Program Mission, Goals, Objectives & Student Success Information
The mission of the Forestry Resources Management program is to further the understanding, stewardship, and sustainable use of our forests, urban forests, and renewable natural resources by educating students to become knowledgeable professionals and citizens, advancing and communicating research knowledge, and providing technical information and professional service to society.
FRM Program Goals and Objectives:
- Increase cross-program research collaborations;
- Develop new FRM professional identify that includes forest & ecosystem sciences;
- Strategically develop new, and re-align existing, graduate courses to increase program’s contribution to campus-wide ecosystem sciences efforts;
- Inventory and re-align exiting undergraduate courses to optimize faculty’s teaching responsibilities.
FRM Student Success:
The retention rate of FRM freshman and sophomore students continues to be very good in recent years with the most recent data showing a retention rate of 78.6%, which is about similar to the university average but higher than the average national retention rate of 73.6%. Over the last 5 years, the average number of students graduating from the FRM program was 24 per year. Over the same review period, the program has maintained an average 57.2% continuance rate, and an average of 4.4 years to degree completion.
The most recent (2019) alumni survey of FRM graduates indicated that just over 85% of respondents found employment in fields of forestry or natural resources, for those respondents who specified a field. In regard to where graduates were employed, 31% reported employment with private forestry companies, 27% were with government forestry agencies, 17% employed as arborists or urban foresters, 10% were in higher education and 15% were “other” employment. In terms of annual salary of FRM graduates, the recent alumni survey showed that 60% reported earning $20,000-<$50,000; 20% reported earning >$50,000; and 15% did not report their salary.