2013-14 Unit Plan
Agriculture Business

Mission Statement


Mission Statement:
•	Provide students with career skills in agriculture business management. Emphasis is placed on the development of skills in accounting, marketing, economics, business management, and human relations.

•	Provide required support courses for students majoring in Environmental Horticulture, Heavy Equipment Operation, Agriculture Science, Welding, Natural Resources, and Sustainable Studies.

•	Provide CSU and UC articulated transfer courses in the field of agriculture. 


Program Description

Program Description:
The following six Agriculture Business (AB) courses are offered each year and are required for the Agriculture Business Associates Degree.
AB 20 Orientation to Agriculture and Natural Resources (f)
AB 22 Agricultural Economics (f)
AB 25 Computer Applications in Agriculture (f)
AB 50 Agricultural Accounting (f)
AB 26 Introduction to Agriculture Business (s)
AB 54 Elements of Supervision (s)
	F= fall semesters
	S=spring semesters

Required Support Courses of the Agriculture Business Associates Degree:
AGS 22 Applied Physical Science or Chem 51 Inorganic Chemistry
AGR 10 World Food and Hunger Issues
AET 30 Tractors and Crawlers
AGS 50 Soils
AGR 99 Work Experience
PLS 20 Plant Science or ANS 20 Animal Science or EH 33 Environmental Plants Science

The students enrolled in the Agriculture Business classes do so for several purposes; 
1)	They are agriculture business majors, 2) it is required for a major other than agriculture business, 3) skill enhancement.

All agriculture business courses are offered on the main campus. We have tried offerings at the Glenn Center but enrollment was low and the classes had to be canceled. Classes at the Glenn Center may be a viable option given higher levels of promotion. Nearly all agriculture business students enroll in general education classes in addition to their major course work.

AB classes have shifted to block scheduling. Block scheduling makes enrollment in the AB program more practical for working students. Nearly all of our students work as least part-time. In addition, most general education courses are also block scheduled, so this change has made it easier for students to construct an efficient schedule. 

A general education course was added by Bruce Hicks: AGR 10 World Food and Hunger Issues. The target audience is all CSU & UC transferring students. It has become very popular with students from across campus and has been included as a required class for the Sustainable Studies certificate.

Enrollment has been steady at between 32-35 students in all AB sections. Wait lists fill early and many instances there is not enough room for all students wishing to enroll. Retention is above 90%. Over half the students come from outside the region covered by the twelve nearest high schools with vocational agriculture programs. Most (over 90%) agriculture business majors at Butte College express the intent to transfer to a four year institution. Chico State and Cal Poly are the most popular destinations. The average age is 20 years. Most students work as least part-time during the school year.

Future Development Strategy

Strategy 1



Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration

  • Supporting Rationale
    Practical means of communicating with broad geographic audience.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Maintaining the appropriate program and service mix between the main campus and outlying centers
  • Strategy 2



    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning

  • Supporting Rationale
    Such a course would facilitate practical understanding of crop nutrition.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 3



    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture
  • Modelling sustainability

  • Supporting Rationale
    Lower division classes should be available to Butte College students. Brings important job skills.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Required Resources

    Resources Required:

    Equipment

    pH and Salinity meters need to be replaced (for AGS 50 Soils). Need two each at a cost of $80-. Total cost $320 or less or $180 or less if only one each is purchased.

     

    Scales (weight) for the soils lab. Need seven at cost of approximately $200- each. Total cost $1,400- We can postpone this purchase if necessary but we will need to replace our well used scales in time.

     

    Nitrate test kits for soil lab. Approximate cost $175-

     

    Facilities

    Access: Access to the laboratory classroom (Life Science 105) is tight. Due to the expansion of the nursing and biology programs the demand for this class room has increased significantly. It has been scheduled so tightly that there is insufficient time between the end of biology labs and the beginning of soils labs to set up the soils labs. Consequently, at times, soils labs are starting ten minutes late.

     

    Accesses to lecture classrooms in the newer buildings have been blocked by the communications studies and foreign language departments (new course offerings?)

    Current Revenue Stream

    Augmentation Requests

    Original Priority Funded Program, Unit, Area Resource Type Description Account Number Object Code One-Time Augment Ongoing Augment Supporting Rationale
    1 Yes Agriculture Equipment Equipment for Soils lab $650.00 $200.00 Equipment pH and Salinity meters need to be replaced (for AGS 50 Soils). Need two each at a cost of $80-. Total cost $320 or less or $180 or less if only one each is purchased. Scales (weight) for the soils lab. Need seven at cost of approximately $200- each. Total cost $1,400- We can postpone this purchase if necessary but we will need to replace our well used scales in time. Nitrate test kits for soil lab. Approximate cost $175-
    Total(s) $650.00 $200.00