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CAES Strategic Plan 2020

Foundational Strengths

The following strengths of CAES were widely identified to be of high value and foundational to the core mission of the College. It is most important that these strengths be maintained.


  • Culture of support for students in and out of the classroom – excellence in teaching, advising, placement, and out-of-the classroom opportunities for students


  • Support for production agriculture through strong applied and commodity-based research
  • Pockets of excellent nationally-recognized basic research programs


  • A strong and nationally recognized 4-H youth development program that has demonstrated impact in building the life skills of youth
  • UGA Extension has a local presence in 157 counties. This network facilitates the public's access to CAES programs and also provides a means for development and delivery of educational programming with grassroots needs assessment and local input and collaboration.


  • Tradition and history of staunch legislative support from rural areas and agriculturally related industries and close relationships with agriculturally minded legislators
  • College administration that values the integration of research, teaching, and Extension, and maintains a culture of respect and teamwork
  • Strong record of generating gifts, grants and private funds
  • Excellent record of generated income from intellectual property
  • Loyal and involved alumni and industry representatives that advocate for CAES
  • High levels of interaction with decision makers and users of CAES programs