A Quick Look at 2013...
It’s an annual tradition that I report on the interesting organizational facts that I discover while surfing SOARS, Extension’s electronic Stories, Outcomes, and Accomplishments Reporting System. Love it or hate it, you have to admit that SOARS is a treasure chest of good news about OSU Extension’s work across the state. SOARS is the primary source for all federal and state reports, briefings and presentations; the annual academic report to the Provost; budget support materials at all levels; press releases and media alerts; marketing and social media efforts; and many more communications efforts. Thanks to each of you who contributed to our good news bounty through entering your 2013 information and impact statements to SOARS.
As promised, here are a few interesting facts I discovered while surfing SOARS:
In 2013, OSU Extension had 183.5 FTE paid on federal and state dollars. This represents 35.5 fewer FTE than when the recession began in 2008 but 9 more than 2012. The number of recruitments for us is on the increase. As we enter the second year of the biennium, we are hopeful that this 183.5 FTE of dedicated people will serve as a strong foundation for building a future OSU Extension Service what will thrive in a leaner economy and support Oregonians in ways not yet imagined.
Over 14,000 volunteers (14,248 to be exact) helped Extension deliver educational programs across Oregon... Extension can achieve greater results and build community capacity with the help of volunteers. Even though the number of Extension employees has decreased, the number of volunteers has stayed consistent since 2008. We value the public good that comes from collaborating with volunteers, a contribution of over a million hours of service – the equivalent of about 567 FTE.
2,077,254 Oregonians engaged at some level with Extension, compared to 2,040,878 reported in 2012... These numbers include contacts made in group educational events or via phone, interactive video, mail, e-mail, newsletters, site or office visits. They do not include web hits or mass media. I wouldn’t be surprised if we increased our outreach via the web by a much larger percentage during 2013 as Ask an Expert and the "virtual Extension office" became the new normal.
Extension enhanced community outreach and engaged scholarship through 114 grants, resulting in over $9 million of revenue. The grants varied in size from a few thousand dollars to million-plus figures. Leveraging state dollars is one of the key objectives that our state funders use to measure Extension’s success. These extramural funds are possible because base capacity is provided by state and federal appropriations.
Extension faculty authored 270 scholarly publications or peer-invited presentations. Scholarship is defined as intellectual and creative work validated by peers and communicated... The medium and the review processes varied greatly, but the creative and intellectual work of OSU Extension faculty is being adopted and integrated by peers and publics beyond the university and the state.
Extension faculty and staff received 84 awards recognizing their good work. These included five local, 28 state, 17 regional, 26 national and one international awards from community organizations, professional associations and academic societies, as well as five college honors and two university achievements. It is a continued privilege to work with such a dedicated and high performing group of people.
Associate Provost for University Outreach & Engagement
Associate Director of OSU Extension