Event Title

Preliminary Assessment of Global Competency Curriculum Content in SAF Accredited Forestry Programs

Location

Research Meeting Room

Event Website

http://uenr.warnercnr.colostate.edu/

Start Date

23-3-2012 1:00 PM

End Date

23-3-2012 1:30 PM

Description

The National Research Council recommended in 2009 that U.S. academic institutions teaching agriculture, including forestry, broaden their undergraduate experiences for students to include greater exposure to global perspectives in existing courses. A key question today is “How are we responding to this challenge?” To help answer that question, the Global Learning Committee at School of Forestry at Northern Arizona University conducted a survey to assess the expected student learning outcomes related to global engagement in SAF accredited undergraduate programs. Through content analysis of websites, we found that 70% of SAF accredited undergraduate programs (32 out of 46) have listed some aspect of global competency in its program mission statement (35%) or program description. We conducted an online survey to assess which global student learning outcomes were addressed in the curriculum of those 32 programs (Response rate: 56.3%). Global competency is recognized as one of the important aspects of forestry education in most of the schools responded (83%) and forestry graduates are expected to at least being exposed to most of student learning outcomes by the time of their degree completion (72%). Still, there may be a gap between the rhetoric found in the promotional materials of forestry schools and what is being offered for all forestry graduates in terms of global education.

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Citation: Barborak, JR et al. 2012. Preliminary Assessment of Global Competency Curriculum Content in SAF Accredited Forestry Programs. UENR 9th Biennial Conference. http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/cuenr/9thBiennial/Sessions/18/

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Preliminary Assessment of Global Competency Curriculum Content in SAF Accredited Forestry Programs

Research Meeting Room

The National Research Council recommended in 2009 that U.S. academic institutions teaching agriculture, including forestry, broaden their undergraduate experiences for students to include greater exposure to global perspectives in existing courses. A key question today is “How are we responding to this challenge?” To help answer that question, the Global Learning Committee at School of Forestry at Northern Arizona University conducted a survey to assess the expected student learning outcomes related to global engagement in SAF accredited undergraduate programs. Through content analysis of websites, we found that 70% of SAF accredited undergraduate programs (32 out of 46) have listed some aspect of global competency in its program mission statement (35%) or program description. We conducted an online survey to assess which global student learning outcomes were addressed in the curriculum of those 32 programs (Response rate: 56.3%). Global competency is recognized as one of the important aspects of forestry education in most of the schools responded (83%) and forestry graduates are expected to at least being exposed to most of student learning outcomes by the time of their degree completion (72%). Still, there may be a gap between the rhetoric found in the promotional materials of forestry schools and what is being offered for all forestry graduates in terms of global education.

http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/cuenr/9thBiennial/Sessions/18