Defense Date

1-30-2009

Graduation Date

2009

Availability

Immediate Access

Submission Type

dissertation

Degree Name

EdD

Department

Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program for Education Leaders (IDPEL)

School

School of Education

Committee Chair

Peter Miller

Committee Member

Emma Mosley

Committee Member

Craig Weidemann

Keywords

Urban, Cooperative Extension, Administration, land grant, College of Agriculture

Abstract

The national Cooperative Extension and Land Grant University Systems have been struggling with their future direction due to the question of relevance related to urban and metropolitan citizens for a great number of years. This system is quite traditional in that it follows the customary rural, production agriculture focus with an overwhelming percentage of its resources aimed at those efforts. At the State University, like most other traditional land grant institutions, there has been an inner systemic struggle regarding programming to urban areas. This institution was able to establish a metro initiative in one of the state's major cities. Its outcome can have significant impact on organizational policy, funding, program focus, stakeholder support, public support, and leadership development relative to urban Extension. This dissertation is a qualitative research inquiry using case study methodology to explore these issues using representative bureaucracy theory as the lens from which to assess the nature of the system and how it was able to proceed with the project.

Format

PDF

Language

English

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