THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF GEOSCIENCE CAREERS AND EDUCATION: NEW ONLINE RESOURCES FROM BUILDING STRONG GEOSCIENCE DEPARTMENTS
Geoscience curricula and programs are profiled on the Building Strong Geoscience Departments website (http://serc.carleton.edu/departments/dep-activities/curricula-future.html). Each profile describes the program, its goals, and its institutional context. For curricula, the profile also includes an illustration of courses and their sequencing. Individual geoscience courses are also profiled (http://serc.carleton.edu/departments/dep-activities/courses-future.html). Each of these profiles describes the context for the course (for what level of student it is taught, in what department, for how many students, whether it is a required or an elective course), the course content, its goals and methods of assessment. Finally, we have a series of interviews of geoscience employers and recent entry-level employees (http://serc.carleton.edu/departments/dep-activities/employment.html). Each of the interviewees describes the knowledge, skills and abilities they see as essential to success in their workplace.
Taken collectively, these profiles and interviews illustrate changes taking place in the landscape of geoscience careers and in the education preparing students for those careers. These online collections are a resource for departments interested in staying relevant in the context of these changes. We are actively building these collections and welcome suggestions for additions.