This week the voting members of the 75 institutional members of the Cooperative Extension Section will receive a ballot to determine the future of the ‘New’ eXtension. The deadline for voting is November 17, 2014.
The Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) through the eXtension Governing Committee, (Dennis Calvin, chair, Pennsylvania State University) engaged an eXtension Strategic Planning Committee in 2014. Chaired by Keith Smith, Ohio State University, and assisted by the Cascade Center for Community Governance, the committee was composed of representatives from all five Extension regions and representatives from USDA NIFA and was charged to present a plan for increasing eXtension’s value to Land-grant institutions and partners.
The final report was accepted at the October 15, 2014 ECOP meeting in Lexington, KY. ECOP unanimously voted to engage the Cooperative Extension Section to
1) Discontinue the current eXtension assessment for 2015; and
2) Move to a new membership, fee-driven model effective January 1, 2015. A “yes” vote on item 2 does not obligate the voting institution to membership.
An October 29 webinar presented by Keith Smith, Dennis Calvin and eXtension Director Elbert Dickey outlined a new vision for eXtension, making Cooperative Extension state and local electronic innovation and professional development the primary priorities. View the Webinar recording here.
The new funding model proposes a change from assessments to a fee-based approach. The webinar defines what you will get for each membership level, what each level will cost, and the process for electing new directors. (Adapted from the CES Monday Minute).