Supporting Student Success in the Geosciences at 2-Year Colleges

NYC/Long Island, NY - A Local SAGE 2YC Workshop

Workshop date: Friday, March 16, 2015

Full-time and part-time geoscience faculty at 2-year institutions are encouraged to attend.

This workshop has already taken place.


In recent years the demand for geoscientists has soared worldwide while enrollment in geoscience programs remains unchanged or has even decreased. Strong undergraduate geoscience education is dependent on effective programs at two-year colleges (2YCs). 2YCs play an increasingly important role in producing literate earth-science citizens, creating a competent and creative geoscience workforce, teaching science to pre-service K-12 teachers and providing a foundation for broadening participation in the geosciences.

Improving student success is an important priority at most 2YCs, but is especially challenging given the wide range of abilities, preparation and goals of 2YC students.

This workshop will bring together faculty, education researchers, professional geosciences to address these issues and share ideas and experiences. We will assemble a menu of best practices for attracting and retaining geoscience students and for preparing them to transfer or enter the workforce.

Workshop Goals

The goals of this workshop are to:

  • Document current practices for promoting student success (e.g., activities, instructional approaches, programs, support structures)
  • Explore strategies for effectively teaching all students, including distinct subpopulations
  • Develop approaches to engage our colleagues, including full-time and part-time faculty and administrators, in implementing approaches discussed at the workshop
  • Foster the network of colleagues who will implement and disseminate insights from the workshop


There is no cost to participants



Room 251, College Center Building (CCB) Nassau Community College, Garden City, New York.

  • For driving directions please go to:
  • Driving Direction:
  • Campus map: Campus Map
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  • Please come into campus from the Hempstead Turnpike entrance. The entrance to the CCB will be ahead of you next to the G Building. Once in the building take the stairs or the elevator to the second floor. Rooms 251-252 will be to your right from the stairs and ahead of you from the elevator. You will need a parking permit issued by NCC's Pubic Safety office. These will be issued to you upon registration and must be displayed on your car's dashboard. Note that without a permit you most likely be issued a Nassau County parking ticket priced at $90.00 so please obtain a permit.


Continental breakfast and boxed lunch will be provided to participants


Each workshop participant is expected to:

  • In advance of the workshop
    • complete the registration form answering all questions
  • During the workshop
    • participate in all activities from the beginning of the workshop between 8:00 am and 4 pm on Friday, March 14, 2014
    • Develop an action plan for the next year
    • help to form a community of geoscience educators in the Long Island/NYC area
  • Following the workshop - either individually or collectively implement something that has been learned at the workshop and help disseminate insights from the workshop to other geoscience educators.


Conveners: JoAnn Thissen, Nassau Community College;; Tracy Imperato, Nassau Community College
Conveners: Sean Tvelia, Suffolk Community College;; Joan Horn, Suffolk Community College

If you would like further information about the workshop, please contact JoAnn or Sean

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