In an effort to conserve resources, California State University, Fresno and five other major universities with agriculture and natural resource programs in the state have begun meeting to discuss areas for collaboration.

“The opportunity for deans and department chairs to meet with their counterparts from other California universities allows all of us to work together and maximize our limited resources,” said Charles Boyer, dean of the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at Fresno State.

The group recently met at the University of California, Davis to discuss strategies for collaboration and interactions on course offerings, distance education, research, grants and the water crisis.

“The deans are working on a seed grant program to allow faculty from two or more campuses to develop distance-delivered classes, develop research teams to work together on key issues and attract agency funding or develop bridge programs for students to enter graduate school,” said Boyer.

Participating universities are Fresno State; California Polytechnic State University, Pomona; California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; California State University, Chico; University of California, Davis; and University of California, Riverside.

Fresno State plans to host the group’s next meeting.

For more information contact the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at 559.278.2061.