Cal Poly Pomona

P&R Responses for recommendation 17

Recommendation 17
Department Agricultural Science Program
Consensus Opinion 1 out of 1 faculty/staff : Pro
Consensus Explanation A synergy can be felt and seen in this program today. The increased opportunity for research and funding is evident by what the program has obtained in just a few short years. The growth in exteranl funding has been matched by a growth in student enrollment. Considering the food industry and our location, this program should be considered essential and a priority for the University.
Minority Opinion NA out of NA faculty/staff : NA
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Recommendation 17
Department Animal & Veterinary Sciences
Consensus Opinion 6 out of 6 faculty/staff : Con
Consensus Explanation The Animal and Veterinary Sciences Department (AVS) unanimously opposes P&R recommendation # 17 suggesting the Food Science and Technology (FST) program be discontinued / merged for the following reasons:

1. If P&R was designed to save money then merging Foods and Nutrition (FN) with FST will have no effect on cost efficiency. The 2 programs share Department Chair, Secretary, Technician, laboratories, office space, and courses. Due to the nature of the professions and careers, required courses differ significantly. FN is designed to meet accreditation by the Commission of Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) and prepares students for careers in the health area. FST is designed to meet IFT and RCA requirements and prepares students for careers in the food industry (product development, quality control, production, R&D) and food safety/inspection/regulation. Discontinuing or merging FST will put accreditation by CADE and approval by IFT and RCA at risk as well as jeopardize support from the food industry.

2. The FST program serves a unique state wide need at a minimal cost. The FST major offers the only BS in this field in Southern CA and is only one of three in California. FST is comparable to other nationwide programs with a fraction of the cost and faculty. FST cost per WTU is second lowest for the College and lower than 13 out of 15 programs in Science. Five programs in Agriculture and Science had higher cost per FTE. FST has the 3rd lowest operating expenditures of the 8 programs in Agriculture and lower than all but 2 programs in Science.

3. The FST program provides the most thoroughly trained graduates for the largest concentration of food companies in California. FST faculty and students have community support and are associated with The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and the local 1,600-member section. FST will host the regional College Bowl competition in 2008 and the Southern California Food Industry Conference for 2007 and 2008.

4. FST courses are mandatory for many programs in the College of Agriculture: 2 for accreditation requirements for Dietetics; 2 for Nutrition Science; and 3 for the newly developed AVS Food Safety emphasis.
Minority Opinion NA out of NA faculty/staff : NA
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Recommendation 17
Department Apparel Merchandising & Management
Consensus Opinion 7 out of 14 faculty/staff : Con
Consensus Explanation The AMM faculty believe that the findings of the P&R committee concerning the Food Science and Technology (FST) are not sound and we oppose them.

The program has grown rapidly since 2002 and has a track record of academic excellence and innovation.

FST services a large and important industry that is under-served by programs in the state. It clearly represents an important academic area where Cal Poly Pomona can differentiate itself from other schools and the program has been instrumental in raising the profile of Cal Poly in this area.

There is no justification for what efficiency improvements will be obtained - since both Foods and Nutrition (FN) and FST already jointly share departmental resources!

FN and FST were established to meet diverse industry/ career path needs. Merging the two programs could seriously undermine their accreditation credentials and downgrade the support they receive from their respective external stakeholders.

AMM faculty want to see the university support an independent FST program.

Minority Opinion 0 out of 14 faculty/staff : Pro
Minority Explanation

Recommendation 17
Department Food Science and Technology
Consensus Opinion NA out of NA faculty/staff : NA
Consensus Explanation I can't understand why would a program so needed would be terminated. I transfered to this major because I found out that there is a great need in the work field of food scientists. If now when the program is still open there is somuch need, how much more of a need will be if the program will be terminated.The food industry is one of the most needed industry in California and to close a program that suppose to supply future employes to it doesn't make sense.
Minority Opinion NA out of NA faculty/staff : NA
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Recommendation 17
Department Human Nutrition and Food Science
Consensus Opinion 13 out of 13 faculty/staff : Con
Consensus Explanation Human Nutrition and Food Science (HNFS) unanimously opposes recommendation 17 to merge/discontinue the Food Science and Technology (FST). The concern that appears to account for the disappointing recommendation is: “The number of majors is not large enough to sustain upper division coursework”. The other concerns are common to many programs recommended for stable and enhanced funding. HNFS will focus on progress taken to address the enrollment, quality and cost concerns noted by P&R.

Enrollment: Prior to 1999 FST was an option under Foods and Nutrition (FN) program and had a stagnant enrollment of 10 students. The FST program was created in 1999 in response to external demand that still exists. Merging back into FN will dilute the highly technical courses needed to train FST students for careers in food R&D, production, quality control, food safety, and inspection/regulation. FN focuses on human healthcare by producing dietitians and pre- medical, dental and pharmacy students.

Today FST is the only BS degree in Southern California and is 1 of 3 statewide. Enrollment doubled annually from 2002 through 2005 and continued to increase (61%) to 55 students as of fall 2007. The program had 2 to 3 faculty members during this period. For perspective, 22 national programs report an average of 60 students with 13 faculty. FST is the youngest program in the nation and is on track with its peers. Is it reasonable to merge or discontinue a young program still rapidly growing?

FST has been very proactive. FST partnered with the Collins School to develop 1 of only 9 Culinology programs in the U.S. Six FST courses are mandatory for FN accreditation and for the AVS Food Safety emphasis. FST offers the only study abroad course in the College. In 2007, Kellogg’s provided $25,000 to recruit minorities; 2 African American and 1 Latino were awarded scholarships.

This year FST courses >300 averaged 20.5 students in Fall 07 and Winter 08 (pre-registration) compared with an average of 11 during 2006. These actions sustained enrollments in upper division courses while also attracting minority students. Is it reasonable to merge or discontinue a well performing young growing program with a diverse student population?

Quality: Student success is increasing as the FST program is maturing. The percentage of students with a GPA below 2.2 dropped from 18 to 2 between 05 and 07. FST uses quarterly mandatory advising and developed a Blackboard advising tool emulated by other programs to address retention. Students from Cal Poly placed third at a national competition against Research 1 Universities in 2006; 38 percent graduated with honors; 30 percent entered MS programs at Chapman, Kansas State, Loyola Marymount, and Cornell. Is it reasonable to merge or discontinue this young Program with increasing student successes?

Cost: The FST cost per WTU is second lowest in the College and lower than 13 of 15 programs in Science. FST has the third lowest operating expenditures of all programs in Agriculture and lower than all but 2 programs in Science. FST is one of the lowest cost technology based programs at Cal Poly and thus cost is not a contributing factor.

Opportunity analysis: FST focused on increasing technology capacity to meet the university goals of excellence in teaching, learning, and scholarly activities that would enhance learning and attract more students. Given the concerns noted by P&R, we do not understand why this approach is not well aligned with the program data.

Minority Opinion NA out of NA faculty/staff : NA
Minority Explanation

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