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Workshop Overview

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Join us for a workshop focused on how we can promote the success of all students taking geoscience courses in two-year colleges (2YCs). The range of students in 2YCs includes the very brightest to the least prepared, a melting pot of cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, many English language learners, military veterans, students with disabilities, single parents, parolees, retirees, co-enrolled high school students, retraining college graduates, and homeless individuals. In comparison to the typical four-year college or university student, the average 2YC student is nearly a decade older, commutes, and is employed more than part-time (AACC, 2012). Students in 2YCs are commonly place-bound, seeking employment or transfer within the community served by the college. Faculty in two-year colleges have both the opportunity and the challenge of teaching students with a wide range of abilities, goals, and preparedness. Below are examples of questions that will be addressed in this workshop

The workshop will include plenary talks, panelist presentations, small and large group discussions, individual presentations or posters, planning/writing sessions, and time for networking, collaboration, and developing individual and collective action plans. Participants will also add materials related to these topics to an online collection of resources.


The goals of this workshop are to:


Each workshop participant is expected to:

Application Process and Selection Criteria

Complete the application online and submit it no later than March 4, 2013. All applicants will be notified of the acceptance decision approximately two weeks after this deadline. Prior to the workshop, accepted applicants will be asked to fill out and submit an online registration form to confirm their attendance and to communicate their travel arrangements.

The final list of participants will be established with the goal of obtaining a wide view of strategies for supporting student success in a variety of 2YC settings. Preference will be given to applicants who hold full-time or adjunct faculty positions at 2YCs and who document specific interests in supporting student success in geoscience at 2YCs.

There is no fee to attend this workshop; project grants cover travel for faculty participants as well as double-occupancy participant lodging, meals, and supplies during the workshop. The workshop will be held on the campus of the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA. Participants will be housed in double-occupancy hotel rooms and will eat meals on campus and in town. A limited number of single occupancy rooms will be available for an additional fee.

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