This collaboration between faculty at the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP), El Paso Community College, and early college high schools in the El Paso area aimed to create a strong pathway for underrepresented minority students into Earth science degrees and careers. Infusing sustainability and InTeGrate modules into introductory Earth science courses at all institutions as well as into upper division courses at UTEP showed significant gains in student learning. Combining the curricular enhancements with bridging programs to support students transferring between institutions demonstrated the strong pathway.Learn more about UTEP's
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About the Program
We seek to increase interest in the earth sciences and climate science at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), El Paso Community College (EPCC) and local early college high schools (ECHS) through use of InTeGrate curriculum in courses taught within these institutions and activities that serve as bridges for faculty and students at these institutions. All institutions are Hispanic Serving Institutions (HIS's) with student bodies that are more than 80% Hispanic.
- Assist faculty at these institutions in adapting geoscience and climate science modules developed by the InTeGrate program into their introductory level courses in geology, earth science, and environmental science.
- Improve communication between faculty at these institutions to ensure that similar course content is taught at all institutions, thus ensuring students who transfer to UTEP to complete a BS degree have comparable curriculum to students starting a degree at UTEP.
- Develop a bridge program to aid transfer students to succeed at UTEP.
- Utilize InTeGrate modules in UTEP upper division courses for majors and non-majors.
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Important elements of this program:
- Collaboration between K12, 2YC, and 4YC
- Support for Transfer Students
- Infusion of sustainability into upper division courses
- Focus on underrepresented minority students