An examination of international studies in undergraduate agricultural curricula at 1862 land grant institutions
Brooks, Shannon Elizabeth
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The purpose of this study was to ascertain the status of international agricultural education at 1862 land grant institutions, by answering the question, what are our 1862 land grant institutions doing to integrate international studies into their undergraduate agricultural curricula? There were two investigations conducted, (1) a content analysis and (2) a survey. A website based content analysis was conducted. A qualitative analysis of the contents of 57 land grant institutionαs college of agricultureα websites identified current trends in agriculture with regard to international themes. The programs identified were: (1) study abroad; (2) faculty research and/or programs; (3) graduate research and or programs; (4) training and/or visitors; (5) international students on campus; (6) foreign agreements and/or contracts; and (7) majors, minors, certificates, curriculum, and course content. The data for the survey was conducted using a web based instrument. A census of the population of land grant institutions identified in the content analysis was conducted. All questions were based on information for the 2003-2004 academic year. Of the 57 institutions surveyed, a total of 31 surveys were submitted for a response rate of 54 percent. The results of the content analysis and the survey provided new evidence about the current state of internationalization in the colleges of agriculture in the 1862 land grant institutions. The nature of these programs is predictable, yet approaches, support and implementation vary widely between institutions.