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Workshop Summary

Strategies for Successful Recruitment of Geoscience Majors:
Conceptual Framework and Practical Suggestions


Representatives from thirty-seven geoscience departments met in Denver, CO, in October, 2007, to consider how geoscience programs can more effectively recruit majors. A full description of the workshop can be found on the workshop website. Over the course of the day, community members identified for their expertise gave presentations on:

Participants shared with each other some of their recruitment strategies, discussed the process of assessing recruitment initiatives, and developed personalized action plans. Recruitment strategies arising from the discussion that resonated with workshop participants included:

Each participant went home with a written action plan describing the new strategies they intend to implement in their departments and how they will assess the effectiveness of their efforts. They are also particularly interested in developing and sharing surveys for students at different stages in their geoscience programs (upon declaring a major, during the 2nd or 3rd course, and as they finish their degrees), collecting information about why students choose a major and why they choose to continue in the program.


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