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College of Agriculture

Mission

The mission of the College of Agriculture is to develop human capital at the undergraduate and graduate levels to support agriculture, agriculturally related industries, natural resources management, education and research. In doing so, the College of Agriculture educates people for productive lives that contribute to agriculture, society and to the economic competitiveness of Kansas.

Core Values

The College of Agriculture is guided by the following core organizational values:
INTEGRITY to develop and deliver credible information, 
COMMUNICATION to provide common understanding, 
SCHOLARSHIP to foster lifelong learning, 
LEADERSHIP to serve as an agent of change, and 
INCLUSION to foster active participation by all.

Integrity includes honesty, trust, credibility, responsibility, stewardship, and accountability.
The College strives to maintain high standards of ethical behavior at all times; provide objective, accurate research as a base for new and expanding knowledge; follow through on promises and commitments; demonstrate our belief in what we say with actions that are consistent with our message; and deliver exemplary instruction and advising for undergraduate and graduate students.

Communication, cooperation, and unity which includes listening as well as speaking and writing, sharing information, and working together.
The College strives to promote interdisciplinary approaches in teaching and problem solving, foster a spirit of teamwork, and share credit for achievements; recognize, value and reward equitably all program areas, departments, subject matter competencies, audiences, and systems, and their contribution to our organization and the public, and share the credit for achievements; share information openly, honestly and widely across a broad spectrum, unless confidentiality is required; recognize the ideas of others and consider and respond respectfully to those expressing different perspectives on relevant issues; participate as co-learners and co-teachers as part of an engaged university; and communicate from the heart as well as the head.

Scholarship involves lifelong learning which includes excellence in teaching and the discovery, application, integration, and synthesis of knowledge and its dissemination and use.
The College strives to be a learning organization with a commitment to professionalism, professional development, and promotion of the relevance of our work to those outside the organization; provide research-based and best practice information for informed decision-making and use best teaching methods to deliver current and relevant information to learning environments; address complex issues using holistic, interdisciplinary, interactive methods; provide learning opportunities through the full span of life and across the range of human needs, using diverse and relevant delivery methods; cultivate and reward scholarship in teaching, research, integration and engagement; and keep in mind that education is not a solitary act but an interactive process, and the best learning environments are filled with the synergy of people with diverse perspectives working together for the benefit of all.

Leadership involves collaboration, and service which includes vision, teamwork, customer-focused service, innovation, effective education, shared goals and resources. 
The College strives to focus on emerging and current organizational and clientele needs; strengthen citizen involvement in addressing complex issues and form collaborations and partnerships with other groups who share our goals; act upon the opportunities and fulfill responsibilities of leadership, followership, and teamwork; contribute to the broader community, state, nation and world; serve our students, clients, and other stakeholders with energy, enthusiasm, respect and flexibility; and provide students and professionals with opportunities and support for leadership experience and service outside the organization.

Inclusion involves diversity, which includes incorporating respect and appreciation for clientele, co-workers, and stakeholders in decision-making and in developing and promoting culturally responsible and responsive research, educational materials, and programs.
The College strives to maintain a diverse organization that respects the diversity of ideals, values, beliefs, and needs of the individuals with whom we work; honor and build upon differences in intellectual perspectives in addressing complex issues in research and education; adopt and implement hiring practices and other system policies that promote fair and full participation by employees and clientele, and increase diversity of persons within the College; promote the acquisition of knowledge and cross-cultural competencies by employees and clientele, faculty, staff and volunteers; foster understanding and respect for cultural and ethnic heritages, as well as differences resulting from age, experience, interests, or socio-economic situations; and increase the diversity among students, faculty and professional staff.