Most U.S. land grant colleges and universities have augmented their traditional mission to include international development activities. However, as yet, their organizational mechanisms and formal policies are frail and inadequate, when compared with the challenges of this new commitment. Several recent studies have called attention to disincentives which are operating to inhibit effective involvement in international programs (Kiehl, 1980; Management Analysis Center, 1982: Van Buren, 1984). Chief among these are inadequate resource incentives for institutional and departmental participation, plus a perception among faculty that an overseas assignment will have a detrimental impact on promotion and tenure.
international agricutlture, environmental programs