Mission-Oriented Research in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
What does the term "mission-oriented research" imply to Iowa State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences?
The land-grant university mission is defined in terms of teaching, research and extension. In essence, the land-grant mission has been to provide educational opportunities for the sons and daughters of working-class people and to provide knowledge to benefit individuals, communities and states.
The knowledge provision of the mission was originally accomplished by responding to society's needs through research and extension in agriculture, mining and engineering.
The land-grant universities have worked throughout history to expand that mission and cover the full spectrum of knowledge. According to a report by the Board on Agriculture of the National Academy of Sciences, changes in agriculture's social and scientific context require a new vision for agricultural research.
Even though the nature of the mission has changed over history, research within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences remains mission-oriented. Three implicit assumptions are reflected in how the College approaches misison-oriented research:
Several elements are critical to the College's success in implementing mission-oriented research to achieve strategic goals:
The College has played a significant role in Iowa's economy and society, and will continue to be a vital and relevant force for positive change through the application of science to the practical problems facing Iowa.April 2009. The preceding was adapted from a paper on mission-oriented research written by Catherine Woteki, dean of the College, in 2003.