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Doctor of Philosophy


Agricultural Education and Studies

First Advisor

Julia A. Gamon

Second Advisor

W. Wade Miller


The purpose of this study was to assess the impact of the regional centers for research, teaching, and extension on the educational function of the Colegio de Postgraduados. Specifically, the objectives were to: (1) Assess the participation of campus faculty and students in the regional centers, (2) Assess the impact of faculty members' academic activities in regional centers upon their professional competencies and academic performance, (3) Assess the participation of regional center faculty in academic activities on campus, (4) Assess the factors affecting participation of campus faculty in regional centers and regional center faculty on campus, (5) Determine perceptions of faculty members and students on selected principles and concepts of agricultural education, and (6) Assess the educational performance in the Colegio de Postgraduados through students' perceptions;The design used for this study was the descriptive survey method. Data were obtained from campus faculty (70), regional center faculty (40) and students (76) of the Colegio de Postgraduados. Questionnaires were hand-delivered to the subjects to collect data. Also, direct observation, informal interview face to face, review of official records and documents were employed. Reliability analysis, descriptive statistics, t-tests, one-way analysis of variance, and Pearson's correlation were employed to analyze the data;Participation of campus faculty and students in the regional centers was low. Participation of regional center faculty on campus centers was also low. While campus faculty perceived that they did not improve their professional competency very much as a result of their participation in the regional centers, faculty from regional centers felt strongly that they gained practical and methodological experiences and understanding of agricultural, socioeconomic and ecological problems of the regions. Campus faculty felt that their gained experience and knowledge, as a result of their participation in the regional centers, were not especially useful in improving curriculum or other academic aspects. Campus and regional center faculty perceived that the main reasons for their low participation in regional and campus centers, respectively, were lack of communication among faculty members of regional and campus centers, lack of institutional support, and limiting institutional structure and rules. Even though campus and regional center faculty as well as students agreed with most of the selected principles and concepts of agricultural education, no relationships were found among their perceptions of those principles and concepts and their degree of participation in the regional centers. Students perceived that educational principles and desired educational aspects were met in the Colegio de Postgraduados.



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