A Program Model for Engaging a Community: Supporting and Advancing Geoscience Education in Two-year Colleges
Participation in SAGE 2YC has been broad and diverse. More than 400 geoscience professionals have attended a SAGE 2YC workshop or webinar, including faculty from 2YCs and four-year colleges and universities (4YCUs), and professional organizations or employers. Workshop participants came from ~200 institutions, primarily 2YCs and some 4YCUs. The workshops are effective in reaching women, underrepresented minorities, and adjunct faculty. The 2014 regional and local workshops had high participation of adjunct faculty (37% and 35%, respectively). The local workshops, provide a mechanism to engage full-time and adjunct faculty in regions around the country as well as leadership opportunities for 2YC faculty. In a three-year period, SAGE 2YC will have supported 17 local workshops, designed and led by teams of 2YC faculty. Webinars and online resources on topics related to supporting student success and workforce and careers, developed in association with the workshops, expand program reach (http://serc.carleton.edu/sage2yc/index.html). Factors contributing to program success include 1) leaders with 2YC experience; 2) a focus on topics of interest and importance to 2YCs; 3) well-designed workshops that engage participants and include individual action planning; 4) multiple ways to engage faculty; and 5) mentored leadership development for 2YC geoscience faculty.