Several things impressed me during the Curriculum 2005 Conference in St. Louis last October. Two events in particular made strong impressions. The first of these was the response from those attending to the question, "Do you feel our curricula in the colleges of agriculture should be more general in scope?" About 95 percent of the hands went up affirming this versus the approximately 5% supporting the specific nature of our current curricula. This show of hands by the curriculum leaders present in St. Louis, was a shock to me as I had no idea they would agree so much on this one point. This reinforces the call made by some of the panel members who spoke to us yesterday, for us to be less "vocational" and more "general" in our curriculum development.
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