The Penn State Experiential Assessment Model was developed to assess the background and agricultural experiences of students entering the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education. The model employs two techniques for assessing student knowledge: self assessment and the faculty interview. Students deficient in technical agriculture and leadership skills are remediated through a variety of approaches that include but are not limited to credit courses, student organizations and advising. Preliminary indications are that the task of monitoring and making recommendations for additional skill development are working. Students are becoming more confident in their ability to perform and are entering the classroom with greater credibility and self esteem.
experiential learning, self assessment, faculty interview