Implementation Programs: Incorporating Geoscience throughout the Curriculum
- to increase the enrollment and graduation of students from groups underrepresented in the geosciences;
- to strengthen learning about the Earth at institutions with limited or no geoscience faculty;
- to bring strong, interdisciplinary components into traditional geoscience programs to prepare students for careers addressing challenges of sustainability;
- to broaden access to science by introducing geoscience across the liberal arts curriculum;
- to that incorporate approaches to Earth literacy to the preparation of Earth science teachers;
Grant-Funded Implementation Programs
Through a series of open solicitations in 2014 and 2015, teams from institutions or clusters of institutions were invited to apply for $50,000 grants from InTeGrate to develop new implementation programs. Solicitation guidelines encouraged applicants to:
- make use of InTeGrate developed 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.
A steering committee of community members, established in association with the National Association of Geoscience Teachers, reviewed the proposals and selected projects for funding based on the likely success of the program, potential to model a new and transferable approach, and ability to support a diversity of institutional settings and a diversity of students. Each of the selected projects involves leadership teams of at least five faculty members and administrators and takes a different approach to meeting the overarching program goals.
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