At the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, we discover, develop, communicate and apply knowledge that helps change lives all over the world. Our innovative academic programs both depend on and inspire the research of our eminent faculty.
We have selected five broad societal problems where we can make the biggest difference. These challenges help focus our research, teaching and service.
We have identified these grand challenges to be: protecting our environment, enriching our youth, improving our health, feeding our world and growing our economy. As we work on these universal problems, we seek out diverse perspectives to find the best ways forward.
We want to truly enrich and transform our students’ lives. To help them succeed in a rapidly changing world, we must take education beyond the classroom. That’s why we work to make sure each of our students at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences experiences some sort of high-impact learning.
High-impact learning is education that combines immersive hands-on experience with academics. These experiences entail working closely with diverse individuals, including faculty and peers. Some examples of high-impact learning practices are study abroad programs, honors programs, fieldwork, and undergraduate research. Such experiences offer students frequent feedback on their performance, allow them to apply what they learn in the classroom, and connect academics to professional development. High-impact learning deepens a student’s commitment to a subject.
Our graduates help fill the need for these qualified professionals. Nine of the 14 departments in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are classified by the National Science Foundation as STEM fields, and we emphasize STEM literacy for all our students. These topics are integrated into majors, programs and research projects within the College. Our undergraduate students succeed in STEM fields. For instance, in 2011, 86 percent of our students who applied were accepted into medical school.
Our Aggie family members are creating positive change nationally and internationally.
Faculty research and teaching helps train leaders in other countries. In turn, our faculty members discover cultivars and techniques that enrich the lives of the people of Texas.
Our students travel abroad to study and work, serving as ambassadors for our state and our nation. Sometimes they become the first Americans that locals meet. They make lasting positive impressions. They also become adept at navigating the increasingly global workforce and are sought after by potential employers.
We view diversity as vital to expanding the impact of our research, teaching and service. We engage students, faculty and staff from varied backgrounds, encourage differing perspectives and foster a welcoming environment. Embracing the diversity of our world expands the impact of our faculty’s research and teaching, prepares our students to excel in the workforce and positions us among the top colleges in the nation.
As a result of our work, we lead our peer institutions in enrollment numbers for Hispanic and black graduate students and for Hispanic undergraduates. In 2011, more women than men earned degrees from the College. We lead our academic peers in hiring Hispanic faculty. We have also seen impressive increases in our numbers of Black and Asian faculty.
We value the support and confidence that the people of Texas have invested in us and have a duty to evaluate, in a transparent way, the results of efforts and programs affecting our students, faculty and staff.
Our work helps rank Texas A&M University among the top value schools in the nation, according to the Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger’s and U.S. News & World Report.
As we strive to advance the impact of our research, teaching and service, we understand success cannot be sustained without a strong culture of evaluation and accountability.