Geo-Needs: Stakeholder Needs Assessment for Broadening Participation in the Geoscience Workforce
Geo-Needs is an NSF-funded project that seeks to explore barriers and opportunities for enhancing geoscience instruction at 2YC and MSI institutions so that these students have greater opportunities for employment in the geosciences. The pages that follow are informed by discussions from four focus group meetings, held in August 2015, that brought together geoscience employers, teams of MSI/2YC administrators and instructors, educational researchers, and educational resource providers. Learn more about the 2015 focus group meetings or jump down to an index of site contents.
- identify and clarify barriers and opportunities for better use of existing instructional resources that engage underrepresented students in the geosciences at 2YCs/MSIs, and
- explore, with stakeholders, what an "ideal" model of resources, partnerships, professional development, and ongoing support for faculty and institutions might look like.
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Responding to the National Mandate
A compilation of reports from the National Science Foundation, National Research Council, PCAST and other federal sources that articulate the need for broadening participation in the STEM disciplines.
A Focus on the Geoscience (and STEM) Professions
Resources and policy statements from geoscience professional societies (AGI, AGU, GSA), and professional societies that support students from underrepresented groups in STEM (SACNAS, National Association of Black Geologists, Institute for Broadening Participation).
Preparing for the Geoscience Workforce–Career Pathways
The Geosciences have the lowest representation of people from underrepresented groups of any of the STEM disciplines. These resources help chart pathways to careers in the geosciences to help recruit and train geoscience majors from underrepresented groups.
Institutional, Programmatic, Departmental and Faculty Strategies for Broadening Participation
Systemic change to enhance broadening participation in the geosciences requires institutional support of programs, faculty and students. This section contains resources and strategies needed to create inclusive and supportive learning environments for all students. In addition, this section includes recommendations from the 2015 Geo-Needs Focus Groups, and includes related resources on institutional, programmatic and departmental resources, faculty professional development needed to support diversity initiatives, information on cultural literacy/competency, the critical role of 2YCs, resources that support systemic change, and information on evaluating diversity programs.
A Focus on Students: Strategies That Work
Find strategies that enable success for ALL students, with suggestions for strategies for recruitment and retention of students from underrepresented groups.
Building an Ideal Model
The Ideal Model was constructed to represent the interconnected networks with relevant stakeholders needed to support increased diversity in the geosciences.
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2015 Focus Groups
A series of four focus groups were held at Northern Illinois University in Naperville, IL during Summer 2015. Discussions and activities that took place during these meetings provided a basis for much of the information found on this site. Learn more about these meetings and their participants.
Geo-Needs at the 2016 Earth Educators' Rendezvous
A Geo-Needs workshop will be held at the 2016 Earth Educators Rendezvous to use the resources and Ideal Model developed in this project to help faculty from MSI's and 2YCs develop action plans to increase geoscience courses and programs at institutions that serve primarily students from underrepresented groups.
About this Project: Project team
Learn more about the design and development of this project and the leadership team.