Public expectations are rising, and budgets are falling for many public services, including the Cooperative Extension System (CES). Economists suggest specialization of CES educators is one means of handling this dilemma. This article examines changes in the opportunities perceived by Minnesota educators of moving from a cluster-county form of specialization to a regional/county model. The initial results are encouraging, suggesting statewide specialization generates opportunities for greater teamwork, better needs assessment, and higher program quality. Additional research, which includes other stakeholders and other forms of specialization, could benefit states as they face increasing public expectations and fiscal constraints.
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Ahmed, A., & Morse, G. W. (2010). Opportunities and Threats Created by Extension Field Staff Specialization. The Journal of Extension, 48(1), Article 11. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol48/iss1/11