Peer Panel Charter

Peer Panel Charter Mission of FAEIS The mission of the Food and Agricultural Education Information System (FAEIS) Project is to…

Peer Panel Charter

Mission of FAEIS

The mission of the Food and Agricultural Education Information System (FAEIS) Project is to gather and compile a broad range of higher education information related to the food and agricultural sciences (Agriculture, Forestry, Renewable Natural Resources, Human Sciences/Family and Consumer Sciences, Veterinary Medicine/Veterinary Science, and closely allied fields). FAEIS provides empirical information for use in planning, benchmarking, and coordinating efforts, directed towards supporting higher education in the food, agricultural and natural resource sciences. As a comprehensive system, FAEIS offers an accessible resource for faculty, higher education administrators, government officials, industry professionals, and the general public to strengthen higher education programs in the food, agricultural and natural resource sciences.

Purpose of FAEIS Peer Panel

The quality and timeliness of the FAEIS data are critical to planning for the Nation’s needed expertise in the food and agricultural sciences. It is essential that users be represented in determining future directions and goals so that FAEIS can continue to be relevant and useful. The FAEIS Peer Panel meets these needs.

The primary role of the FAEIS Peer Panel is to:

  1. Represent the respective clientele groups in providing policy advice and counsel to FAEIS in its future role and scope.
  2. Provide technical guidance to FAEIS from participating institutions and other users on data collection, classification, formatting and access issues.
  3. Serve as an advocate of FAEIS through communication with present and
    potential user groups across both the public and private sector.


The FAEIS Peer Panel includes one appointed representative from each of the sponsoring organizations that have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with FAEIS, currently including:

1890 Land-Grant Institutions Directors of Academic Programs

1994 Land-Grant Institutions – Academic Programs

Academic Programs Section (APS), APLU

Administrative Heads of Agriculture Section (AHS), APLU

American Association of State Colleges of Agriculture and Renewable Resources (AASCARR)

Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC)

Board on Human Sciences (BOHS)

Council of Administrators of Family and Consumer Sciences (CAFCS)

First Americans Land-grant College Organization & Network (FALCON)

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

National Association of University Forest Resources Programs (NAUFRP)

Society of American Foresters (SAF)


Ex-officio Members:

Director, NIFA, Higher Education Programs, USDA
FAEIS Project Officer, USDA
Data Manager, NIFA, Information Systems and Technology Management, USDA
Director, FAEIS, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


Membership Terms

Individuals representing sponsoring organizations shall typically be appointed for three-year renewable terms. The co-chairs of the FAEIS Peer Panel consist of the Director, Higher Education Programs and a member elected from the FAEIS Peer Panel. The travel expenses, including per diem, for attending the annual FAEIS meeting, will be reimbursed by FAEIS, however, individual representatives will not be paid honoraria.

Adopted by the FAEIS Peer Panel July 16, 2003.