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Assessing New-Graduate Applicants: Academic Perceptions And Agribusiness Realities


  • Wachenheim, Cheryl J.
  • Lesch, William C.


This study empirically compares the level of importance assigned to the knowledge, skills, and experiences of applicants for entry-level positions by members of the agribusiness community and how these criteria were perceived by chairpersons of departments of agricultural economics. Chairpersons had a good understanding of criteria important to employers in evaluating applicants and how they prioritize these criteria. Communication and interpersonal skills were ranked as the most important criteria by both groups. Industry members assigned lower levels of importance for formal international training, an attribution largely shared by academic counterparts.

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  • Wachenheim, Cheryl J. & Lesch, William C., 2002. "Assessing New-Graduate Applicants: Academic Perceptions And Agribusiness Realities," Journal of Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics Association of Georgia, vol. 20(2).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:jloagb:14724

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    1. Kerry K. Litzenberg & Vernon E. Schneider, 1988. "Educational priorities for tomorrow's agribusiness leaders," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 4(2), pages 187-195.
    2. Ethridge, Don E. & Hudson, Darren, 1996. "Can We Predict Student Success in Agricultural Economics Graduate Programs?," Journal of Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics Association of Georgia, vol. 14(2).
    3. Kennedy, P. Lynn & Harrison, R. Wes, 1996. "International Internships in Agribusiness Curricula: A Proposal for Implementation," Journal of Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics Association of Georgia, vol. 14(2).
    4. Larson, Ronald B., 1996. "Agricultural Business Management Curricula," Journal of Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics Association of Georgia, vol. 14(2).
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    1. Miller, Stephen & Fredendall, Lawrence & Ferreira, Wilder & Nilson, Linda, 2006. "Identifying Competencies Possessed and the Skills Needed of Entry-Level College Graduate Agribusiness Employees," Research Reports 187459, Clemson University, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics.


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