An alumni benchmark analysis of the master of agriculture program in professional agriculture at Iowa State University (1979-2004)
The study assessed students' perceptions about the Master of Agriculture in professional agriculture (ProAg) program that is offered off-campus. It also provides information regarding the number of graduate students who enrolled in this program and are now working in agriculture related occupations. Alumni of the program provided feedback regarding the content of the ProAg program in agriculture. It serves as an analysis tool for assessing the effectiveness of the ProAg program in the College of Agriculture at Iowa State University. The College of Agriculture could use the data and information collected from this study for future program planning as well as to guide decisions regarding the curriculum. It could also serve as a guideline when designing and delivering future distance education Master's Degree programs at Iowa State University.;The purpose of this study was to assess the current ProAg Master's Degree program by providing information about Iowa State University alumni's description of current practices used which could serve in improving the quality of the program. The objectives of the study were: (1) Provide an accurate illustration of the current distance education Master's Degree programs offered from the College of Agriculture at Iowa State University; (2) Enable administrators, and staff members at Iowa State University to readjust and reassess the program to fit and meet new demands in the marketplace; (3) Provide valuable information about services and support given to students; and (4) Help Iowa State University in offering future distance education Master's Degree programs from the College of Agriculture. Results of the study revealed that many graduates who are working currently in agricultural related jobs did benefit enormously from the ProAg program in gaining new knowledge, and analytical and problem solving skills. Graduates were satisfied and praised the flexibility of the program which also assisted many of them in earning a post graduate degree while maintaining and advancing in their jobs. Some participants indicated that the program was not well advertised and they did not have access to financial aid services. Participants were satisfied with interaction and teaching methods with their instructors. In conclusion the ProAg is a successful program.