[Plant-education] Horticulture - accreditation, consultant
(by kkleiner from ycp.edu)
Thu Nov 12 18:49:06 EST 2009
I teach at a small, private liberal arts college in south central PA.
The school maintains a core of liberal arts, but also has several
professional programs (e.g. nursing, business, engineering).
A local benefactor would like to see a Horticultural program be
developed at the school. We would like it to be a B.S. degree and it
would most likely be in ornamental horticulture. I've worked in
Horticulture (botanic garden) and conducted research (Horticulture at a
land grant), but I am not formally trained in the field. My questions are:
1) Since Horticulture is a professional field, are their accrediting
bodies for horticultural programs? What are they?
2) Our college wants to bring in a consultant to essentially tell them
what it will take (mostly in $$) to get a program up in running. Are you
aware of people or programs we can contact for such a person?
I and another faculty member (who conducts plant trials) gave the
administration a rough idea of what it would take, and now they want to
proceed and develop more formal numbers.
I'd appreciate any useful input. Thanks!
Associate Professor of Biology
Department of Biological Sciences
York College of Pennsylvania
York, PA 17405
(717) 815-1754 - Phone
(717) 849-1653 - FAX
kkleiner from ycp.edu
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