The RECS is the only statewide program in the UC that provides a premier research management organization including land, labor, facilities and equipment that delivers services to academics and the public. Centers are also focal points for community participation and for active involvement in current and relevant regional agricultural and natural resource challenges. The Centers support projects involving county-based cooperative extension academics and campus-based academics, as well as researchers from land grant institutions in other states, the CSU system and USDA in conducting their research and education programs.
Strategic Plan 2014-2034
The REC System is undergoing a strategic planning process with stakeholder guidance. The strategic plan will serve as a “living document,” a flexible framework to set direction and focus effort over the next 20 years and is intended to be inclusive, future-oriented and utilization-focused. All Centers plans and the overall REC System plan are targeted for completion by 2016.