SUPPORTING DIVERSE STEM STUDENTS USING THE WHOLE STUDENT FRAMEWORK
InTeGrate: Interdisciplinary Teaching about the Earth for a Sustainable Future and SAGE 2YC: Supporting and Advancing Geoscience Education at Two-year Colleges have collaboratively developed resources to help faculty and institutions support the whole student. Using the Engagement-Capacity-Continuity framework for supporting the whole student developed by Jolly et al. (2004), these projects have organized resources around a number of themes.
- “Engagement” is the awareness of, and interest in, STEM fields as well as the self-motivation to succeed in them. Relevant resources supporting engagement include information about careers and pathways into the workforce, inspiring students via civic engagement and societal issues, and building a sense of community to support intrinsic motivation and academic confidence.
- “Capacity” refers to skills and knowledge needed to successfully advance to more rigorous levels of study. Providing a variety of academic support mechanisms is an important part of capacity building. The geosciences are also an excellent place to address interdisciplinary, real-world problems and learn to think like a scientist.
- “Continuity” refers to institutional/programmatic systems that support student advancement in STEM disciplines. Structures to advise and mentor students through a degree program are a critical piece as is providing the right kinds of support for students transferring between institutions.
These and other resources are available via the two project websites: