Department named 'distinguished,' ranked second in nation

The department of agricultural leadership, education and communications at Texas A&M University has been named a "distinguished program" and ranked second in the nation among 82 universities offering similar degrees.

The department is part of Texas A&M's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

According to Robert Birkenholz and Jon Simonsen, authors of a study titled "Characteristics of Distinguished Programs of Agricultural Education," 10 agricultural education programs across the U.S. were "distinguished," and the Texas A&M department was ranked second among those programs. Their study was published in American Association for Agricultural Education Research Conference Proceedings.

The agricultural education program at the University of Florida was ranked first. Completing the top 10 in order were The Ohio State University, the University of Missouri, Iowa State University, Oklahoma State University, North Carolina State University, The Pennsylvania State University, Texas Tech University and the University of Arizona.

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