Implementation Programs: Incorporating Geoscience throughout the Curriculum
These implementation programs will strive to:
- develop a new vision for how geoscience is positioned in higher education,
- infuse geoscience throughout the curriculum,
- leverage existing geoscience, environmental science, and engineering programs to address solutions for societal problems, and
- engage younger students in the geosciences as a mechanism for increasing geoscience enrollment.
The implementation programs will result in the development of at least 26 models of ways to bring geoscience to a diverse range of disciplines, institutions, and networks, as well as provide the documentation and resources necessary to help other groups implement similar programs.
Grant-Funded Implementation Programs
Beginning in 2014, institutions or clusters of institutions will be able to apply for $50,000 grants to develop approximately 20 new implementation programs. These programs will:
- make use of project materials,
- model innovative ways to increase the number of students developing geoscience literacy, and
- contribute to the preparation of a workforce equipped to bring geosciences to bear in solving societal issues.
Building on workshops offered by the Building Strong Geoscience Departments program, InTeGrate workshops extend understanding the relationship between program offerings and the diverse workforce equipped to address the resource and environmental challenges faced by society. These workshops and the web resources they produce form a foundation for teams as they develop proposals for implementation programs. These program-level workshops began in 2012 and include:
- Programs that Bring Together Geoscience and Sustainability
- Geoscience and the 21st Century Workforce: Considering undergraduate programs in the context of changing employment opportunities
- Broadening Access to the Earth and Environmental Sciences: Increasing the Diversity of Undergraduate Students Learning About the Earth