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Content Type:Editorial
Author(s):Hamilton, George W. Jr.
Author Affiliation:Senior Lecturer, Center for Turfgrass Science, Penn State University
Title:Too many turf students?
Column Name:Viewpoint
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Source:Golf Course Management. Vol. 69, No. 7, July 2001, p. 144.
Publishing Information:Lawrence, KS: Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
# of Pages:1
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Education; Hiring practices; GCSAA; Business management; Golf industry trends; Golf course superintendents; Labor supply
Abstract/Contents:Discusses the concern of too many turfgrass students, stating that ""the number of schools offering some type of turfgrass education has probably doubled in the last 10 to 15 years" but that almost none of the overabundance of job applicants for openings are recent college graduates. States that the flood of applicants has instead "been created from the expansion of the hierarchy withing the golf course management industry. Superintendent's responsibilities have significantly increased and have become more diverse in the last 10 to 20 years. This has created more management positions requiring education, including various levels of assistants and technicians. Many golf courses now have several people on staff with similar educations, as compared to a decade ago when there may have been, at most, one or two college-educated people on a staff." Also states that "for the most part, the lack of industry-developed titles and job descriptions has created the 'flood'. Job titles are being used and abused to entice and retain employees. So when a superintendent's job is advertised, many 'assistant superintendent's' apply. These applicants' experience can range from foreman to superintendent. Not all have the title of assistant superintendent. Those that have this title may have it further described as 'first assistant', 'second assistant', etc. It becomes obvious that not all 'assistants' are created equal in terms of education, experience and duties."
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Hamilton, G. W. Jr. 2001. Too many turf students?. Golf Course Manage. 69(7):p. 144.
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