How we will measure progress:

The major result of this project will be a strengthened Agriculture, Food and Environment undergraduate program with an enhanced and science-based Environmental Science Option curricula and experiential learning activities. The following are a few specific expected measurable outcomes:

  1.  Recruitment of at least 10 new students in the first year and increased enrollment in the environmental option by 5 to 10 percent every year;
  2. Development of six new courses (one dual credit course) and revision of four courses;
  3. Development of strategic partnerships with six new high schools and three new agencies/companies for internships;
  4. participation of 15 high school juniors and seniors in the summer bridge program each year;
  5. Improved retention and graduation rates: undergraduates enrolled in the first year will be retained by 70%  and 80% of these students will graduate in the fourth year;
  6. Development of five model scholars who will conduct peer tutoring and assist in recruitment as “Ambassadors of Environmental Science”;
  7. Allocation of five stipends to the competitive students;
  8. An increase of 5 percent in enrollment in the Master of Environmental Science graduate program, as the new pool of undergraduates enroll in the MES program after completing their undergraduate degrees;
  9. Poster presentations by at least five students in professional meetings annually (in the second and third years of the program);
  10. At least two students will participate in summer internships with state agencies or companies;
  11. Improved academic performance (average GPA of undergraduates is expected to increase by 25 percent) of other students who are not in the stipend and not participating in experiential learning activities.