James D. MacDonaldExecutive Associate Dean College of Agricultural and Environmental SciencesUniversity of California1 Shields Ave Davis, CA firstname.lastname@example.org
In this final installment of a three-part presentation, I describe what we learned about how employers view the preparation of program graduates, what they anticipate as important skills for the future, and then summarize what students, graduate programs and employers see as possible roles for APS in this arena. In the first part, I described the issues that our committee was asked to examine and provided data on graduate student demographics, what attracts students to plant pathology, and how well graduate programs feel they are doing in student recruitment. In the second installment, I described what our committee learned regarding student career aspirations and graduate program curricula.
These findings were originally presented to the APS leadership at the Annual Meeting in San Diego in July, 2007. They also will play an important role in framing the discussion at a national workshop on education in plant pathology being planned for late 2008 or early 2009.
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