Celebrating 20 years of success - Masters of Science in Agronomy distance program

September 28, 2018

The Master of Science in Agronomy distance education program kicked off its 20th anniversary by tailgating at the ISU vs Akron football game on Saturday, September 22. Faculty, staff, current students and alumni were invited to celebrate 20 years of success. Including the hard work and dedication of two specific faculty members.

Dr. Ken Moore
Arden Campbell award for dedicated service to the program as director for several years.

Allan Ciha
Student Impact award for his dedication to the students through advising and serving as major professor.

The program evolved as an outcome of a 1995 survey of ISU alumni from the College of Agriculture. The majority of survey respondents indicated a need for a flexible, integrated, advanced degree program in agronomy for professional and personal advancement.

In early 1998, fifteen hand-picked students were admitted to the program and started coursework Fall semester. The students pilot tested MS Agronomy courses and critically evaluated them prior to opening enrollment for the general public. The feedback provided by these students was critical to the quality of the program. Significant changes were incorporated from their input and shaped the program students know today.

Courses were developed sequentially so the pilot group of students maintained program progression. The first courses were offered in Fall 1998. The capstone courses in the program were taught for the first time in Spring 2001. That same spring saw the program’s first graduating students.

Since then the program has grown and expanded. The average number of active students is 215, with at least 170 students taking courses any given semester. Student evaluations have resulted in multiple redesigns of the courseware. The efforts of faculty, staff, and administrators have been recognized with several awards.

In this 20th year the program will celebrate it's 200th graduate!

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