Chapter 5 defines specialization for field extension educators as: "A specialized Extension Educator concentrates on an area of expertise, provides leadership on a statewide program team that develops and delivers outreach programs for a community of interest, and contributes to the scholarship related to outreach education." (The Minnesota Response, 2009, p. 99).
Empricial results are presented on six features of Minnesota Regional Extension Educators (REEs), with comparisons before and after the implementation of the regional/county system. For example, 47 percent of all REEs now have statewide program responsibilities compared to only 9 percent before the changes in 2004.
Comments: If your state has a regional delivery system of some sort, what are the system features that encourage specialization by field educators? What features discourage specialization?