March 1984 // Volume 22 // Number 2

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On the Cutting Edge

As publicly supported programs go, Extension is an old timer. Why has it survived? Probably in no small measure because it hasn't rested on its laurels. It has studied itself and has been evaluated by others. Four major efforts resulted in statements of mission, scope, priorities, and policies-the latest of which is Extension in the 80's: A Perspective for the Future of the Cooperative Extension Service.

If experiences are an indication, not all suggestions in this report will be adopted, but previous studies and reports provided positive directions. Yes, one of the major factors behind Extension's long and successful history has been its emphasis on keeping up to date and making changes. Some changes have been made by the organization and some by the individual staff members. Programs and priorities have changed as needs of people have changed. Audiences have been added and new delivery systems have become commonplace. Organizational structures and staffing patterns have changed to accommodate changing programs and delivery strategies.

The Journal of Extension was established to help the Extension organization and individual staff members keep on the cutting edge of new ideas and developments. That's what we try to do. Our commitment is to the continuing effectiveness of this long-time program of informal education by providing a resource for organizational and professional development.

Roger L. Lawrence