eXtension Discussed at National Extension Directors/Administrators Meeting

Cooperative Extension Directors and Administrators had the chance to review and discuss their National eXtension Initiative at the 2011 NEDA meeting held in Phoenix, AZ in mid-March.

Tim Cross, Director of the University of Tennessee Cooperative Extension and Chair of the 2010 eXtension Progress Review Panel, shared the Panel’s report, which described key findings from recent stakeholder evaluations, notable 2010 eXtension accomplishments, and recommendations for improving eXtension moving forward.

Tom Coon (Michigan State University), Steve Meredith (Lincoln University), Chuck Gay (Utah State University) and Nick Place (University of Maryland) each shared how eXtension is adding value to their state/institutional programs.

Dan Cotton identified three priorities to be worked on over the next few years including the development of blockbuster Communities of Practice, enhancing local programs, and partnerships and funding.

Breakout sessions followed giving Directors/Administrators the opportunity to share questions, concerns and/or suggestions for improving the initiative. It was a value-added exercise that yielded important feedback. For more information regarding the NEDA presentations and collected feedback, please visit http://create.extension.org/node/3245.