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Collaborate with Other Institutions

This page was developed as a synthesis of lessons learned by participants in InTeGrate program models and is part of an extended set of InTeGrate resources on increasing the diversity of students learning about the Earth.

Strong collaborations between institutions can leverage the strengths of each to help students of all kinds succeed. Recruiting and supporting diverse learners into the workforce requires connecting the web of learning experiences that support their ultimate success. For example, recruiting undergraduate students requires connecting to their K-12 educational experiences both to develop the students interest and support their preparation. Similarly, students from underrepresented minorities are more likely to initiate their undergraduate education at a two-year college. Opportunities to gain experience in the workforce through course work, research experiences, internships, or projects must also be integrated and connected into their overall educational experiences.

K-12 Schools

University of Northern Colorado
Faculty from the UNC program team visited many local secondary schools and community colleges to present to diverse students interested in STEM careers -- examples from both local industries and faculty research about societal relevance of the work. The goal was recruiting students into majors in geoscience fields that emphasize relevance and sustainability. Various pathways to recruiting in the future were opened.
University of Texas at El Paso
The UTEP implementation involved faculty at three institutions working together to develop a supported pathway from high school (ECHS), through the two-year college (EPCC), to graduating with a bachelor's degree from the four-year institution (UTEP).

Two-Year Colleges

Grand Valley State University
GVSU partnered with two nearby 2YCs (Muskegon Community College and Grand Rapids Community College), to support transfer students to GVSU to complete their Earth Science or Geology degrees.
Stanford University
Stanford's efforts centered on training graduate students on active learning techniques and InTeGrate module content, then placing them in MSI two-year colleges around the Bay Area to co-teach the content with a local faculty mentor.
University of Texas at El Paso
The UTEP program involved faculty at three institutions working together to develop a supported pathway from high school (ECHS), through the two-year college (EPCC), to graduating with a bachelor's degree from the four-year institution (UTEP). UTEP and EPCC collaboratively developed an articulation agreement and common set of courses that has allowed ease of transfer between institutions.
University of Northern Colorado
The work of the UNC team led to the creation of articulation agreements with two nearby two-year colleges which was not in their initial plan.

Four-Year and Research Institutions

Claflin University
Claflin University and University of South Carolina have been partnering to provide Claflin students with access to training. As a part of this collaboration, students from CU and South Carolina State University (both minority serving institutions) participated in a one-day GIS and GPR training session with the Earth & Water Sciences at USC and in the Geofest conference organized by the South Carolina Geographic Alliance and the Department of Geography at USC-Columbia (funded through NSF Targeted Infusion Award and SC Geographic Alliance).
University of Texas at El PasoThe UTEP program involved faculty at three institutions working together to develop a supported pathway from high school (ECHS), through the two-year college (EPCC), to graduating with a bachelor's degree from the four-year institution (UTEP).

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