UNIT REVIEW FOR CY 2012 Unit Name: Agricultural & Resource Economics Unit Head: Gary Thompson Date of review: March 21, 2013
Cooperative Extension System. List Extension programs:
Cooperative Extension System. Numbers of stakeholders impacted: Social and economic impact of each program: • Agricultural Biotechnology and Pesticide Use (Frisvold) • Biotechnology research discussed and posted on websites of: • American Academy of Microbiology • The Arthur M. Sackler Colloquia, National Academy of the Sciences • USDA Economic Research Services • International Cotton Advisory Committee • United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization • US Environmental Protection Agency • American Farm Bureau Federation • Cotton Incorporated • Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (Aus.) • Monsanto Corporation • US EPA science advisory panel and regulatory decision documents • UC San Diego, Department of Entomology • AgBioView Newsletter on Ag Biotechnology • Cotton Research and Development Corporation (Aus.)
Cooperative Extension System. Numbers of stakeholders impacted: Social and economic impact of each program: • Agricultural Biotechnology and Pesticide Use (Frisvold) • Weed resistance management study findings published on websites: • Coop. Extension, University of Illinois • Coop. Extension, University of Georgia • Bt cotton research: • Used by EPA to evaluate pink bollworm eradication program proposed by Arizona cotton growers => significant reduction in pest damage and insecticide us in Arizona cotton. • Agricultural & Resource Economics & Policy (Frisvold) • Arizona Research Institute for Solar Energy provided background material in support of their testimony before Arizona state legislature. • Buffelgrass control cost used in Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Strategic Plan • Drought impacts on recreation used in publications by National Parks Conservation Association • Request from Tucson Pima County City/County Water & Wastewater Study Oversight Committee
Cooperative Extension System. Numbers of stakeholders impacted: Social and economic impact of each program: • Production Agricultural Management(Teegerstrom) • # Stakeholders: Agricultural Economic, Farm Management Education delivered to 6,957 individuals via oral conference presentations, hands-on workshop trainings & conference booth displays. Of the 6,957 individuals, 5,481 self-identified as agriculture producers. • Selected Impacts • Planning for Profit trainings: 87% of the participants changed record keeping (Navajo Nation, San Carlos, Hopi, etc.) • Ag in Uncertain Times webinars: number of unique visitors 12,645; 944,165 hits; participants from all regions of US. • Horticulture workshops: CA • Beginning Farmer/Rancher: entire state of AZ
Cooperative Extension System. Numbers of stakeholders impacted: Social and economic impact of each program: • Agricultural Marketing and Management (Tronstad) • # Stakeholders: Risk Management Education (RME) delivered to 1,050 producers and govt. agency personnel via oral conference presentations &hands-on computer workshop trainings • Selected Impacts • Farm Management Tools and Risk Management: • > 98% of participants in RME trainings rated worth their time to attend • Information leads to increase in profitibilty: 35%, Excellent; 59%, Good Chance.
Research. Total Research FTE:
Research. Peer-Reviewed Publications in the Past 3 Years (CY2010-12)
Research. Proposal Summary Public Sponsors Private Sponsors USDA, NOAA, Bureau of Reclamation, AZ Dept Ag., UC Davis, Ohio State, Washington State Cotton Incorporated, American Express, EPCOR Water, Nogales Community Development
Research. Total Research FTE: 7.20 Total research expenditures for FY12: $2,166,109
Intellectual property data • Disclosures: 0 • Provisional Patents: 0 • Patents: 0 • Licenses: 0 • Companies spun out: 0
Academic Programs: A. Instruction Total Teaching FTE:
Academic Programs: Instruction Total student credit hours taught by department towards CALS degrees:
Academic Programs: Instruction 6-year graduation rate: Freshman retention rate for each degree List Masters degrees and numbers of graduate students in each degree: List Doctoral degrees and numbers of graduate students in each degree: List Undergraduate majors and option, and give numbers of students in each option: B. Winter/Summer Program List courses offered in summer/winter, enrollment #, completion #, and revenue generated: (If desired, this can be submitted as an embedded excel spreadsheet; please submit the excel sheet with the excel file) C. Outreach College or Alternative Programs List certificate programs, study abroad, executive and continuing education and/or other programs offered through Outreach College and define the goals of the various programs: List courses offered through Outreach College, current enrollments, and anticipated enrollments
Academic Programs: Instruction 6-year graduation rate: Freshman retention rate for each degree
Academic Programs: B. Winter/Summer Program List courses offered in summer/winter, enrollment #, completion #, and revenue generated: AREC496A, Structure of U.S. Agriculture, CA Field Trip AREC339, Economic Statistics
Academic Programs: C. Outreach College or Alternative Programs List certificate programs, study abroad, executive and continuing education and/or other programs offered through Outreach College and define the goals of the various programs: List courses offered through Outreach College, current enrollments, and anticipated enrollments AREC313, Economics of Futures Markets (Dahlgran)
Graphical representations of numbers of undergraduate, masters and graduate degrees conferred per year since 2000:
List the undergraduate or graduate courses that will be taught spring 2013 through spring 2014 (3 semesters and summer/winter), and the name of the instructor for the course. Do not list house numbered courses. Indicate if courses are: online (O), hybrid/blended (HB; partial online) and/or face to face (FTF). Indicate the semester in which they are offered: (Fall (F), Spring (S), Winter (W), Summer I (SI), Summer II (SII), Pre-session (PS), evening (E), weekend (W). (This can be submitted as an embedded Excel spreadsheet if desired; if so, please send the spreadsheet as well.) SEE SPREADSHEET List courses that will not be taught or will be eliminated as a result of insufficient faculty for instruction and the name and rank of the last instructor for the course. SEE SPREADSHEET
Number of undergraduate students in the unit involved in Research experiences : 3 - 6 Extension experiences: 0 Internships: for academic credit: 8
List all additional anticipated changes, deletions or additions in your unit’s academic • programs, majors or courses: • New M.S. Degree (Applied Econometrics) • Accelerated M.S. Program • Describe how these changes support your unit’s strategic plans: • Phase III Document (dog-eared): • Strategic Goal Two--PROVIDE A PREMIER GRADUATE EDUCATION IN AGRICULTURAL AND RESOURCE ECONOMICS AND ACHIEVE A LEADING POSITION IN TRAINING RISK MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONALS • Strategy 5: Offer a new MS degree in Applied Econometrics and Quantitative Risk Management for fullpaying students.
New academic programs, efforts planned with Outreach College, certificate programs or new online courses or degrees, or new courses planned for Winter or Summer Sessions and how these changes support your strategic plans. Aradhyula to offer AREC339 (Economic Statistics) Pre-Session 2012. Estimated Enrollent: 40.
List graduate students seeking degrees in your discipline and indicate if they are: • unsupported (US), supported by TA funds (list source), graduate fellowships (F), • sponsored research projects by individual faculty (SR) and/or program or • training grants (P or T). • SEE SPREADSHEET
List the top 5 employers of your graduates: Agribusiness Economics and Management Private Sector Employment (agribusiness, farming, wholesaling, retailing, finance, real estate, etc.) Self-Employment (start their own businesses) Graduate School (M.S., MBA, Law) Environmental and Water Resource Economics Government and Non-Profit Agencies (local, state, regional, and national) Graduate School (M.S., Law) Private Sector
Describe company, corporation or industry interactions your unit has had this past year including advisory boards, individual faculty/industry research projects, and classroom or curricular participation. American Express: 11 years; $80k + $100k Grad Student Support EPCOR Water: 3 years; 1st 2 Years: in-kind proprietary data; now $17k Grad Student Support CA Field Trip: 4 years; $16k Underwriting
List faculty awards/recognitions: Paul Wilson, University Distinguished Professor; Trent Teegerstrom, Henry & Phyllis Koffler Prize, Public Service/ Outreach Russell Tronstad, University Distinguished Outreach Professor; Past President, Western Ag. Econ. Assoc. Bruce Beattie, Fellow, American Ag. Econ. Assoc. (AAEA), Past President, AAEA Roger Dahlgran, Faculty Fellow Gary Thompson, Distinguished Fulbright Lecturer, Grad. & Professional Ed. Teaching & Mentoring Award
What are your planned responses to the implementation of performance-based funding? Until we have a clear sense of what the rules will be both for generating revenue as well as for being charged for costs, how we respond is not clear. It should be clear from RCM1 that attempting to be the first to respond may ultimately be counter-productive: early adopters in the last round were not rewarded and other more prudent units are now picking up the bill.
Alumni and Development history and plan for CY13: Alumni Fundraising Campaign Primarily former M.S. & selected B.S. alumni: Online giving through UA Foundation For start-up packages & grad student support Maintain/Build Alumni Network Social Media: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter Local Chapters: Washington, DC; Phoenix; Bay Area; Chicago Grad Mentoring: Match alumni with current grad students
Review your unit’s organizational structure, including your unit’s business • office structure: 1.0 FTE, Business Manager (90%)/ Graduate Coordinator (10%) 1.0 FTE, Technical Editor / Design / Webmaster 0.5 FTE, Undergraduate Program Coordinator
Unit or college or university or other issues, concerns, and trends that you consider important over the next 5 years: • Filling faculty lines opening as a result of retirements • Securing support for teaching assistants (vis-à-vis research assistants) • Maintain quality of teaching, research, and extension activities • Finding innovative ways to generate revenue for start-up packages, grad student support, and department operations • Provide adequate incentives to faculty to generate revenue while maintaining quality and preserving morale.