, with annual data reported for each priority program area of Cooperative Extension.
- Sustained or increased grantsmanship in Extension or Integrated Projects as evidenced by numbers of proposals funded and total funding amount.
- Sustained Cooperative Extension Service contacts at or above 6 million.
- Increased or sustained accession and sample numbers at Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center and Regulatory Services.