Urban Extension: A Professional Development Offering

P RO F E S S I ON A L D E V E L O PM E N T I N UR B AN E X T E N S I ON

For Extension to work effectively in urban and metropolitan communities, the system needs to develop the professional skills of staff at all levels to work in a highly complex and integrated nature.

— National Framework, 2015

In 1864, Abraham Lincoln called the USDA “The Peoples’ Department.” Over 150 years later, Extension is still working hard to meet the needs of the people. With over 100 Land Grant Universities, Extension relies on the knowledge, attitudes, skills, and abilities of every staff and faculty member to advance the mission of Extension — taking the knowledge gained through research and education and bringing it directly to the people to create positive changes (NIFA, n.d).

Program Excellence - Texas A and M AgriLife Model. Programs should be designed to include 4 phases: Plan, Design, Implement, and Measure

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