Agricultural Education Program Listed Among Nation’s Elite

Texas Tech University has one of the nation’s distinguished agricultural education programs, according to a recent survey of professional colleagues within the discipline.

Written by Cory Chandler



Range of programs, outstanding faculty, and the communications program in particular were listed in the study as distinguished features.

Texas Tech's Department of Agricultural Education and Communications ranked ninth, with faculty, range of programs and its communications program listed as its distinguishing features.

Ohio State University professor Robert Birkenholz published the study, titled Characteristics of Distinguished Programs of Agricultural Education, in American Association for Agricultural Education Research Conference Proceedings.

University of Florida claimed the top spot based on weighted responses. Texas A&M University, Ohio State, the University of Missouri, Iowa State University, Oklahoma State University, North Carolina State University, Pennsylvania State University and the University of Arizona completed the list of schools claiming distinguished programs.

"It was unique that we were the only non-land grant institution in the top 10," said Steve Fraze, Department of Agricultural Education and Communications chairman and Garrison Professor of Agricultural Education and Communications.

"It is a great compliment to the faculty in our department for their dedication to teaching and research," he said. "We reached an all-time high of graduate students enrolled this fall, with students coming from 11 states as well as from Canada and Greece. We are receiving inquiries from potential graduate students on a daily basis."

Texas Tech students with an interest in agricultural education major in interdisciplinary agriculture in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communications. Interdisciplinary agriculture has two tracks: teacher certification and agricultural leadership.


The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources is made up of six departments:

  • Agriculture and Applied Economics
  • Agricultural Education and Communications
  • Animal and Food Science
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Plant and Soil Science
  • Natural Resources Management

The college also consists of eleven research centers and institutes, including the Cotton Economics Research Institute, the International Cotton Research Center and the Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute.



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