One of the great advantages of pursuing a graduate degree at North Carolina State University is the opportunity to take courses from eight other national recognized agricultural education programs. North Carolina State is a member of the Ag*Idea consortium, which is collaboration of universities offering courses in agricultural education. So in addition to the offerings of NCSU you may also enroll in selected courses from:
- California State University, Chico
- Clemson University
- Kansas State University
- Montana State University
- Oklahoma State University
- Texas Tech University
- University of Arkansas
- University of Missouri
Ohio State University and Tennessee State University are in the process of joining Ag*Idea.
There are three major advantages of taking Ag*Idea courses.
- The other universities may offer graduate level courses in topics that are not offered at NCSU such as working with special needs learners and Agricultural Communications.
- You get the opportunity to study with faculty who have nationally recognized expertise in a specific topic.
- You have more options which could lead to earlier graduation. It is possible you might need a specific course to graduate but NCSU is not offering the course in the semester in which you need to take it. One of the universities may be offering that course.
The procedure for enrolling in an Ag*Idea course is easy. The course offerings of the other universities are listed as NCSU courses and you sign up as you normally would for a NCSU class. There is a separate fee structure for Ag*Idea courses. For out-of-state students, the cost of an Ag*Idea course is less than a NCSU course but for in-state students, the cost of the Ag*Idea course is more.
However, if you can graduate earlier or take a course in which you have a real need, the additional cost will be worth it. For more information contact Gary Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about Ag*Idea and to see course offerings go to http://www.agidea.org/programs/ag-ed/.