The discussions and consultations have revolved around whether UB should establish a Faculty of Agriculture (at Sebele or elsewhere) to offer degree and diploma education and BAC should concentrate on the certificate and vocational training or BAC should be upgraded into a college under UB/or MoA to offer all the training at the three levels (certificate, diploma and degree)
In view of the anticipated small number of students who were expected to enrol in the agriculture degree programme; the expensive nature of facilities required for such training; the need to maintain economical student staff ratios; it became quite apparent right from the outset that it will not be cost effective to have two training institutions for the agricultural sciences (one for degree and diploma under UB/MoE and one for certificate under MoA).
In addition with UB being under MoE, and BAC; Agricultural Research Station (ARS) and Extension Services being under MoA, it was therefore decided to adopt a model which will ensure that linkages between BAC/Faculty of Agriculture, and ARS and the extension services are maintained, as well as availing to UB effective mechanism through which it can ensure high and relevant academic standards for the programmes accredited to it.
A Working Group Committee (WGC) was formed in 1984 by UB Council to superintend the merger process between UB and BAC. This WGC was chaired by Vice Chancellor UB, and included as its members, among others, the Permanent Secretaries of MoA, MoE, Finance and Development Planning and Local Government and Lands.
It was in 1985 decided, following studies by a number of consultants and study visits to a number of faculties of agriculture in the region, that BAC should become a Constituent/associate College of UB and a parastatal under the MoA. BAC as a College of UB will offer both UB accredited programmes, as well as its own programmes such as the certificate courses and short term in-service and continuing education courses for staff of the MoA. The administration of the college will be superintended by a Governing Council where UB, MoA and MoE will be represented as well as other members who are active in the agricultural sector of the nation. In October 1985, the WGC recommended that a Dean of Agriculture should be recruited to work out, in consultation with all concerned, detailed implementation programme embracing the teaching and administrative arrangements as well as the budgetary requirements. The Dean was appointed and started working at BAC in November 1987. Detailed curriculum and regulations for the BSc. degree were prepared and approved by UB Senate in April 1988 and UB Council in June 1988.
As a consequence of UB Council's approval of the curriculum and regulations for the BSc. (Agric.) degree programme the first cohort of students to register for this programme commenced their second year of study at Sebele with effect from August 1988 (the first year is done under faculty of science UB). Regulations for the diploma programmes as well as their curricula were reviewed and a new diploma programme in agricultural education was established with effect from February 1989.