Below are resources relevant to NAEPSDP members and Extension employees.
The Association of Public Land-Grant Universities (APLU) is North America's oldest higher education association. Governed by a Board of Directors, APLU is a trusted voice for public research and land-grant universities across North America, APLU convenes, collaborates, and advocates with leaders of member institutions and partners to advance the public good. APLU helps public research universities cultivate the talent, discoveries, and engagement that equitably fuel the success of our communities and world. (Source: APLU)
The Cooperative Extension Section, under the APLU Board on Agriculture Assembly, is structured in five regions. Membership on ECOP committees and task forces is distributed across these regions as much as possible to assure balanced representation. The regions are internally organized into associations.
The APLU Cooperative Extension Website provides contact information for each region listed below.
The Cooperative Extension Regions include:
The Joint Council of Extension Professionals (JCEP) is a partnership of professional Extension organizations that focuses on strengthening the efforts of the member organizations and doing what each cannot do effectively alone: building leadership and collaboration, providing professional development and scholarship activities, and advocating for excellence in the Extension profession.
Member organizations include:
Extension Committee on Organization and Policy
The Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) is the representative leadership and governing body of the Extension system. Its home is within the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities.
ECOP's purpose is to give guidance to issues impacting the Cooperative Extension System. ECOP focuses on four core themes: 1) build partnerships and acquire resources; 2) increase strategic marketing and communications; 3) enhance leadership and professional development; 4) strengthen organizational functioning.
The Extension Foundation is a member-based nonprofit established by Extension Directors and Administrators nationwide. Extension Foundation is embedded in the U.S. Cooperative Extension System and serves on Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP). The mission of the Extension Foundation is to help Cooperative Extension generate a more visible, measurable, local impact through nationally funded programs made possible by member dollars and cooperative agreements with federal agencies, and through partnering on state, regional, and national initiatives with Cooperative Extension and the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP).
The Journal of Extension (JOE) creates opportunities for professionals and students to publish intellectual, creative work; nurtures emerging scholars and new authors for success; encourages professional development; and advances the theory and practice of the Cooperative Extension System (Source: Journal of Extension).
The Journal of Human Sciences and Extension (JHSE) is a peer-reviewed, open-access, online journal focused on disseminating knowledge and information to academicians, educators, and practitioners. Topics addressed include human development (e.g., early care and education, youth development); family studies; agricultural education; leadership development; extension; health and wellness; apparel, textiles, and merchandising; nutrition and dietetics; family resource management; and program and staff development, planning, and evaluation. (Source: Journal of Human Sciences & Extension)
Strengthening Extension Advisory Leaders (SEAL) is a cooperative effort of Extension professionals across multiple states to develop curricula for orientation and training of advisory leaders. The effort began with a conference in 2001, focused on Strengthening Extension Advisory Leaders (SEAL), and it continued with both face-to-face conferences and resource development.
The Southern Region Program Leadership Network (SR-PLN) was developed to foster and strengthen Extension education programming throughout the southern region by promoting multi-state cooperation, anticipating emerging program issues and needs, and implementing action processes to address them in a timely manner. Professionals participating in SR-PLN include Extension directors, mid-managers, program leaders in ANR, FCS, 4-H and CRD, and specialists who serve in communication, IT, and program and staff development. SR-PLN hosts an annual conference and committees work throughout the year.