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Staff Paper No. 527 - Abstract

The Productivity Effects of Extension Appointments in Land Grant Colleges

Jeremy D. Foltz [jdfoltz@wisc.edu]
Bradford L. Barham [barham@mailplus.wisc.edu]

Staff Paper No. 527, July 2008, 33p.


A key piece in understanding the link between the extension and research missions of Land Grant universities is to understand the role of faculty with (and without) extension appointments within agricultural colleges. This article provides a comparative empirical portrayal of the primary activities of agricultural college faculty, and demonstrates the basic vitality of extension professors within the Land Grant system. Professors with smaller extension appointments are heavily engaged in the major research efforts of their universities at even greater levels of production than professors without extension responsibilities. Professors with heavy levels of extension appointments experience increasing tradeoffs between core extension activities and research outputs and graduate training. Professors with no extension appointments engage substantively in extension activities and frequently have links to core extension clientele.
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