Researchers at the University of Florida in cooperation with the American Phytopathological Society are seeking to understand the current state of undergraduate education in plant pathology in the U.S., in order to better align educational efforts with current and future workforce needs. The aim of this project is to assess various components of undergraduate introductory courses in plant pathology on a national level, and to compare the course content knowledge and skills with those identified as important by employers in various plant science-related organizations. This work is being supported by the American Phytopathological Society and by a USDA-NIFA Higher Education Challenge grant.
These researchers are attempting to deliver this survey to a broad selection of employers who hire and/or supervise BS-degreed, entry-level employees. With it, they hope to learn what:
- employers expect of students who have completed a general plant pathology course
- knowledge and skills are most valued in various types of employment
- continuing education opportunities might be in demand
If you hire and/or supervise BS-degreed employees with less than 3 years of experience at time of hire, please participate. The survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. All results will be anonymous and confidential.
Please access and complete the survey by August 31, 2016 with this link:
(Please note if you are an educator you also may have also received a separate survey related to course offerings.)
Thank you for helping to make this research stronger!