Last Modified: 03/01/2012
1. College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
1. What is the
College of Agricultural and
(CAES) doing well?
Recruitment, awareness of issues in
the agricultural industry
Educating people from all walks of life.
Educating students and preparing them for careers in agribusiness, developing loyalty to the
agribusiness sector, and creating an understanding of what a career in agriculture might be li
There are many great faculty members in the college, with a passion for sharing thier knowledge
Connecting with its students and providing a strong community through student organizations
and study abroad opportunities.
al opportunities like internships and study abroad
Providing degrees for those of us that are interested in a agricultural
alumni outreach seems very good
My education (BSA Animal Science '97) and employment with CAES/Extension from
has prepared me for a career in Extension. I currently serve as an associate Extension Specialist
for Montana State in animal waste management, water quality and sustainable agriculture. I
continue to collaborate with collegues in BAE; UGA
work is high quality.
UPDATING PUBLIC CONCERNING NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE FIELD OF AGRICULTURE.
Student engagement and supporting clubs, organizations, etc. Alumni events. Ambassadors.
The County extension agents and specialist are very valuable to our
Expanding their engineering department with the basic disciplines that every research university
needs (i.e. mechanical, civil, electrical).
Having a presence in Atlanta with policymakers
to study abroad. Great job!
I don't know I don't receive any mail on the college to know how to evaluate. I would like to see
statistical numbers on students within the college majors,, etc.
As an alumnus, I am not really aware of the current state of
affairs of the college. I can say that
the college is doing an excellent job of keeping in touch with the alumni via newsletters, which I
enjoy reading. I get far more communication from CAES than I do from the veterinary school
(which I am also an alumnus
Very low % of unemployed undergrads
Prepring graduates for professional careers
The connection between the college and production agriculture in the state has never been
stronger. I operate a peanut buying point and peanut seed
operation. UGA plant breeders and
crop specialits are at the core of our success. UGA research and extension is the reason Georgia
is the number one producer of peanuts, pecans and turfgrass and second in cotton only to
Texas. My son is a recent graduate
of UGA with an agribusiness major. He was exposured to
the many world views which is the university experience. But his core beliefs and values were
reaffirmed throuh his association with the CAES faculty, students and alumni. His participation in
ongressional Ag Internship program was a positive experience as he learned how
agriculture policy is shaped at the national level.
Attracting students who don't come from traditional agricultural areas in the state and those
who don't have an agricultural
It received an excellent education that prepared my well for my Veterinary career.
Providing industry with people who have a technical background that allows them to take hold
and perform in an organization without a great deal of expense on
the part of the corporation.
This means that a company can place these people in a position of responsibility where they can
start returning the investment that the company has made in them. They will also have
adequate training to grow within the organiz
ation and assume even more responsibility.
From what I observe the CAES is doing well in many area
date curriculum, developing
student graduates with a good education but more important they have great attitudes about
agriculture. ( I recently
retired as a Agriculture Teacher in NY State
34 years teaching
have worked with many UGA graduates and have sent students to UGA as well
I see UGA
graduates excelling in careers.
Providing students with an exceptional education that exten
ds far beyond the confines of the
Providing a solid education to the students. No compromises in the quality.
have had no contact with CAES graduation 1961
Addressing the highest priority needs in production agriculture, i,e, resistant
The only thing that I can tell that CAES is doing well is the Alumni involvement. I continually
recieve Southscapes and mail about the goings on in the college. However. in development I can
tell a drastic decline since both
Rob Cooper and Johnie Tucker left. There has been NO contact
from either of the new employees (though I understand why one got the job) and since there
has been no effort to try and collect money nor tell me why I should donate, there seems to be
I'm not that involved to answer intelligently......
Small class sizes and excellent professors made me switch from Franklin to CAES
The education to me seems it is the best in the southeast, as well as research and extension. I
think that all
could use some improvements, education should focus first on application then
theory, in order to create more well rounded individuals. Extension and research could be
broadened, but everyone is faced with the economic crisis, and that should be kept as a
when budgets look better. Finally I believe CAES has dealt very well with the economy issues.
(I don't have enough current connection to comment on this)
Maintaining a staff of world class extension researchers faculity. Our peanut and cotton
onomist are among the top of their field.
The education that is given to the students is superb and unique compared with other colleges
of the university. CAES gives a hands on learning experience by allowing more individual time
with students as well as
the proper resources to facilitate every student with the opportunity to
gain knowledge. In my experience, I felt as though I had a more personal connection with the
faculty and staff which allowed me to feel more welcomed and a part of UGA.
s various degree programs in agricultural and environmental sciences.
Supporting community ag programs (Bull Test, HERD, beef cattle short courses, FFA and 4
Nice invitation to be involved in tailgating/football weekend.
Maintaining reasonably good p
lant breeding and development programs, especially in crops
important to Georgia agriculture. The CAES should never allow your self to become a second
tier player in development of leading technologies from Georgia agriculture. this is something
s us apart in the agricultural world.
Providing majors and training that is in line with the agricultural industry which properly
prepares students for jobs.
Preparing people for a career in many fields associated with CAES by utilizing top notch
educators and world class facilities.
Communicating well to its alumni.
excellent website to use as a resource for current ag students in high school and college, private
citizens needing information, etc
Wildlife research and outreach
Working with the
industry so graduates have a better understanding of their careers after
I felt that I was educated well on the classes that I took minus an environmental engineering
class I took.
I have not been at the college since 1994 but I received great t
raining through my course load as
well as my internship in Tifton, Ga.
It is a very personalized college, likely due to its smaller size. You often meet professors multiple
times and in various capacities (teacher, lab instructor, advisor, research leader
, etc). Also, CAES
is a very hands
on and creative college. They try to teach students via both traditional lecture
styls as well as hands on experiences.
extension for sure
Training scientists to enter into agriculture.
Not sure....I haven't been
involved in what CAES does since 2004. I thought what they were
doing then was nice.
Research, extension on a reduced budget, articles via Georgia Faces that reach out to consumers
& general public to educate them about Caes research & ag /food issues
Traditional agricultural programs and extension programs, and some areas of research.
I think the UGA CAES is on the right track, and I think is preparing young people for exciting new
careers in AG and AG related fields.
Making sure that we h
ave a knowledge base to support the ag and environmental sector for the
future. Also, making students feel like part of a family.
CAES is doing a great job of exposing programs and achievements of the college to the external
stakeholders. Couldn't be m
ore thrilled to see what the Ag Engineering program has grown
CAES has always done well at being a place of home and connection for their students and
alumni. Once you're a part, you never leave and always feel comfortable being back in touch
he friendly faces of the College. CAES has really done well over the past years to put in
place quality internships and study abroad opportunities for its students. With more and more
people having Bachelor's degrees, it is extremely important
and I t
hink CAES realizes this
students to distinguish themselves by having real world experience and travel opportunities.
Looking back, my trips abroad were probably the most influential experiences in my life at the
time and taught me more than class ever
could. Secondly, my internships offered through CAES
helped me get to where I am today and distinguished me as a student. My current work, after
three successful CAES interns, actively seeks students from the College. Lastly, I feel that the
as done well to maintain its services and loyalties during a time of difficult budgetary
circumstances. The actions it took and its understanding of the political context (local, state, and
federal) has helped it stay in the minds of those supporters who m
atter. I believe CAES does a
good job in general walking the middle line between right and left of the politicals and
understanding its unique role in conjunction with extension, 4H, education, and research.
I think you communicate well with alumns. It wa
s a good college experience that I am proud of.
The school looks and seems impressive. Keep doing what you do.
CAES does a great job with classroom curriculum for intensive science majors. Professors offer
excellent opportunities for these majors to get
involved in research and focus on industry
pertinent information. CAES also does a great job with Scholarship opportunities for students
and recruits. The one application process is very helpful for students. Study abroad, research
and college sponsored
internships are also excellent and stand above other colleges throughout
the campus and country. The 4
H and extension program has gone through a much needed
restructuring and I think will prove to make this program area stand out against other land
ts in the US.
breeding. teaching on campus.
Giving students a firm foundation through a high quality education, preparing them to enter the
workforce with the knowledge to succeed.
Creating a great environment to learn and meet great people.
continues to stay present in student organizations to promote its programs and offer the
opportunity for potential students to visit campus and learn about the programs in CAES.
Programs such as GHP, Animal Science in Action, Plant Science Scholars, and l
ivestock shows are
a great way for CAES to stay in the forefront of Georgia agriculture.
showcasing the research being done by graduate students
Unfortunately I have not kept u pwith what is happening
The College provided me with a great network and pra
ctical experience. Additionally, my
professors provided common sense instruction on the management of business. Their
instruction cultivated practical business knowledge which has given me a leg up on my
I think CAES is doing well to res
pond to the public in serving as an advocate for ag in Georgia.
One example was the quick response to the Yahoo article about the 10 dead
We must continue to market the value of CAES. We must also hold steadfast to the resources
CAES, and not let go of research stations.
Support of Georgia agriculture
2. What are we (CAES) not doing well?
I feel diversity is an area CAES continues to struggle with, both in terms of
and student majors.
Please continue to send me publications issued by the CAES.
Connecting students with internships and job opportunities is something I'd like to see a little
Recruiting students from other disciplines to
take CAES courses while at UGA.
Renovating building while expensive would make it seem like less of a joke college.
I was just thinking the other night of how two of my professors were complete jerks. I went to
the CAES website to look for their names b
ut faculty is not listed, just administration. I know
one was something like Warren Kreisel.
Scholarship availabitiy could be improved. Be sure that highschool guidance councilors are
aware of these scholarships in the College of Agriculture.
ultural education and agricultural communication departments are light years behind
other universities with similar programs. The agricultural communications professors rely solely
on the Grady courses and don't teach any internal communications courses th
meaningful information. The agricultural education courses need to do a better job teaching
lesson planning and implementation. A significant portion of my success in agricultural
education was self
Agents seem to be spread to thin.
eems, to me and others, that the CAES is a "step
child" college to the rest of the UGA
colleges. It seems that the faster the CAES is totally out of Athens, the better the UGA
Administration would feel. This leads to a continued diminished perception of th
e importance of
Agriculture to our state and our nation.
Not allotting more funding to expand the engineering facilities to accommodate the increase in
engineering students. I am lead to believe there is a building plan to replace Driftmier but due to
k of funds it's not been made a reality. With the current increase in student interest and the
Board of Regents approving the new majors more space will be needed for faculty along with
lab equipment and various other resources.
As a CAES graduate, I did
not know what a wonderful campus Tifton is/was. I think the College
should highlight the research and what's going on there more.
There are not enough comm classes for ag comm majors. I received a hodgepodge degree from
studying ag comm. Ag comm students got the leftover classes from Grady students because we
were not a priority. Things might have changed since 2009.
keeping alumni informed on a regular basis on the college stats, research, current staff
As an engineer I did not feel a part of CAES. There was almost no mention of the college and I
didn't knowing feel any effects of the college.
I am concerned that we are not projecting the image of 21st century agiculture. We are the
school. We are the cutting edge of technology. Our tractors are steered by GPS
systems that are accurate to within 1/2 inch. Through genomics we are mapping and identifying
the genetic code of our crops. Agribusiness is the most global of any and the job
investment opportunites in agriculture are looking strong far into the future. We should be
recruiting the brightest and best students in Georgia. We should not be apologizing for UGA's
tough admission standards. Nor should we think that bec
ause a student is from a South Georgia
High School that student may not be as prepared as one from Gwinnett or Cobb.
Utilizing alumni to talk to current and prospective students about their experiences as a CAES
student and how CAES prepared them for thei
r respective careers.
outreach to alumni, and updating on what's going on in the College
My experience at Georgia was that some of the profs in Math and Chemistry and even Food
Science were sarcastic arrogant people who would not have lasted 5 minutes
in Industry or the
Military. There was a sense that they could treat you like a subhuman and you had to take it in
order to get your degree. Some Profs had such a reputation for failing people or giving low
grades that everyone avoided their courses. I can
recal one old fossil in math who said" I
thought that I had to aim this course at the laggards in the University, I guess I will have to aim it
at the dullards of the University. That attitude and a sense of entitlement needs to be
eliminated. These peopl
e are there to help the students if that is not their mission then
Perhaps keeping students focused on doing well in their studies
A closer connection with the alumni. A stronger network would be good! A profile of all
graduates to be
shared. Get more local students to go through the program. We need more
farmers who are business savvy.
Not filling key positions. We need an Extension Irrigation Specialist.
The development office (not including the Director of Alumni) has seen
better days since I have
not heard from them in over 1.5 years. Have heard little to nothing from the Dean except that
he wanted to sell the Ag Farm in Oconee County and went to Washington D.C. to speak at a
political rally (which I did not think that UGA
allowed their Deans to do coincidentally). The
college also seems to pay to much attention to where one is from and the "Good 'ol bo system"
which hurts the college and does not allow it to grow. It also does not push degrees such as
Food Science when Sr.
Shufelt is a driving force to getting people into the college.
I graduated 6 years ago so it would be difficult to say. I quite enjoyed my time there.
I feel that Tifton and griffin could both use financial improvements as well as more recruiting to
w students to these campuses. Tifton offers the highest row crop/vegetable experience
available with the use of the coastal plain experiment station locations. I do not have a good
solution to the problem, but I feel ABAC's 4 year degree programs has been
detrimental to the
UGA's Tifton campus student body and I feel that UGA should draw some of those students in.
(I don't have enough current connection to comment on this)
Prepareing the future world class agronimist
Although the education for the most
part is great, there have been professors that would teach
a class that were partly retired but were brought back to teach a class because of lack of funding
to hire someone else full
time that would be more fit for the job. This wasn't and isn't fair to
students. Everyone pays for a quality education and expects to receive one. Lets continue to
uphold standards, and not let it slip away. As a side note, I understand the severe budget cuts
the college has had, and sometimes each department has to be eco
nomically conscious, and as
a result not everything can be perfect. Another suggestion: Animal science should have a
screening process for pre
vet students. Being an animal science major myself, but not pre
experienced that I was way more quali
fied to be a vet than some of the kids that ended up in
that department. To this day I do not understand how someone does not want to handle a
certain animal or doesn't understand proper vaccination procedures and other basic tasks that
occur in this fiel
d but still thinks they are Vet material. In summation, I suggest raising the
standards. I understand the goal is to expand the college, but lets do so with quality, not
I graduated too many years ago to be able to answer this question.
ve in Oglethorpe county, so we are close to the university and get most of our information
from the ABH newspaper. Our county agent does the minimum to get by. Is not very involved
in community and does not represent UGA CAES well. let the office manage
r facilitate the office
and use extension specialist to work with community on an as need basis.
You are letting ag extension lose its credibility in the agriculture community state wide by
cutting it disproportionately. Extension is the primary face of
CAES in many Georgia counties.
You should not allow that to be diminished any further.
Need more hands on, practical application of learning. A theory is just a theory until it is used in
a practical setting. Knowledge is just knowledge and yields a s
killless person if the knowledge is
Making UGA the destination of choice for those interested in CAES.
more publicity of what research is going on at the university in the CAES maybe a monthly
highlight on a research professor and his resea
Not aware of anything
I think the engineers need more real life experiences.
CAES tries to "market" itself to incoming students each year, and I believe this has helped recruit
students. However, I think it is absolutely vital to continue to reach
out to students that are 2nd,
3rd, and 4th, + year students in CAES. Obviously theses students do not need convincing to join
CAES, but I think many students leave the college after some time becaus they are unsure how a
degree in Agriculture and Enviromen
tal Science may serve them. They are worried they are just
going to "become a farmer or producer" and will make little money as a result. I think CAES
really needs to start a program that educates current CAES students on the vast career
fields a Ag and Envi. Sci. degree can lead to. This will first encourage current
students to stay in the college and attain a degree, and secondly may result in students
exploring a larger expanse of CAES opportunities and pursuing a unique career path tha
recruiting students (undergraduate)
many don't think that they are interested in 'agriculture'
ensuring that faculty and staff across UGA know what 'the ag school' is doing. it seems that
there are many misconceptions.
is not communicating to their students the realities of the ag industry i.e. the fact that
most of the jobs are low paying, out of state with little upward mobility.
I guess I would say letting people know what they are doing. I don't hear much out of C
hear much more out of the University of Florida. I would love to see some continuing education
opprotunities that would be available via computer. At the time the post harvest phis. class
was a complete waste of time. I have never used any inf
ormation from that class in the field
The pesticide management class was terrible too and I wish it had been better taught because it
would have been nice to have graduated with a pesticide applicator's license. I think CAES
should focus on turning
out graduates with more certifications from various agencies. Florida
requires so many special certifications.
Preparing ag communications students for job opportunities. I interviewed students who
graduated from the program in 2008 & 2009
to hire an alum of the program , but
they lacked the writing skills& experience. Even if a grad of the program doesn't intend to be a
reporter they need to be able to write well. No matter what aspect of PR you go into, writing
well is crucial. I would e
ven go so far to say that all CAES grads should be required to take one ag
writing class so they are prepared to communicate agriculture's story to their community.
The College infrastructure is suffering and critical positions relative to teaching.
graduate education are not being filled.
Not sure. It appears that your story of what the CAES is doing is getting out. As an alumnus out
of state i keep up to date on what's happening at the Ag school through email, and publications.
story needs to get to those like the Atlanta politicians, and non Ag people who don't
appreciate what the CAES does to postively impact their lives.
Preparing undergrads for the job market.
It's hard to position agriculture in a society growing further a
way from the farm. Making sure
government officials and the power brokers understand the importance of agriculture is key.
That is a challenge for CAES.
I believe CAES could do a better job of tapping outside resources to provide support for its
If you want true commitment to the college, involve people by utilizing their talents
not just requesting their money. Unfortunately it seems that money has become the gateway
to being able to truly serve the college today. Unfortunate because there
are a great number of
extraordinarily talented retired and even out of work executives who can lead, or assist in
leading, key projects for the college and are willing to do so on a voluntary basis. Many would
be worth hundreds of dollars per hour if paid
as a consultant and yet it seems the college
struggles to find a way to involve them. The ironic thing is... if CAES could find a way to do this
it is highly, highly likely that the money would follow either directly or through estate planning.
ve, despite the budget challenges as of late, CAES needs to start moving forward to
distinguishing itself as a strong and historically significant institution. I feel the College is stuck
deciding what kind of a school we want to be
what kind of students
to recruit, where we head
from here. CAES offers a one
kind experience for students in UGA, learning in small
classes, doing hands on activities, and having faculty mentors and advisers who really know their
students. Understandably, it is difficul
t to use these experiences to grab the highest quality
students by selling these opportunities because the very essence of the school is that it is not
made for "elite" students nor is it made for a catch
all of students who couldn't get in otherwise.
it is undoubtedly challenging to move the school forward in getting the high quality
candidates it can without severing its original mission of providing education for all people,
more specifically the non
elite, in the state of Georgia. My belief i
s that the school needs to
formulate a unified and renewed CAES brand, which I am guessing this survey is one step
toward that. CAES needs framing that allows for this joint flexibility
recruiting some of high
performing academic students and offering edu
cation for a diverse set of students throughout
the state of Georgia, its original mission. How do you take the CAES brand and say, we are an
like" agriculture school that gives you an experience like no other and takes
students of every ty
pe and changes their lives. I think part of that will be figuring out what
unified link all CAES students share no matter their degree of skills or abilities, background,
interests. Also, I feel CAES needs to sell agriculture as a whole better to the s
that dominate UGA. It is a challenge to remove the stigma of agriculture in the face of people's
beliefs. But it can be done through better branding and advertising of the College and field as a
whole. Ag is one of America's strongest expor
ting industries and holds potential for all kinds of
students, not just the traditional student of agriculture (as the school has always brought up).
This message needs to get out to more of the University as a whole and proactively recruit
high school in more affluent areas of metro Atlanta. If we are truly one of the top
three Ag schools in the nation, we need to act like it and be an ardent supporter of all forms of
agriculture to our key audiences that will keep the school growing. The p
itted battle between
North and South Campuses seems to embody much of the debate within CAES as a former
student. We need to bridge this gap and also take a look at what events we are holding student
wise that portray us as a school and determine how we co
uld expand or improve other events
that will reframe the image CAES is casting. I would also like to see more connection between
alumni, students, and faculty in other locations besides Athens. I like the idea of coming back,
but it's difficult. Seeing
events in Atlanta or other major city centers would be very useful
perhaps during holidays when people are coming back to Georgia to visit friends and family.
Many Colleges offer a private alumni website that lets you search for alumni in certain are
that can help with organizing events, finding out where people work, and ultimately bring
together the CAES network. I am not sure if we have a system like this, but I would very much
enjoy it or enjoy hearing more about it.
I cannot think of any for t
he under grad or grad. The key thing we need is continued education
areas for alumns. You don't offer any online learning programs that I know of. Please offer
utube topics tha we can read or watch via iPad or pc.
The majors that aren't science based lack
from a curriculum and faculty standpoint. Ag
Business, Ag Education and Communications needs to focus on being more cutting edge and
industry focused. Some of the Ag Ed teachers were the worst professors that I had on campus
and this speaks poorly since
they are teaching students how to be teachers. The college does a
great job of getting the overachiever students involved in the college but lacks on trying to build
relationships with students that don't seek out opportunities on their own. CAES needs
out how to get these students involved in the college which will help this in their job search.
Supporting breeding after release. Sustainability . Basic research. Directing research
(Researchers need to focus on the real world, not just their
pet projects) Demand productivity
form all staff or get rid of them (tenure is killing the college)
4 years ago, the opportunities to gain hands on experience were quite limited except for the
summer internship. However, at the last career fair I did no
tice the externship program which I
think is fantastic. Gives students an opportunity to job shadow and understand the job function,
gives me, as an employer, an opportunity to evealuate that student and provide feedback or a
e unity with all the majors in CAES.
I would like to see CAES make a stronger effort to connect alumni to one another.
keeping alumni informed of employment opportunities especially for retired professionals who
are looking to work in the university
setting to offer their experience to mentor students in their
fields of expertise.
The Agriculture programs are losing their excitment. I don't know what needs to be done but I
don't think the problem can be totaly be blamed on society. Students are atten
schools and enjoying their programs.
The College and everything it provides are more relevant than ever to Georgians and their daily
lives. However, those Georgians do not realize the impact the College has or the service it
provides. The Col
lege needs to do a better job of informing people.
CAES could do a better job of demonstrating the critical functions served by the Cooperative
Extension Service. The CES and the research farms a vital components in continuing to build
Georgia as a leade
r in responsible and profitable agriculture.
It seems to me that issues that involve Southeast Georgia are ignored.
3. What are the trends and forces (economic, social, political,
and technological) that could
affect the mission of CAES, both
positively and negatively, in the next ten years?
The state budget trickles down less and less money into CAES. Ag issues apparent today, such as
animal welfare activists (spurned on, no doubt, by the recent
HSUS poultry practices bill)
continue to threaten our industry as a whole, especially now there is more of a legislative
interest in giving teeth to the demands of these groups.
Immigrants, students and natives from all walks of life who want to study in
contribute to the society, while settling there(becoming productive citizens).
The current trend against agribusiness, and the lack of understanding by the general public,
concern me greatly. CAES and other university programs need to unite to
figure out how to
educate people outside the CAES family on why agribusiness is so vital to the economy and to
society. Through the Extension service, we need to let people know that we are here,
knowledgeable on current issues/topics, and available to he
lp on many levels. People have no
idea where their food comes from, the safe
food issues taht we face, or that much of thier food
is imported from other countries who don't have the same standards that we do. Education is
Social: a misconception of
agriculture and agribusiness and the role it plays a role in everyday
life, the national economy and the major issues it faces (health, nutrition, trade, international
development, social policy, etc).
Young people think of agriculture as a dying industry
As agriculture becomes more centralized it is going to endanger the livelihoods of individual
farms. I hope this changes.
My external observationsof my home state (GA) indicate, in my opinion: 1) comprehensive
food systems research and education wil
l be important; GA has many cities identified by USDA
as "food deserts." While commodities seem strong in south GA, there will be need to answer
consumer demand across the state for small and medium scale production of agricultural
products and food. 2
) environmental issues will continue to impact production of all scales.
Continued work in water quality, water quantity, soil health, ag security and food safety will be
important. 3) society (general consumers) are more ignorant than ever regarding f
and natural resource systems. This is to the detriment of all ag production. A caveat is that a
there is a growing, contingent of consumers who want to know more about food production,
and seek local/regional options.
Animal Rights Avocates a
re dangerous. The EPA often does not understand the practices that
farmers must use in the production of food and fiber.
Agriculture is the key.
Becoming too politically correct would be a negative, as would blurring the original mission of
Positives would be a healthier respect for agriculture and the necessities it
provides. The rapid rate of technological advances in agriculture can also be very good when
The University of Georgia is the premier research university in
the state which trickles down to
the different colleges, schools and departments. To compete in research with other national
research universities there must be a well developed engineering research branch. Without this
integral part of technological resea
rch we will fall behind in many other areas. I understand the
engineering department is like it's own entity but it's still part of the CAES and has potential to
do more for the CAES.
Organic, sustainable, etc
Upper administration at UGA acts as if it wo
uld prefer that CAES disappear
then UGA won't
have that "Cow U." stigma. However, a strong agricultural base is important to the state and
nation. What country can be secure if it can't produce its own food? CAES needs to think in a
visionary way to hel
p make agriculture and rural living more attractive
that includes have a
broad view of the health, educational and economic needs of rural Georgians.
No increase in goverment funding and college tuitions without increases.
I am concerned about the
loss of funding, particularly for agricultural programs. The cuts to the
CAES budget should be a huge concern to the state of GA for negative implications in the safety
and profitability of our agricultural products.
ical emphasis on Food Safety will drive a greater need for students with degrees
in Food Science / Food Safety
I don't know exactly what CAES does, or is comprised of.
From the positive side we can be certain that the world is going to expect us to provi
de food and
fiber for eleven billion people. We must be up to the challenge. Failure is not an option. We
cannot succeed without CAES. If we do not educate our leaders of the importance of funding
public research and extension we will fail. In ten year
s we will be teaching our undergraduates
of how great things were.
Agriculture is hardly ever praised in the press. There never seems to be a positive article about
agriculture. CAES needs to be on the forefront promoting Georgia agriculture, from the h
row crop production to the mom and pop organic operations that are starting to flourish.
Public outlook that scorns the value of Animal Science/Agriculture degrees and vilifies
producers, farmers, and veterinarians.
Economic: industry was immedia
te payback when they hire someone. Social: all races and
ethnic groups should be given a fair chance to get their education. There should not be special
treatment for anyone. Political: The college should be a political. Technological: with all the
rld wide competition we need to nurture our students so they are proficient in math and the
sciences. These subjects should be tought in such a way thay the language is not arcane.
In my opinion most all educational institutions are doing a good job of ed
ucating their students.
We (meaning all schools and colleges) seem to get targeted by politicians and the press for
causing some of our country's economic problems and for not doing a good enough job
educating students. (This is not true of course) In
the next 10 years, I think it is important we in
education promote the truth about what how much our educational institutions have affected
the successes in this country.
I feel like the current events happening in Europe, specifically Greece, and even
ts taking place in
the Middle East right now will influence the U.S. economy.
We need to teach more about producing food AND protect the environment at the same time.
We have more people who are environmentally concious and hence our education must refle
this. We need to be much more global in perspective as the world is getting even smaller. We
must increase the use of computers and social media in the classroom. The modern student is
very technology savvy. With the number of farmers aging, we have
to find other alternatives to
produce food. We can teach our budding agriculturalists to create more corporate farms. We
need to help to stop the rest of the world from destroying the environment by cutting down the
trees and utilizing dangerous ag. che
be a keen observer to what are the actual job responsibilites of graduates
Farm commodities prices falling below the cost of production. Higher energy costs
It seems that as long as the budget needs to be cut, the Dean
has no problem in cutting
Cooperative Extension which at one time was the model for the entire country, but now is a
small shell of its former self. Political problems that will occur is once Gary Black is no longer in
office, your Annual Giving developme
nt officer will be next to useless since that is the reason
that he was given the job over far more qualified candidates.Economic trends will continually
affect Ag since there will always be an increase in food prices and the ever need to keep those
low, through various new technological gains and hopefully through the Ag engineering
program that has been in effect for many years will help with that, though one must push that
program and not just Ag Education.
I graduated with an Agricultural Enginee
ring degree and would like to see the course work and
degree continue. It's a great general engineering degree and gives graduates the option to work
in several disciplines including mechanical, civil and electrical engineering. The US doesn't have
gh students in engineering schools/colleges and more engineer graduates are needed now
and will be needed in the future as the population continues to grow. Feeding the world will
become more and more a responsibility of the US. The US will move away fro
m crops as fuel
alternatives and use food for it's most beneficial use
to feed starving people in this world.
Environmental issues are a hot topic. Organic, local food, anti corporation food movements are
gaining steam as we realize the consequences of m
onoculture and mass production farming.
The ability to increase crop yeild while still preserving local farmers' ability to produce quality
product is very important. This includes pest management, pathogen control, and the GMO
debate. Showing the world th
at GMOs are a possible solution to a growing problem is another
challenge we face. On another note, the educational field in science is slipping. Students are
coming away from high school with a low level of scientific background. This will need to be
Economically anything could happen with the volatile markets and Political issues.
Technologically, agriculture has exploded with the use of a vast array of technology. This could
be very positive for CAES if research and education can continue
and flourish toward technology
Globalization and greater dependence of the US on other nations for raw materials, trade, etc.;
less land that can be used for agricultural production; increased travel bringing potential greater
threat from imported dangers
such as pests; focus on food production that depends less on
manufactured inputs such as pesticides.
Concerning CAES, in comparison to other colleges at UGA, needs to fight for its role on campus.
Slowly Ag has been depleting on main campus and UGA's fo
undation is agriculture. It doesn't
make sense, and as much as an uphill battle it has been and continue to be I think we should
have strong leaders and representatives of this college to keep this agriculture at the University
of Georgia alive. Looking
at worldly perspective, biotechnology is the new trend among the
agriculture industry and exploration of this should be used as a competitive edge to get ahead of
other agricultural programs and to promote CAES as a relevant college to not only upcoming
udents but to "outsiders." It would also be helpful to have a supportive liaison from the
presidential department of the university to help promote CAES, not destroy it.
The main challenge that will continue to affect CAES is the lack of understanding o
n the general
public's part of agriculture and the work involved in providing the food etc that is on their table.
As a career public servant, this is certainly a challenge that we face as well.
We need to maintain a grassroots hands on real world teachi
ng expierence along with the
promotion of technology. Have students perform service/learning programs in the community.
Short term and long term interns. Use industry expierenced individuals to teach some courses.
Gains in agricultural technology will
be most important in the coming years. This goes to genetic
improvements in meat, milk, and poultry, as well as improvements in key food crops as well as
grasses and legumes for forage. Georgis must stay out on the leading edge in development of
mportant food source improvements to remain a viable research university, and most
importantly to develop a royalty stream necessary to further develop the program.
More technically skilled workers and possibly less people who desire to sit in an office
pretty. Need people who are willing to get their hands dirty. Need graduates who have critical
thinking skills and common sense
less calculus and more basic hard working skills.
The ability of people to pay for college. The continued belief,
though unfounded, that those
involved in agriculture are not highly educated. The continued demand for cheap agricultural
products and the use of artificial growth stimulants to facilitate increased production in order to
make a profit.
Politics and media
could have either positive or negative effects on the college. Agriculture is
very important to our world.
recession higher academic costs for lab
based classes with less funding We have to feed a
population growing insanely fast. The mission of CAES
needs to be to prepare graduates to fill
that food gap with new technology that will help do the job.
Economics will keep potential students away that could have major contributions.
less financial support from ag industry, and government if the economy
continues to be down
Jobs or a lack thereof would be the greatest force affecting the mission of CAES. The US push to
become more self sufficient could
The most prominant trend in regards to CAES is that there is an increasing world popultion, and
od demand as a result, while at the same time there is decreasing farming/livestock space.
This requires even more innovation and technology within CAES to increase yields while using
less resources. CAES needs to produce graduates that are prepared to add
ress these urgent
needs and act as leaders in the world community regarding these issues. Another similar
trend, is that of sustainable agriculture and our enviromental impact. It is becoming increasingly
popular to "go green" nowadays and we are begin
ing to examine our human foot print more
critically. To examine our impact, both positive and negative, one must have an educated
perspective. Furthermore, in order to offer viable solutions/alternatives, etc. a scientific
approach must be implemented. I b
elieve Sustainable Agriculture and Sustainable Living with
the Enviroment (basically Sustainability) is a degree program we MUST add soon and really
spend time fostering. There are many unique, profitable fields a CAES graduate could enter into
h sustainability. I think the science of sustainability is a fast growing, stable field that
is going to be around for many more decades and therefore a degree program we should quickly
add to CAES.
obviously the state and federal budgets
onsumer interest in local foods,
sustainable food production, grass
fed beef, organic foods etc.
continued food crisis in africa
Water is going to be the number one issue for anyone in any industry but more so for ag. There
a program instituted that focuses on water issues where students get certified as
There is so much pressure in America to produce high tech jobs and Agricultural Sciences rarely
gets a mention.
Advocacy groups' (HSUS, PETA,
Georgians for Pastured Poultry) attacks on how farmers raise
livestock. National& state budget issues that translate into reduced funds More & more
people being further removed from ag but on a positive note I see the growing trend of
an opportunity for the general public to go onto farms & learn about ag
Increased environmental regs A double edge sword for ag is social media. Bad is advocacy
groups have it mastered to quickly spread false opinions & info about farmers. Good is
community is also use it to build public support & educate consumers about how & why farmers
produce food using the methods they do. Farm Bureau has joined forces with more than 70 ag
organizations to form the US Farmers & Ranchers Alliance for this pur
WE must fight to make state government and our citizens more aware of the vital role we play
in the states economy as well as in the lives of GA citizens.
Continual budget cuts into Ag research, extension. New technological advances may make the
Ag Extension service obsolete as farmers/ranchers go directly to the research based institutions
for information and assistance. Labor issues such as immigration; Shortages for harvesting
persishable crops including adverse changes to the federal H
ogram, increase in input
costs, including demand for Class 1 Ag land as Ag competes with residential and industry.
Population changes and the need for productivity gains in the Ag sector.
Rising food costs may ultimately be blamed unfairly on those who p
roduce it. With a growing
population however, any food shortages will elevate the impact and value of ag and the
important role that CAES plays
1. Continued increased globalization of the agricultural industry. 2. Continued population
expansion in China
and India. 3. The dependency on crude oil in agriculture for everything from
fuel to fertilizer production. 4. Social responsibility
more eyes than ever will be watching
food production. 5. The reputation
and earnings potential
those tied to
professions in agriculture. 6. Clearly the U.S. political situation. With Obama at the helm things
are unlikely to change in the next four years and likely will get worse economically.
Needless to say, budget cuts are on the horizon from
federal government and could have
serious implications for many of the the College's services through extension. Still, the economy,
I believe, is likely on the upswing to an, albeit slow, recovery. With the storm mostly weathered,
the political climate wi
ll still make cuts when it has the chance. CAES must fight hard to
demonstrate the benefits that come to the state and communities (and politicians) by having
these services of outreach and dissemination. Although much of agriculture has become large
nglomerates, there is a resurgence of backyard, urban, organic, and "natural" agriculture
likely coinciding with the recent "foodie" trends across the U.S. These various trends present an
opportunity for CAES to perhaps appeal to the suburban folks who con
nect with these ideas.
Understandably, these non
traditional forms of Ag are associated often with political ideals.
CAES as a school should attempt to again walk the line and offer all kinds of Ag studies
regardless of the stereotyped political bias. This
goes for the environmental side of things as
well. Many conservation practices that are being installed on farms currently help reduce
fertilizer and water usage that improve the environment but also make the producer more
win for every
one. In a way, the school should work to be a honest broker of
agriculture learning opportunities
providing an honest attempt through its classes offered and
in its class teachings to show agriculture as a necessity for all, an opportunity to provide usab
natural land for farmers to serve as a longtime steward of the land, and also rally the very
essence of America's founding
intelligent and skilled ruggedness
in touch with the land and
the community, providing for yourself and your family, and helpin
g preserve what we know and
love about our country. It's a solid message that must be conveyed in our classes and mission
agriculture has held onto much of its root ideals, but can move in a direction of prosperity.
I feel food, the environment, bio tech
nology, retail food, water control, and natural resource
management are very important to most people for continued education. Please keep this area
communicated to your alumns.
I understand the move to be a more environmental based college but we still n
eed to push
students to be involved in traditional ag professions. This area is where the jobs will come form
over the next 10 years and baby boomers retire.
traditional brick and mortar is going to become too expensive to maintain and is not necessary
ith todays technology.
The advances in technology are obviously a trend that will continue at a rapid pace, so being
able to implement those into education effeciently and quickly will prepare students for the real
world. Green jobs are a hot topic right
now, not sure of the sustainability (through the general
public's eyes); however, seeing a lot of folks jumping on the organic and environmental
bandwagon. This could potentially be a way of the future, really too early to tell; however,
classes in this
field would likely be beneficial.
Ethanol is dramatically impacting the industry. The consumption of corn in that market is
making it very difficult to be competitive because of the cost of corn as an input source to
A significant reces
sion caused by out of control spending by the federal government, increases
in taxes on personal banking transactions, federal taxes impressed upon all real estate
transactions, imminent threat of martial law being declared because of severe economic
pse and the strong possibility of war in the Middle East involving Russia, the European
Union, radical Islamic States in an attack on Israel. On the positive side
there will be a need for
technology to preserve foods and vital medicines, and research on
ways to combat bacterial and
viral infections which are becoming more resistant to current drugs.
I do believe that we are moving away from a national focus on agriculture
BUT we are going
through trends. Sometime in the future our focus will turn ba
ck to producing food and fiber for
our world. The technology that is available now in agriculture and ag. business is absolutely
amazing. We need t ostay abreast and not totally leave what we were originally established to
small specialized farming op
erations. (organic, speciality or nitch marketing)
The economic forces will definitely affect the College's mission in the near future. Similarly, the
current political climate will continue to trend to urban and suburban centered representation.
ore, it is important the College ensure that the state's leaders, young and old, realize the
true extent and value of the College's services. Education, Extension, and Research are
invaluable and the state cannot afford to lose them.
e wants to be seen as progressive and cutting edge. "Farming" is not see that
way. We need to demonstrate beyond ourselves that agriculture not only set our foundation in
the past but will be what sustains us and leads us into the future. The work in BA
E is key to that
future. I understand the need for distance learning, but I feel that the University and CAES will
be undermining it's value if it fails to safeguard the campus learning programs. It is not possible
for the educational value to be the s
ame in distance learning. Do not fall prey to the University
of Pheonix model!!!
How can we use the "waste" from forestry (harvesting) to our advantage as a source for
4. 4. How would you
describe the ideal College of Agricultural
and Environmental Sciences in 2020?
CAES is the college at UGA most able to hold on to its roots and traditions while meeting the
21st century head
on. The college has record enrollment of students
and its research topics
continue to expand. Students in the animal and dairy science department are looking at
production practices; engineering students are creating new biofuels; ALEC students are
researching new marketing techniques for ag products. The
re is a revamp in programs so
students in the Athens campus can take online classes via webinar format from Tifton or Griffin
campuses. There are more internships than ever before, geared not toward specific majors but
to anyone interested in the agricultu
There is no such thing as an ideal
Keeping up with, or preferably ahead of, trends in the market, in the general sector, and
economy, so that we and our students are not left behind as societal trends change. Extension
service that is as
crucial to the public as it once was, updated and keeping current. Educational
opportunties for agents so that they can answer questions for citizens at any level
farmers, major producers, organic growers, etc.
A college with a more diverse studen
t population and one which was better connected to
students in other colleges and the broader UGA community.
Relevant, modern and just as interactive as it currently is
Keep the degrees you offer, lose the jerk professors. This is not law school.
lanced program of teaching, research and outreach: addressing conventional production,
sustainable agriculture and niche markets, and broad
based natural resource issues across the
entire landscape (GA, U.S. and internationally).
Pratical knowldege presen
trations coupled with the use of technology in making wise decisions
concerning all aspects of the field in which one may be working.
We need to get back to basics, seems like years ago it was much better than today.
A place that prepares students for g
ood careers in the well promoted fields of agriculture
(whether that be the family farm, industry or private business).
Allowing Agricultural and Biological Engineering degrees be incorporated with the new
disciplines being offered and under a "School" o
r "College" of engineering.
A College with a strong alumni network as well as job placements.
One where students are required to do internships in rural areas to gain practical experience.
One that addresses the state needs for food and fiber.
that does not place emphasis on one certain major or program.
All research and publications on line for with info explaining how to access this data daily.
I think that ideally the college would be in a state of growth expanding academic programs and
ve the budget cuts to the extension and 4H programs re
Being able to survive until 2020 would be ideal
Supportive of the enrolled students (#1), research (#2), and providing information to the country
The undergaduate program would be t
he premier choice of Georgia's best high school
graduates. The graduate and post graduate program would attract the brightest minds from
around the globe. Applied research be funded at levels adequate to meet the challenges of a
very large population.
I believe we are well on our way to that level and in fact may already be
Ideally, CAES in 2020 will continue to provide a sound agricultural based education that looks
not only on the past but the future of agriculture as well. CAES does not ne
ed to lose its
A state of the art facility that uses hands on education to train students for a future in a global
society. Public health, disease control, and humane animal handling and care should be
emphasized. Working with health c
are professionals like veterinarians and CDC officials, etc.
should be taught as a way to promote idea sharing and communication and make the
production and practice of animal production for pleasure and profit run smoothly and openly.
It would provide a
academic/technical education as well as a practical foundation and work on
solutions to problems that are foreseen in the growing worlds competition for resources.
One that's involved in the research, development, and maybe actively using cutting edge
ewable energy technology for agriculture processes and the environment.
CAES should have a dynamic environment where both professors and students can be
empowered to respond to the changing food needs in our country AND the world. If there is a
reduction in state and federal funding, then private sector funding must be incorporated.
I want to see graduates who can provide agricultural services without destroying the
environment. Reseach shouild cross agriculture and environment to show how to m
make graduates ready to do productive work upon graduation (perhaps devote senior classes
taught (or oversight) by graduated who have had several years on the job experience (this is
from a graduate who was in a non
that is flexible and forward focused to meet the future needs of growers and agri business
As someone who spent a great deal of time in Miller Plant Sciences and the other science
buildings on the hill, I would like to see better facilities in the
works. I would also like to see the
college maintaining its smaller class sizes and dedication to its students. Letting the students,
like myself, who have no agriculture background realize that a quality science education can be
obtained through the CAES.
It is not just a school for farmers and hicks, it is a school of
excellence and good science.
I feel that without basic applied knowledge of agriculture, graduates are less conducive and
thoughtful to the entire mass process of agriculture. I think appli
ed knowledge should be taught
first and continue with advanced theories and newer technologies. I also feel research and
extension are not only beneficial to the public, but also to guide and assist with teaching efforts.
Therefore, in 2020 I feel the 3 ba
sics of a land grant university should remain the same, but a
meshing of both basic agriculture and cutting edge technology should be taught and researched.
Greater focus on the "bigger picture" of agriculture as it's carried out around the world without
ignoring the changing needs and trends that affect Georgia agriculture.
I would hope that the college would somehow be bigger than ever and have a greater role at the
University. More resources and education offered on various topics that concentrate not
on the basics but also trends in the industry. For example a few years ago a Agrosecurity
certificate was added because the issues and topics became more relevant in today's agriculture
industry, and by allowing the students to educate themselves on
current issues gave them the
competitive edge when working in agriculture as well as representing CAES proudly.
CAES should be outreach
oriented, open, and transparent.
Interactive with the community and relevant to the times. Progressive with a solid
of work ethic.
i think that you are an organization with all the skeleton necessary to be a great organization if
the right decisions are made and attention is put on those areas that will garner the national
attention and generate the public/p
rivate partnerships that generate the stream of funds
needed to get to great. You have to keep your eye on taking the steps necessary to gett here.
Providing classes with hands on applications and giving students skills that they need to be
Providing job placement and interview skills. Providing life lessons to people who
have never had to work hard
such as getting places early, etc.
A highly desired place of education that has the most modern facilities, brightest educators and
that have a passion for CAES. This should include not only students from Georgia, but
the rest of the US and top foreign students. The most current technology should be emphasised
along with proven American & global practices. More research should be focus
ed on natural
means of increased production due to the possible detrimental side effects of artificial growth
hormones. UGA's CAES should be consistently a top 3 college of choice for those interested in an
Agricultural & Environmental Science career.
e focus on biotechnology and feeding a huge world population
Highly adaptable and tuned into communicating with students
One that works with the industry so graduates have real understanding of their career path or
I think an ideal 2020 CAES
would not necessairly be a larger college in terms of number of
students; however, ideally it would be a larger college in terms of impact, prestigue, and
importance. Ideally, we want the pick of the best students at UGA in CAES. Students who are not
wanting to learn about animals and farming, but who are leaders in the community and
determined to gain knowledge that will help them make a vital impact on the world. It would be
a more exclusive program that focuses less on the "pre
vet" students and mor
e on the world's
agricultural and environmental problems. Perhaps the Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
sections of the college could seperate a little more. The Agricultural section would focus more
livestock production, nutrition,
reproduction, agricultural econ, ag management, sustainable agricultural, and world issues in ag
(ie. starvation, inadequate technology, increasing food demand, etc.) fields. The Environmental
Sciences section would expand
(broader than present day) to encompass fields such as pre
environmental law, Enviromental politics (lobbiests, politicians, advocates, etc.), management of
construction, businesses, cities, and farms that are enviromentally conscious, general
ity (how to decrease human impact basically, could be a seminar type class),
Enviromental design for sustainability (can include industrial, home appliances, city planning,
farm design, technology design, etc). These are just some of the many areas I think
expand into and focus on to offer new fields for students.
Graduating students that are highly employable, trained in pertinent/growing fields and
Diverse Student Body
Diverse Teaching Faculty (especially more women
A college that focuses less on training scientists and more on training employees for ag firms.
Perhaps marketing should reflect the fact that Abraham Baldwin College is where non
ought to be attending.
having as large of a global re
ach as possible.
Still tops in cutting edge research such as Steve Stice & Franklin West are doing while also
addressing the production issues row crop &. Livestock farmers are facing Still providing
Extension support for farmers & youth through the 4
A blend of agricultural (to include life sciences) and environmental programs geared to meet the
needs of a rapidly changing agricultural economy and an ever changing workplace.
One that is making advances into developing new ways to make
agricultural profitable, whether
by new production techniques, new technologys, markets and financial capital, while making the
best steward uses of our resources.
The same as it is but with more advanced technology
Continued expansion of technology but
with access to the basics.
It would be college that thinks globally and acts locally to attract the best and brightest students
to take on today's and tomorrows challenges in the agriculture industry. It would INVOLVE
supporters, not just report the news
to them and request their money, to accelerate the speed
with which the college can get things done. It would be cognizant of the fact that charity begins
at home and that, here in Georgia we have (at last count) 31 counties where the average income
elow the poverty level. It would work harder to bridge gaps between agriculture and other
colleges. For example, Public Health. There are enormous links between agriculture and
nutrition. Are they well explored?
A distinguished College of diverse stud
ents (location, ethnicity, heritage, background, interests)
with a unified mission and sense of community that has not lost touch with its alumni,
supporters, or roots, but has transformed with the times to lead the way forward in the field of
A college that has become an outspoken supporter of agriculture that people refer
what John Hopkins is to medicine, Julliard is to music, and MIT is to engineering and
technology. A College with a reputation of high quality and unique students that
are put into top
positions in the field of agriculture and researchers that provide groundbreaking and cutting
edge research, yet true to our mission.
Great classroom and online learning experience for students and alumns. Video stream the
classroom and a
llow for lab work remotely. Keep costs low for students to attend school in a
medium that allows any student to participate.
Enrollment growth, increase in student performance, increase in alumni involvement and giving,
increase in job placement and remai
ning at the top against other colleges with starting salaries
focused on distance learning. Video conferencing type classes. (it can be recorded no need to
take up so many man hours with live classes) Continuing Ed (NOT extension, today's
is too dumb down for a graduate). Basic research, GA solutions to GA problems (Ag is by
A College churning out graduates fully prepared to meet the challenges of the industry with vast
educational backgrounds, real world exper
ience, and work ethic, looking to establish themselves
as innovative leaders for their company bringing value with each day of employement.
A program that changes with the industry, develops real life curriculums that allow students to
have an easy transi
tion to the industry as it relates to there time. For example, when I
graduated, some of the things that I learned in class were outdated in comparision to how the
industry was running.
CAES should be providing the industry with well qualified employees
and continue providing
students with out of class experiences such as internships, study abroad trips, and research
A community of learners committed to producing, innovative, creative, and enterprising
individuals, along with ideas and
technology to promote a healthy economy, improved
livelihood for all the citizens of Georgia and the United States.
More encouragement of non
traditional large acreage farming. (You can make a good living
on less than 50 acres)
The ideal College wo
uld be focused on educating its students and the public at large
both with the tools for success in their home and business pursuits. The College will be
technically relevant, have an understanding of the education and skills their 2020 gradua
need to be successful in 2040. Both will be done while remaining true to the College's roots in
education and extension.
One that is the premier school for environmentally sound ag research. We must be looking to
tie our agriculture to other fa
cets of the economy and enviroment. I look for more advanced
technology to be developed for on
farm use, for processing, and delivery of products. I also see
that to be a leader, CAES should be looking at alternate resources streams
specifically how to
convert farm wastes in to resources that are sought after. i.e. waste to energy projects
5. 5. Did CAES give you an advantage over your peers who
graduated from other colleges and universities?
YES, a hundred, thousand percent yes. Before I graduated, I had a reporting job lined up with
"The Times" in Gainesville, Ga. I started that job two days after graduation. Arguably what made
that fact even better is that a fellow staff membe
r at "The Red & Black," a Grady student who
graduated at the same time I did, applied for the same job. A CAES agricultural major beat out a
journalism major for a journalism job!
Yes! Agriculture is the beginning of all great civilizations. No matter w
hat your educational goal
I would suggest that anybody who wants a well rounded education start with a degree in
agriculture. I earned a diploma in animal health before I earned my bachelor's degree in
microbiology at the University of Georgia.
Yes, through my activities in CAES I gained confidence in my leadership, communication, and
organizational skills. This I credit to the time and interest the faculty and staff devote to the
undergraduate students and student organizations.
gave me an opportunity to stand out from the crowd, instead of having a cookie cutter
degree such as biology or business
Not that I can see. After I graduated with my undergrad degree, and then later when I earned
my Master's, I had the worst time findin
Yes. My education and 6 years of employment have provided me with skills and relationships
that allow me to succeed in my Extension career. My affiliation with this strong land
grant is a
benefit. In particular, the strong leadership
I had from 2001
2007, at the departmental (ADS
and BAE) and college level (CAES) set a good example for me to follow.
I would expect this to be true because agriculture is involved in the much neeeded job of
producing products require by the population
for threir growht and development.
As a double major in ag. comm. and ag. ed., I felt extremely behind when I began my Master's
program at a top tier research institution. My ag. comm. knowledge is very limited to the
knowledge I gained from the 6 Grady c
ourses I took while at UGA. I never realized there might
be a "technique" to lesson planning and didn't receive adequate instruction and guidance on
planning an effective ag. ed. program.
Hard to really compare.
I feel that my department gave me another
alternative and approach to my field of study. I
believe this gives me a well roundedness that could not be obtained at competing schools in the
state of Georgia.
Yes. I have CAES to thank for where I am professionally.
Yes and no. Yes, because UGA
is a land grant university, and people recognize that. No, because
my degree was a hodgepodge of unrelated classes.
I know that my education in the CAES gave me an advantage over my peers in that I entered vet
school with much for practical hands on
experience working with livestock species as well as a
much more in depth knowledge of the markets that many of my classmates did not have. I also
received education in certain areas in my undergraduate studies that were barely addressed in
vet school, wit
h the most notable being livestock nutrition.
No, started out in fert. business. 4 year degree was not an advantage. Only made job harder
with highschool grads. Second job was with national chemical co. Would not have gotten job
with out experien
ce and degree.
No. It is unknown in the areas (geographically, educationally, and research wise) in which I am
CAES and UGA gave me the confidence to know that I could compete with anyone from
anywhere at any time.
the Washington, DC internships. I would not have gotten my first job after
graduate school without the work experience and connections that the internship provided.
Most definitely. I believe that, as a junior in the College of Vet Med at UGA, my hands
experience with animals in the Animal Sci. program from CAES is vital to my success and gives
me an edge above other students.
To begin with I was always proud of the fact that I was fortuantes enough to attend such a
quality school. I never met anyone
in 46 years who had something negative to say about this
Georgia. When I went into the Army upon graduation the people in the Army at FT Benning
were respectful of this institution, as the school was the home of many graduates who served
When I got my first job at Hershey Foods Corporation, I know I was better
prepared than my peers who went to othe schools such as Ohio State and Purdue as they did
not have the backgound I did.
My experience at UGA was for only 2 years, but even that expe
rience was valuable in giving me
an advantage over my peers. The total UGA atmosphere was what created that advantrage.
Yes, many opportunities for internships and access to employers
CAES gave me a distintive advantage by providing me with a solid appl
ied degree. I held one of
the top jobs in agricultural marketing in my home country. My educational was excellent! I was
allowed to do a double major
finance and applied economics. This combination has made me
very marketable and enabled me to have a
finance position in a large private university in
Florida. Presently, I am the chair of finance, economics, entrepreneurship, and real estate. My
applied education is providing my students with skills that they can relate to and use.
very well prepared
but had some time going from academic to on the job work
Yes, first from a relationship stand point. Secondly from the national reputation of our school.
We were told that CAES was one of the most prestigious, whereas in fact, most people think
talk to cows.
Yes. Through my work in Scott Gold's lab, I gained a great appreciation for practical science
applications I the lab that have made me more marketable to employers and graduate school. I
can thank my experiences for preparing me to teach a
nd to have hands on knowledge of
practical work that I can impart to my students.
Yes, the knowledge I gained in Tifton is not available elsewhere due to the fact other universities
do not have the amount of research space available in Tifton or even Geor
I felt like I had good instruction from professors who knew GA agriculture well.
I feel like the peer network I built in my time at CASE is unmatched. I have attended 3
college/universities, and none can compare.
Yes, it did in certain ways. I wa
sn't just a number at CAES. The close
knit environment enabled
me to have more hands on experience to ask more questions and receive more individual
attention and support. I always had someone to advise me that had hands on experience in the
field they w
ere teaching versus textbook knowledge. Overall UGA and especially CAES has many
resources and connections that allow for a better opportunity for students.
Yes, I believe so primarily because the ornamental horticulture program was a strong science
d program which help me develop critical thinking skills.
We were involved in a marketing comp. with other colleges that was very helpful.
I feel that i got a great education at UGA in CAES to prepare me for a successful career in Ag
business. it also l
eft me with many friends and associates across the state and nation that have
been helpful to my career.
Yes, I was an agricultural education major and the "for teachers" classes are unique to UGA. I
felt much more prepared than any one else who graduate
d from other Universities.
As a resident of Georgia, I think it gives me an advantage because UGA is the most prestigious
university in the state. To tell someone you are a Georgia grad means something in this state. I
have never lived in another state so
I am not sure if being a UGA graduate holds as much status
in other states. I do hope that being a UGA grad means as much in other states as being a Penn
State, Ohio State or Michigan graduate does here.
I had gret instructors, advisors and mentors withi
n the college who helped prepare me for a
career in agriculture.
Yes. I had a well
rounded, applicable experience in the CAES that I would NOT have gotten if I
had stayed in the college of arts and sciences. I feel that I had a very broad educational
rience with a great deal of pratical, "hands
on" work. I am currently an Ag teacher because I
fell in love with the CAES experience and wanted to encourage others to head in that direction. I
did not enter school to be an ag teacher or graduate with an ag
education degree. I worked as a
biologist and came back to ag after realizing that it would have a better impact.
It is hard to say how much of an advantage was gained from CAES but it certainly doesn't hurt to
say I attended UGA.
yes, more job options
I feel that as an engineering bunch we could work together in teams better and can give
presentations well compared to the "other school".
I believe I was well prepared when I entered the master's program at Penn State University. The
school prepared me
I believe CAES gave me an advantage over my peers. I am a double major: Biological Sciences,
and Animal Science from CAES. I originally came to college as pre
vet (hence animal science),
but changed to pre
med after about 2 years. I choose to keep m
y Animal science degree since I
was almost done with it, and added a Biological Science to stay within CAES while broadening
my degrees some too. The main thing I believe I got from CAES that none of my pre
got as much was the hands
s. I was doing research on brain and bone stem cells in
sheep as a model for humans, doing sugeries on chickens, researching human breast cancer in
genetically altered mice, and even doing necropsies on various animals at the vet school where I
tomy. While these experiences were all with animals, they served as models for
human health and were designed to eventually be applicaple in human medicine. Unlike my
peers who had only chemisttry, biology, physics, biochem, etc. to prepare for med
all those classes PLUS classes that, while animal centered, served as a foundation for human
medicine and were hands
on and HIPPA free.
I don't think so.
Within Georgia yes, nationally no. Firms prefer Aggies and Corn Huskers.
I have worked along
side graduates from other schools in the landscape industry and I would say
UGA prepared me to enter the work force more so than the other graduates from other schools.
I feel that I was better prepared for a successful interview. I had more hands
on experience I
had been placed in leadership roles in the Landscape Club as president My plant ID knowledge
was heads and shoulders above others Soil Science was not taught at other schools so that was
an advantage. Other schools did not teach prop
agation techniques My class with David Berle
learning GIS technology was useful
Can't compare my degree to other universities because I only applied for jobs in Ga., but I do
think the tight
knit community of the CAES gave me an advantage over other
students @ UGA in
other colleges. Being a student in the CAES gives you exposure to potential future employers in
Extension, state ag ed & state ag organizations you may work for or with after graduation. I
think our college provides more opportunities for
this type of interaction.
CAES is probably providing more of an advantage to graduates now than it did when I
Without the Ag School I would not have had the career in AG Finance that I have enjoyed for
nearly 25 years. UGA remains to this da
y a special place in my heart. My oldest son hopes to
attend in the near future.
Yes it did. The prestige of the UGA seal carried a lot of wieght and was a difference maker when
applying for jobs. The difficult course work also prepared me for challeng
es on the job.
As an ag comm major, I certainly was able to distiguish myself from my fellow journalism grads.
I'm not certain that in my time it did but the Ag Engineering program certainly did because we
received a very, very well rounded engineering c
urriculum that gave us a distinct advantage
over, say, a GT graduate that studied only one engineering discipline (e.g. mechanical, electrical,
etc.). We got exposed to all of it.
Yes. The Ag Fellowship program jump
started my career, my faculty recommen
dations from the
College got me into the graduate program of my choice with full funding, and my degree of Ag
Communication put me ahead of the rest in getting into the Federal Government when very few
people can right now besides veterans.
y that I can tell.
Yes. I was extremely involved with clubs and organizations within the college which gave me the
opportunity to network on and off campus and increase my professional development. No
when you look at curriculum. The investment
from my professors was poor and they should
have done a better job of raising the bar with the students.
Yes. Best education in my major to be had in the Southeast. (if not the nation)
I believe that I was certainly at an advantage. Personally, the educ
ation and work experience (I
was full time employed the last 3 years of college) prepared me to meet the expectations of my
job. I was hired at the same time as a Clemson grad, by another Clemson grad, completing a
sales force of 2 Clemson grads and mysel
f. Less than two years later the Clemson grad who was
hired along with me was no longer with the company and I surpassed the established Clemson
grad, working my way to a management position with 3 less years experience than the
established Clemson grad.
Absolutely because we new what the industry was like. Someone who graduates with a
business degree and no agriculture experience will not understand the complexity of our
Yes, I was able to participate in a variety of programs and groups withi
n CAES. These programs
made me well rounded and helped me with my interpersonal and interview skills. This is a
unique benefit that few other colleges can offer.
Yes , I was able to utilize the skills I learned to help a company grow in the quality of
products, improve employee performance and increase profits.
Without a doubt, but I have remained in the agriculture field in different aspects since my
No............just another degree!
Yes. My education and my professors gave me the
theoretical knowledge necessary to think
critically and creatively when addressing problems in my business. Further, those professors
gave me an education which enable me to walk out of school and into the business community
with credibility. My educatio
n has allowed me to sit across a table from presidents and C.E.O.s
of billion dollar companies and speak intelligently regarding a multitude of matters. Further, I
grasped our company's business model faster than those I entered the company. As a result,
have moved ahead of my colleagues and into managerial responsibilities.
It did. The strong BAE program prepared me with a better engineering degree than I have seen
from other BAE programs at other schools. The strength of the faculty with the leader
6. 6. Was there anything missing from your CAES academic
I always wanted to take advantage of a study abroad program or internship, but always felt
there was not much offered for ADSC or AGCM majors.
I really think CAES provides numerous opportunities for its students.
Solid advising. I ended up with some extraneous credits.
If practical, more frequent contact with agriculture
organizations such as Ag Alumni, Young
Farmers, Ga Cattlemen and Farm Bureau would seem desirable.for updating members on the
opportunities avalable at the UGA or ABAC.
I can only speak for ag. communications and ag. education, but I feel that rigor was t
component missing from my academic program. I received instruction in theory, but very rarely
received usable feedback on my practice or implementation.
Sometimes excellent teachers were lost because of lack of research. Some researchers are not
ery good in the classroom.
I would have liked more labratory experience as well as more cooperative opportunities with
companies around the state when I was in school.
Yes, there were no classes specific to ag comm. We took ag c
lasses and comm classes
did they cross over.
Business classes perhaps. In retrospect I wish I had taken some basic accounting or business
No. Just job choice.
Yes, should have been required to take a foreign language... prefereably
Involvement from CAES in the engineering department.
A few more "A's" would have been nice. Seriously, I have never been in a situation in the past
34 years where I thought CAES let me down.
The one thing I did not get to experience was a stu
dy abroad program. Since my graduation the
study abroad programs have increased and improved significantly.
There should be more ways for people to find out how they can really use their degrees. Just
telling people "it can be used for anything!" is NOT
sufficient. We need real examples of jobs
and opportunities and speakers from different facets of the industry to speak to the student
body so that they know what they are doing is valuable and serves the greater good.
A shortage of caring professors. Lac
k of mentoring and someone you could go to who actually
cared about helping you. Many students such as me and my friends were 1200 Miles fronm
home, we were not Southerners and no one gave a damn about us. We had to make it on oour
own or we were sunk. For
us failure was not an option.
In the present economic environment, a network of agricultural businesses and alumni would
help to get the students employment more easily.
I think applying my academic education
More hands on labs and practible appli
cations. The new programs and campus in Tifton can
address some of this.
Yes, a viticulture program...and the ability to access help for jobs. The career center does not
care about Ag which was evident in the multiple career counselors that we had during
tenure. It would have been nice had the college itself actually cared about our careers.
I entered into the college a little late after my initial requirements had been fulfilled in Franklin. I
would have liked a better advisor in those early years.
Again, I would like to see a more basic knowledge taught prior to the current programs. A few
things I think would be beneficial that I was not exposed to include: larvae identification, more
extensive pesticide equipment calibration (airblast, r&d, in fur
row, fertilizers), basic fertilizers.
Could have offered more practical experience to expose students like me from more urban
backgrounds to aspects of agriculture that other students may have grown up learning about.
I could have greately benifited from
a course on farm management. Think 1000
production row crop farm. There are lots of farms in georgia, most could benifit from more
As an animal science major, the farm facilities were/are decreasing which hinders the
teaching ability of professors because there's nothing left to be hands on with. The farms keep
getting sold. This decreases the quality of education tremendously for students. It is extremely
disappointing to hear about all the great things st
udents used to be able to do and learn but can
no longer due to these unfortunate circumstances. Overall these gaps are depleting the quality
No, the program was well organized.
i made sure that i got the things that i needed by taking co
urses, both in and out of CAES.
I wish that there could be "applied science" classes. I had to take the same chemistry and
biology that pre
med students took and I found that I use absolutely none of it now. I was
missing the applied part of the science
and struggle in that area now.
A little more in the career counciling area. I was a graduate in 1986 so I am assuming that alot
I would like to see professors who want to teach be the ones to do it. I understand that research
teaching are requirements for all professors but the one class I mentioned above was
taught by someone who clearly did not want to teach and the class was affected by it. I was
really excited to take that one class and it was big disappointment.
ocusing on sustainability in agricultural and envi sci. and classes on animal to human
diversity in the student body
Yes. The truth about the horticulture industry being very limited in its opportunities and the
landscape industry being a subse
t of construction not its own industry. Students are paying top
dollar for a UGA Ag degree and getting paid little in the industry.
Spanish Language education Contract writing skills for landscape maintenance professionals
Project Management Training
hen I went through the ag comm program (1990
1994) there was a lack of support for the
program. If I had not entered college with somewhat of an idea of what I wanted to do I could
have really gone adrift. I had 2 different advisors before Becky Carlson, a
n alum of the program,
was hired as the student recruiter & became our advisor my junior year. She gave us a lot of
support. I know the program is structured much differently now & seems to have better
support. However, I would respectfully encourage the
college to be sure that ag comm students
are encouraged to do internships in various aspects of PR so they understand that there is more
to PR than attending meetings. Caes needs to be sure that ag comm grads are prepared to tell
ag'a story & advocate for
agriculture whether they go into politics or work for Extension or an
Could have benefited from more basic sciences background
Some basic agronomy incorporated into the curriculum couild have helped.
More career direction at the time.
There was little mentoring and advice pointing me in the
direction of internships, etc.
Looking back, you can't overemphasize the need to communicate well to be successful in this
world. I think incorporating as much written, interpersonal and public spe
aking coursework as
the degree programs can handle would be a wonderful investment in the student's education
and ultimately the reputation of the college. If they can't communicate, what good is their
At times I felt a bit like an outsider be
ing from a suburban family. My interests were similar, I
supported and fell in love with the College and its faculty/staff/mission all the same, but I was
seen by the "true" aggie students as being different and, perhaps, too yuppie or something. This
't stop me from finding plenty of friends and getting an incredible experience out of the
College, but I would worry for future students that feel like me that there is this culture where
the school is changing but some people just aren't ready for it. I
did not get this vibe from any
of my professors, but some students in various organizations were just not accepting.
Yes. The curriculum did not push me to do better. It lacked in regards to following trends and
the department assumed that everyone
was going to follow the same career path and was
narrow minded with their academic offering.
Field experience, labs were great; however, I have not seen a lab since i graduated, while I fully
understand the importance of laboratory settings,
taking it a step further into the field would
have been an additional benefit. Not really sure how that fits in but just a thought.
In the poultry program, the curriculum focused primarily on animal husbandry. The poultry
industry is now greatly more c
omplex with value added business.
using combined industry
university internships to help students become more aware of the way
in which business is conducted and how technology they learn about in the lab or class room is
applied in actual practice.
much 'publish or perish'.
I believe my classmates and I could have benefited greatly from a more aggressive career
services center. (It is entirely possible that the College had/has a great career services center
that I did not know about)
The senior de
sign series was newly introduced during my time at UGA. It was not well run for
those in areas of concentration that focused on traditional ag. The professors with backgrounds
in other disciplines (mechanical, for example) treated these disciplines as in
ferior. Rather than
squash true AG engineering, it should be built up and integrated with the other fields.
7. 7. What were valuable academic experiences that you had at
Every class I had
opened up my eyes to new issues, new topics and new interests.
An education, a career, respect, and goodly friends
on opportunities were of the greatest merit and taught me the most; I don't want to
see those diminished because of a UGA
administration that does not understand our industry
and its importance to the university and our society.
My study abroad experiences in Brazil
The chance to have a smaller class size and interactive hands on laboratories.
Jack Houston was amazing. He
provided lectures and real
world stories to support his
The chance to study with outstanding scholars
The most valuable aspects of my expereince came through internships, independent study, and
student employment in research labs and at the s
wine center and dairy (Athens).
I had no problems finding employment in a variety of job fields because of the courses I
completed at UGA and ABAC.
CAES Ambassadors, HORT 4040
They helped I.D problems on my farm
great teachers for the most part, the CA
ES related clubs and teams, the classes with hands on
I was able to take a trip to Costa Rica for my Senior Design project which made a big impact on
me. I also enjoyed the close knit environment my department encouraged. I worked more
with my classmates which in turn helped me academiclally and even after school when I
was starting a career. The contacts I made in the engineering department were in part due to
the learning environment I had.
e of the best experiences of my life. Loved the Italian experience with great
The politics within the University of Georgia and College of Ag must bee removed!
I think what made my education so valuable was the "hands on learning" experience
through my classes in the Animal science department.
Professers in early 80s were all very helpful. Enjoyed most all... Almost all retired now.
The experiences of being on the Meats Judging Team and traveling to Dixie Section IFT monthly
eetings & plant tours and the "volunteer activities" that gave me hands
on experience did
more good than the academic class information that I could have learned anywhere.
Within the engineering department I learned academically and gained research experi
My interests were in ag economics and agricultural mechanization. Each of these majors had
thiry hours of electives in the college of agriculture. I chose ag mechanization electives for ag
econ and ag econ for mechanization electives. In doing
so, I developed a hybrid program that
met my needs and prepared me for the career I had chosen.
The agricultural based classes provided many examples that I use today as an agribusiness
I felt a great camaraderie with the other students; like CAE
S is a family and everyone is
welcome. Professors and students can talk easily and get help. I also had good mentor
from my advisor whom I am still friends with!
Some very good professors and interesting courses. A lot of time in the lab. Lab
invaluable as you learn to set up experiments, collect data and determoine outcomes. This is
something you are called on to do in industry constantly and their is a great deal at stake in
what decions you make based on that data.
The study ski
lls I aquired that allowed me to better educate myself.
I like the rigor that was provided in the courses. I enjoyed teaching a unit in options to my
fellow classmates. I also felt great to have a publication before I graduated (co
authored with a
participation in student clubs, etc
learning to work with and leading other professionals
All classes, labs, and club activities.
Anything that I took that involved Horticulture
Working in the lab was very important to me. Having the ability t
o work hands on and develop
my own experiment allowed me a considerable advantage in my understanding of scientific
Most of the labs I took were very valuable. Also, the teachers may not have had access to some
aspect of the lab, but they kne
w others who did or had more experience with the subject and
that I feel is very valuable.
Learning experiences that took us to different parts of the state for first
hand experience in
studying Georgia soils.
The economics courses help me shape a broade
r view of the global nature of agriculture
Projects that were required that were usually extensive and were definitely a pain, were the
ones that were the most helpful after college. For example, the agribusiness department
requires students to make a bu
siness plan, marketing plan, or other analyses and research. SO
helpful! Keep pushing students to do this, it's a great resource and experience to reflect upon.
Student worker; summer internships; independent study project
Being able to visit and be
involved on the farms at the university opened my eyes to things I had
not grown up with. I am a visual learner. It helped me alot.
My masters program was the best part of my experience there. i feel that i am what i am today
because the graduate progr
am forced me to learn how to think and use information that i did
not know even existed prior to my entrance into the program.
Taking the "for teachers" classes. Classes with labs that were hands on.
Any class that I had with Dr's Broder, Clifton & Will
iams. These men truly were passionate about
their work. I had the privilege of being on a UGA scholarship committee several years after
graduating with Dr. Williams. He was still a joy to be around.
Internship and clubs were valuable in teaching me many
different things that I did not learn in
Intro to Ag class Working in the horse barn during horse production class having small
teacher/student ratios great lab experiences in every ag class
All of my major classes seemed valuable to me
r design class and having to do presentations
All of them, especially the hands
on ones and the research I did outside of class. I also got to TA
one semester which was exciting and valuable.
my major coursework
especially with Marsha Black
All of my
academic experiences were good in both my undergraduate hort degree and Masters
of Plant Protection degree. The professors were superb to a one.
Internship...wish I had done more than one. Learned so many valuable skills. Club involvement.
Service projects Hort Club travels to various landscape/horticulture
Participating in the CAES Ag Ambassador program
got to meet potential future employers & the
movers & shakers of Ga.' ag industry which helped me as I transitioned into my post school
Working as a student worker in the communications office of the CAES Experiment Stations.this
gave me the chance to interview UGA researchers about their research & to learn how to write
about ag. Also taught me about the many facets of the college
. Going on a 6 week exchange
program to an ag school in Stuttgart,Germany. Great chance to see ag in a different country,
learn about a different culture & get a different perspective on life. Participating I Block &
Bridle's Little Eye Livestock show
Going through AGHON
learned more about UGA & Ga.
History which has stuck with me 20 years later. Also learned how to handle stress & being
challenged while bonding with my pledge class. Participating in Alpha Zeta & Brass Gavel & Ag
earned how to participate in & conduct meetings & formed friendships. Farm labs
in animal science 101 with Dr. Robert Lowery & visits to agronomy research farm in Dr. Nick Hill
& Dr. Carl Hoveland's classes.
Good blend of lab and field experiences and
an opportunity to be a student employee.
The interaction I had with other students from different backgrounds and experiences. The
professors generally took an interest in me as an individual.
Writing a business plan among others
Small classes with pr
ofessors who were very accessible.
I think being exposed to a variety of engineering disciplines instead of one was
I enjoyed the flexibility of the program where I was able to fit it to my personal needs. I was able
take classes in other languages, do an exchange, study abroad, and learn a lot in a wide range
of classes (CAES, Grady, Forestry, etc). I found the possibility of a tailored experience refreshing
compared to my former major of International Affairs which w
as too rigid in focus. Small class
sizes in CAES were incredible. In my opinion, the smaller the are, the more you learn. Most of
my CAES classes were at most 30 but average 20. These were the perfect size and allowed me to
get to know every professor
and really be pushed as far as thinking about the subjects and
issues. A freshman seminar on World Poverty and Hunger convinced me to join CAES.
Although I thought the seminar could have been improved a lot, Dr. Navarro was convincing
enough to lead me
to talk to other faculty in the school and I was sold as a double major
soon, though, CAES was miles above SPIA that I switched for good and never looked back. My
one major from CAES and experiences in the school took me way beyond SPIA's potential
also enjoyed the applicability of the classes. After enough SPIA theory
based learning, CAES was
refreshing. Discussing real
world problems and solutions was probably the best part about my
CAES classes. Applying much of my learning on study abroad
trips is just another example of
oriented strength. I believe that having professors with both academic
strength and professional strength are key to continuing this experience.
The classroom, field experiments, and labs were all very q
uality experiences and professional.
plant nutrition AG accounting Dr. Dirr
An excellent set of instructors who were passionate about their field of study and wanted the
students to be passionate about them as well. Great formal education, wouldn't
anything less from CAES. Looking back, I think the management top to bottom is superb, for the
most part, all employees have bought into the direction the College is headed and working to
meet the goals established.
Hands on experience in the clas
sroom that related to the industry.
The study abroad trips and internships were the most valuable. These exposed me to life
beyond the classroom and opened my eyes to new opportunities.
Meeting and sharing with established research professionals and le
arning from their
experiences the value of honest effort and integrity in their research endeavours.
The work study program as it was called then, gave me many added experiences with the
various programs going on at that time. Also, I worked closely with
many professors who were
very knowledgable and tolerant.
I had two
three excellent professors and ONE that UGA would not fire....tenure!
My interactions with my professors, my internship, the presentations given by CAES alumni in
elopment and ethics training along with the academic courses.
8. 8. What would you recommend to improve CAES academic
I wish there could be more summer classes!
Learn more about Georgia and
other countries and cultures.
Fill vacant faculty positions, as soon as possible. I am concerned that classes are not being
offered which could provide valuable educational opportunities. Stop the decline in UGA
production; increase hands
s (CLOSE to campus) for students, and allow them to
take more of a part in raising and marketing UGA stock.
Better coordination of courses with other colleges to allow Honor students and students with
dual degrees to have a more streamlined schedule.
e a few more special electives that apply to any major in the college so that the college is
less fragmented between programs.
Less classroom, more real
Mandatory work at farms or in labs, and a capstone project. BAE requires a capstone
, but my
degree in animal science did not. I would highly recommend a service requirement to drive
home the mission of the land
grant. I would also suggest improved career counseling. In the
last 10 years I have seen more career opportuntities beyond tr
aditional ag employment.
Examples include: environmental management of agriculture, ag and food security,
computer/technology applications in agriculture.
In graduate schoo it would be important to stress as much possible the great experiences for
s who take summer job opportunities at vaious reseach stations around the state.
I recommend auditing the ALEC department as compared to other institutions with similar
programs. There is a significant lack of rigor missing from the curriculum. Outsourcin
agricultural communications to Grady loses the focus on agriculture. At other institutions,
agricultural publications are produced in ag. comm. courses. Students are researching and
learning about agriculture, while learning to write and publish. In
terms of agricultural
education, courses like HORT 4040 allow for practical application of agricultural education
practices. More "in
house" classes like this and the forestry, wildlife, and fisheries course taught
by Dr. Fuhrman and Warnell professors are
necessary to help future teachers learn content and
how to teach these subjects. Can an animal science/poultry course like this be implemented?
Can we teach ag. mech. at UGA for a whole semester? I'm taking an ag. mech. course at
another university that
is geared towards teaching ag. ed. students how to teach ag. mech. We
meet in the classroom on campus two days a week and then go to a local high school one night
a week for lab.
Look at making each school/department unique and have the student
s work closely with each
other. I know there is a club for the CAES but that should be broken down further to help
students form bonds with their classmates in similar majors.
Remove the goverment and other politics for the University System.
think that there should be a bigger emphasis made on study abroad. I did an agricultural study
abroad and it was an invaluable experience to me both academically and personally. UGA as a
whole has a very high percentage of students that study abroad, but
I think that those programs
are not promoted (or weren't when I was there) as well as other colleges.
Out of touch. Not sure
Should require a hands
on working Internship for every student before they are allowed to
Make the students feel con
nected to CAES.
Keep in mind the needs of agriculture and the ever increasing need for faster information
delivery systems. We need to be sure that we do not replicate that which can be delvered at a
technical college. We do not need to train tractor d
rivers. We need to educate the people who
will hire tractor drivers.
I think one area of improvement would be more hands on class experience by utilizing the vast
array of agricultural research throughout the CAES system as well as utilizing alumni.
career opportunities class with different speakers to expose students to the array of
possibilities available to them
a dual degree with MADS and DVM
Good foundations in the basic sciences with practical application so the student is just not living
the theoretical world as in the real world you need solutions.
Not an improvement
but just maintaining the CAES commitment to the advancement of the
Perhaps requiring them to maintain a 'C' grade point average every semester.
CAES must stay on the cutting edge of technology and innovation in agricultural and
environmental sciences. It must attract local and foreign students to spread the knowledge of
good agricultural and environmental practices. Always include applied portio
ns in each class.
Ensure that ethics is taught to improve the changes of utilization of good practices.
As mentioned more applied training in the senior year, not just CAES but most new graduated.
I was a 2 Lt ROTC graduate and the military put you to
work immediately, with many
you need a development chairman that pitches new programs to Alumni to gain financial
support. The new development chair as well as the Dean has done neither nor do I know
anything about current pr
ograms nor the ongoings that are occurring at CAES.
Useful and worthwhile lab experiences, the chance to work closely with a professor, and the
same level of interesting and dynamic classes I experienced.
Again basics as above, and also some type of str
ucture for the curriculum. It's not that the
teachers are not successful in what they do, it's more that they are focused in their specific
background and therefore tend to twist material toward their work
I think taht CASE is missing out by not
offering an undergraduate path focused on agronomy and
farm management. It dissapointments me to see agronomy phased out. It is an important field.
I think recruitment would have been a better solution. Eventually, when all of the UGA
st positions are held by iindividuals that graduated from Auburn, Clemson,
and UF, we are going to be scratching our heads.
Create better funding for this college. Alumni and connections of the college would be more
likely the main source, since the budg
et from the president is not likely to change for the better
any time soon. Get smart about utilizing the resources that currently exist for the college to
maximize quality education for CAES students.
Build partnerships between the different programs wi
thin the college
students build networks.
Community work for a semister at an approved site/farm.
Keep hiring and using top notch professors and teachers. i also recommend developing a
program to bring in successful Ag Industry peop
le for student seminars or to teach special
Continue to pursue professors that are passionate about their field and who are very
personable. Nothing is worse than a highly intellegent professor that has no common sense or
social skills with their
been out of school too long to know for sure
As many practical courses as possible, those seem to stick with me more than technical courses
More real world experience
Add the types of classes I have mentioned earlier, see quest
Require foreign language; Require either service learning or study abroad
Programs should include much more hands
on field work. Let's be honest, most graduates are
going to end up in the field not in a science lab.
More basic science and math co
urses for first two years to prepare students more adequately
for senior division work.
More skills development tasks in the classroom. There was to much emphasis on theory which
resulted in memorizing data rather than developing applicable skil
ls in the workplace.
More collaboration between other colleges.
Strive for consistency in teaching methodologies. In engineering, professors spoke one language
as it related to expectations around how work gets done, format, style in problem solving,
As soon as you left Driftmier and walked into another classroom it was like going to mars.
Realizing profs generally have big egos and like to do things their own way, giving them some
process in terms of how they deliver their content and expectati
ons of their students sure
wouldn't hurt. Add as much communication into the curriculum as possible.
Keep the real world experiences coming (labs, study abroads, internships, practitioner
faculty). Strengthen some of the academic rigor of t
he classes. Improve relations with Grady
(if this has not happened already) and look into more programs that are similar, using the
strengths of CAES and outsourcing some classes to the schools that do it best for other subjects.
Keep on the forefront
of education but open the school up to the broader public and keep it
affordable with online learning programs.
Encourage professors to raise the bar with their academic offerings. Get industry involvement
with teaching opportunities and job placements.
Real world, field type applications
Update the curriculum as the industry changes.
I would like to see improvement in the faculty of the college. I have had difficulty contacting
several faculty members and professors during my gra
duate studies. This has been very
frustrating as someone who is working while attending graduate school. I am also seeing
minimal benefit in my graduate studie, so I would recommend that more emphasis be placed on
maing graduate programs applicable to th
e agricultural industry.
continue to integrate student involvement in the research programs to encourage them to
discover the value of research and begin to develop new ideas and techniques to advance our
understanding of nature and apply that to help imp
rove our lives.
More interaction with actual producers/growers. The University seems to feel that only the
Extension Service should meet/greet the actual farmers.
Continue to focus on the College's commitment to excellence in all areas.
more internships. Connect with the industries you serve and alumni to foster
stronger internship programs. It will turn out better prepared graduates, make contacts for
future employment, and strengthen the relationship with the outside companies.
9. Is there anything else we did not ask about CAES that you
wish to share?
I am very grateful, honored and privileged for my education in Georgia. Go Dawgs! Sic 'em,
woof woof woof!
Keep up the
I do not remember any of my classes being challenging. There were a lot of lectures and that
was it. I wish professors would realize that no one learns a darn thing sitting in that classroom
listening to them ramble on.
As I worked in public
education on the high school level, I often pointed to the availability of
scholarships in the CASE.
UGA is a land
grant institution, continue to remind the UGA elite.
Not that I can think of.
I am so happy that I was in the CAES. I had many f
riends in other colleges, and no one else I
know received the kind of personalized attention and support that I received in my department
and in the CAES college. One thing that really sets the CAES apart from other colleges is the
ability to make the huge
UGA campus feel intimate and personal. All of my professors knew my
name, and I could go to anyones office in the Animal Science department any time of day and
the professors would stop what they were doing to speak to me. I felt that the professors reall
had a genuine concern and desire to see us succeed, which is something really exceptional and
to be commended.
The engineering department seemed to be a poor relation within/to CAES. The students want
and need the college, but I never felt that the col
lege liked or respected "us" at all. Please reach
out to the department.
No. You covered it well.
I think its important that CAES continues to respect its agricultural heritage. In recent years alot
has been geared toward the environmental sciences
aspect, but its important that agriculture
remains the backbone of CAES. Offering 4 year degrees in Tifton and Griffin have provided
many students who may not want the big college experience to receive degrees from CAES
without having to come to Athens.
no, not at this time.
As stated earlier we ran into some real jerks for professors. They were arrogant, sarcastic,
entitled, and did not give a damn about us. Were were just rabble to them. We felt like we were
characters in a Dickensian Novel. Many of us
went on to have good careers and contribute
positivly to this world. Therefore I again ask you to weed out the arrogant, sarcastic, entitled
losers that embed themselves in institutions of higher learning
Just how important it will be for students to
be aware of factors outside the Agriculture industry
that affects us on the inside
our country's politics
Strategic changes are not always embraced by the many parties concerned. It will
leadership to make the changes required to move to a higher level of operation. Involvement in
the strategic planning process will help significantly.
I have no regrets with my UGA training, has served me well and I might add I'm enjoying my
I myself and others have encountered gender biases while trying to help with both volunteer
and job related activities in the college. This has caused problems because I have wished to
donate money even though I have yet to receive anything to a
sking me to donate, my husband
and his family has little wish to donate to a college that perpetuates stereotypes and other
Getting involved in clubs within the college helped ground me even more to CAES. Block and
Bridle was where I spent most o
f my time, and learned a lot especially when I dove into rodeo as
chairman; a roller coaster ride that will be forever valuable and memorable for the rest of my
life. Also extension programs and 4
H are very important for CAES, and I hope these progra
remain for those currently in the industry and also for the future of agriculture.
Many of us in the Ag Industry are extremely proud of the UGA CAES. Please stand strong and
make the decisions that are best for the future of the programs there, ve
n though they may not
be the best politically at times.
I enjoyed my internships greatly and wish more were available for other students.
Receiving the scholarship to come and study in CAES helped me to initially determine to study
the CAES route
instead of a traditional humanities degree. Offereing scholarships to CAES is
probably still a super way to attract some of the best and brightest students to a field that they
might not be familiar with.
I wanted to say how much I love the faculty. T
hey were always so nice, understanding,
personable, and caring. They got to know who you were and what you were doing in life. They
were my family in college. I could not have asked for a better group of college falculty members,
from professors, to front
desk personnel (Robin :
)), to researchers. Thank you all!
The CAES needs to do a better job of marketing. The stupid bulldog cartoons make the CAES
look like a joke. CAES needs a real world marketing campaign showing alumni in the field making
m proud to be an alumna of CAES & I think the college is doing a great job with its resources in
light of federal & national budget cuts in the past decade. Keep up the good work & thanks to
all the CAES employees across the state who work hard every day
on behalf of agriculture.
I thought Professor Gunter's classes were very interesting. The rural development class could
have been much more interesting (to much theory) talk about the business opportunities.
Let's take CAES to the next level! Thank you f
or asking for our feedback.
Keep the topic of cost and access to the school on the agenda.
The college needs to improve their career fair experience and push the Career Center to get
involved in the industry and with students. The career center does a po
or job on recruiting
employers to the career fair which makes students not take the career center serious.
Get agressive in recruiting students (especially non
traditional students) to go into micro
farming or specialized farming and really show $$$
potential. Ag tourism is not being taught.
All we need is to be shown how to make money off our farms whether it is 2 acres or 2,000
10. 10. What year did you graduate from CAES?
1985 (MS) and 1989 (PhD)
B.S. in 1967 and M.S. in 1968.
1984 and 1987
2003 and 2005
1987, and 1994
BS in 1969; MS 1971
December 2011 (semester early)
BSAE 1984, MS 1985
1971 BSA & 1992 Education Specialist
11. 11. Were you an undergraduate student, graduate student,
12. 12. What was your major?
Animal Science (Animal
Production) and Agricultural Communication (Journalism)
MS Food Science and Technology, 2002
PhD Food Science and Technology
Agricultural and Applied Economics (CAES) Economics (Terry)
Environmental Economics and
food science and technology
food science and technology
Agricultural Education and Agricultural Communication
Animal and Dairy Science
B.S. in Agricultural Engineering.
Animal Science/ Agronamy
Ag Economics and Ag Mechanization
Animal Science with an Equine Emphasis
2008 MADS degree; did not finish,
was accepted to
College of Vet Med for 2009.
Agriculture Applied Economics
Agricultural and Applied Econmics. I was the first to graduate with an MAE degree!!!
Communications with a minor in Horticulture
Animal Science, Agribusiness Minor
Biological engineering with a focus in environmental
Animal Science and Biological Sciences
Environmental Health Science
undergraduate, Masters Plant Protection and Pest Management graduate
Landscape and Grounds Management
Crop Science and Entomology
Landscape and Grounds Management
Undergraduate Ag Leadership
Food Science and Dairy Manufactures
Crop & Soil
Science Agricultural Education
Biological and Agricultural Engineering
13. 13. At which campus did you do most of your work?