Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education

Review of Existing Instructional Programs

 

Institution: _____Chadron State College_______                         Program: ___Ag/Rangeland Management

 

I certify the following:

-the information provided regarding this program is accurate

-the above named institution has in place a procedure for reviewing instructional programs and a

copy of the procedure has been provided to the Commission

-such review took place on or about ___________________________________________________

-such review was presented to the institution’s governing board on __________________________

-the governing board’s action was: ___________________________________________________

 

Signed: ___________________________________________                      _________________________

(Chief Academic Officer or designated representative)                                      (Date)        

 

Evidence of Demand and Efficiency

 

 

01-02

02-03

03-04

04-05

05-06

5 yr avg

Student Credit Hours (SCH)

970

1352

1427

1353

1466

1350

Faculty Full-time Equivalency (FTE)

2.49

2.33

2.57

2.6

2.59

2.52

SCH/Faculty FTE

389.56

580.26

555.25

590.38

566.02

536.30

Number of

Degrees and

Awards

 

(list degrees/

awards

separately)

B.S.

9

5

9

12

11

9.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           

Evidence of Need (provide a statement below or attach document)

 

See attached information on following page.

 

 

 

Justification if the program is below CCPE thresholds (provide a statement below or attach documentation)

 

N/A.

 

 

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Ag/Rangeland Management

Evidence of Need

Program Growth

As of January 2003 there were 46 range management majors enrolled at Chadron State College (CSC).  Three years later, as of November 2006, there were 70 majors enrolled, this represents an approximately 34% increase in enrollment in just less than 4 years.  This is especially notable when compared to the overall enrollment trends at the State Colleges.  There are 36 students enrolled in rangeland related minors, with 22 in the new Wildlife Minor.  Collectively there are 106 students identified educationally with the Agriculture/Range Management program. 

 

Support of Other Majors

Students from Environmental Resources, Ag-Business, Pre-Veterinary Medicine, and Criminal Justice majors all take numerous courses from the Ag/Rangeland Management program.  The two professors in the program also advise students in each of these disciplines, with the exception of Criminal Justice, giving them advising loads of 40-50 students each.  The Ag/Rangeland Management program has also began filling the needs of students from Environmental Studies, Nebraska Game and Parks and post-graduate students of the service area for graduate level studies.  Students are pursuing both the traditional M.A. in Education with a Science Emphasis and the new M.S. in Organizational Management degrees with these faculty members.  Three of the graduate students were GA’s in Biology with no research projects that came to our program because of the potential to pursue a thesis-level graduate research project.  The program is also filling the need of regional Game and Parks employees to obtain a Masters  degree to allow them to move up to mid-level management positions.  Currently there are three students conducting research on big horn sheep.  Other graduate research projects are focusing on bison and cattle travel patterns, adaptation of the ArcHABCAP model to the Pine Ridge Region, influence of cattle pour-on grubacides on native dung beetle populations, and use of prescribed grazing and prescribed fire for cheatgrass control (this project is being conducted with UNL). 

 

Workplace Need

In 2004 the Nebraska Workforce Development web site listed annual employment in the area of agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting as being 6,053 for the Panhandle region.  Statewide these figures show a hiring range of between just under 10,000 to just over 16,000 for the three quarters reported.  Therefore, long-term job prospects in Nebraska are listed as fair in this employment area.  However, graduates of the CSC Ag/Rangeland Management are seeing exceptional placements of over 90% in related areas.  Since the 2003 report, CSC has successfully placed students with USDA/NRCS, USDA/USFS, USDA/FSA, USDA/APHIS, and USDI/BLM in Nebraska, Colorado, California, New Mexico, Idaho, and Montana.  Students have also found employment with: Nebraska Natural Resource Districts; Wyoming Conservation Districts; Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service; and Nebraska, Wyoming and South Dakota Banking Institutions.  Many students have returned to private or family ranching operations in Nebraska, Wyoming, South Dakota, Colorado, and Kansas.  Several have gone on to either start their own agricultural support operations or work for established companies such as Farmers Cooperative.  Three are currently in graduate programs in Nebraska and Wyoming and one is in Veterinary School in Colorado.  As is evident CSC Ag/Rangeland Management majors are particularly employable and successful in achieving employment within their field.