Student Access Initiative
Helping qualified students find their path to CALS.
Gaining access or acceptance to a 4-year undergraduate degree — especially for young people from rural and farming communities — is harder now than it ever has been. We hear this message loud and clear from our alumni, friends and stakeholders.
Through our Student Access Initiative, we are tackling this challenge head-on. We are growing existing programs and developing paths to meet the needs of different students who are applying to our college.
Helping Students. Helping Agriculture.
The USDA forecasts annual demand for college graduates in the agriculture and food industries at 57,900. American agricultural colleges are only producing 35,400 graduates a year.
Demand for CALS grads is at an all-time high.
In fact, we need to increase the number of graduates in our 4-year degree programs by 1.5 to 2 percent a year and add 90 students to our 2-year degree programs to meet the needs of our state.
So what are we doing to help? We’re adding programs and helping students find their path to CALS.