In fall 2014, the Agricultural Research and Extension Centers and College Farm of the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station took part in a comprehensive external review. The review team took a tour of four of the 11 off-campus centers and had many interactions with faculty, staff and administration located on the Blacksburg campus.
In its final report, the review team noted the strong cooperation among units and between research and Extension, and also the commitment to meeting stakeholder needs. The consensus of the review team was that the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, and specifically the AREC system, is high functioning and organized to capitalize on its strengths in the future and that the stake holders and citizens of Virginia are well served by Virginia Tech’s Agricultural Research and Extension Centers and College Farm. The group did comment that facilities and equipment on the Virginia ARECs, while well-maintained, have some age and are in need of investment and that the ability of the ARECs to respond to emerging issues and meet future needs will depend upon the continued upkeep of both facilities and equipment.