In 2015, the Council and UNL leaders reached agreement to establish a full-time faculty position with an emphasis on cooperatives. Dr. Greg McKee, formerly at North Dakota State University, was selected to fill this position.
With the hiring of Dr. McKee, “Cooperatives” (AECN474), a three-credit hour course, is offered in the fall semester. The role of cooperatives in market-oriented economies are presented. Topics including cooperative business principles, the economic theory of cooperative pricing decisions, the fundamentals of co-op accounting principles, financing, decision making, and taxation. Focus will be primarily upon traditional agricultural cooperatives; other types of cooperatives will be examined in some detail.
In addition to the class offering, Dr. McKee also coordinates a Cooperative Study/Tour to allow students to travel to cooperatives and learn more about the cooperative business model. Students travel as a group to both local and regional cooperatives during the tour.