The Graduate Extension Scholars program represents a novel approach that brings together graduate students, 4-H agents, and secondary agriculture teachers in an educational resource development project. We conducted process evaluation research based on program goals for the pilot implementation year using participant interviews and program artifacts. Program participants reported an overall positive experience and identified new programming and partnerships that would not have been possible without involvement in the program. Goals were enacted to varying degrees, with challenges occurring related to collaborative planning, educational module development, and building of partnerships between Extension and school-based educators. Recommendations for Extension program development are identified.
Scherer, H. H., Wilk, A., Wiley, S., & Spindler, M. (2018). The Graduate Extension Scholars Program: Professional Development to Connect Research and Education. The Journal of Extension, 56(6), Article 16. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol56/iss6/16