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Averages Across All Institution Types

Go back to the beginning of this presentation, by Randall Richardson and Susan Beck of the University of Arizona, about the results of a national survey of geoscience departments.

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Which would you rate as the most important factor in departmental success?

  • Defining the mission of the department in such a way that it is aligned with the institution vision.
  • Taking a proactive stance in building modern and dynamic geoscience curricula and, as appropriate, research agendas.
  • Working effectively as a department team.
  • Acknowledging that recruitment, development, and retention of students, faculty, and staff are key elements of departmental success and working effectively in these areas.
  • Developing strong departmental leaders now and for the future.
  • Communicating success, using effective metrics, to colleagues, senior administrators, students, donors, and friends.
  • Forging strategic partnerships within the university (e.g., with biosciences, engineering, environmental studies, or geography) and outside the university (e.g., employers or alumni).

Over the last five years, how has the number of undergraduate majors in your department varied?

Answers from left to right: increased significantly, increased, no change, decreased, decreased significantly, no response.


Approximately what percentage of the students taught in your departmental undergraduate course offerings are non-majors?

Answers from left to right: 0%, less than 20%, 20-40%, 40-60%, 60-80%, more than 80%.


Approximately what percentage of your departmental undergraduate course offerings are designed primarily for non-majors?

Answers from left to right: 0%, less than 20%, 20-40%, 40-60%, more than 60%.


Is Undergraduate Recruitment/Retention an Issue?

Answers from left to right: yes, no.


Are Planning Efforts Important?

Answers from left to right: yes, no.



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