Program integration

University of Missouri Extension improves lives and communities through programs delivered by extension specialists. Programming is a cornerstone of how MU Extension fulfills its land-grant mission. Extension units must collaborate with one another and with external organizations to succeed. As mandated by the Strategic Plan, program integration offers a framework to ensure programs are effective, efficient and helpful.

Program integration is a structured approach to interdisciplinary work using five theme areas and teams:

  • Educational attainment
  • Environmental concerns
  • Community, economic, business and workforce development
  • Global food systems
  • Health systems

MU Extension's strategic plan calls for

  • Working in concert with partners within MU Extension, on the MU campus, in Mizzou Advantage and the National Institute for Food and Agriculture.
  • Program development guided by the Missouri Banner Outcomes and conducted in phases designed to ensure programs are as effective and efficient as possible.
  • Program evaluation conducted at the conclusion of a program to determine what value the program created and how it might be improved in future iterations. This phase applies the Missouri Banner Outcomes to measure a program’s effectiveness.

Program integration is rooted in the University of Missouri’s strategic plan, which describes the vision and mission of MU Extension.

Vision
University of Missouri Extension is a valued and trusted educational solution to improve the quality of life in Missouri, the nation and the world.

Mission
Our distinct land-grant mission is to improve lives, communities and economies by producing relevant, reliable and responsive educational strategies that enhance access to the resources and research of the University of Missouri.