SUPPORTING GEOSCIENCE STUDENTS THROUGH THE 2YC TO 4YCU TRANSFER PROCESS
The SAGE 2YC project (Supporting and Advancing Geoscience Education in Two-year Colleges) has developed a set of online resources (http://serc.carleton.edu/sage2yc/transfer/index.html) to help faculty and students minimize the challenges of transfer in the geosciences. The website includes pages about early recruitment of majors, supportive advising for the transfer process, minimizing transfer shock, 2YC-4YCU collaborations that serve transfer students, and profiles of NSF-funded GeoPaths projects that have strong strategies for supporting 2YC-4YCU transfer. While each of the GeoPaths projects profiled offers a customized solution to their 2YC-4YCU geoscience transfer challenges, each profile contains a short project description, the context of the project, goals, project activities, the theory of change, and the instruments and measures of success that will be used to evaluate outcomes. These GeoPaths project pages provide a centrally located collection of programs that showcase a range of projects and specific activities addressing the challenges of 2YC-4YCU student transfer along with the tools used to measure the outcomes of each project. SAGE 2YC is also in the process of developing a pay-attention matrix, compiled from literature research, of evidence-based practices that make a difference in supporting the success of all students including effective transfer of geoscience students. The matrix includes strategies that individual faculty can employ as well those that are more effective at the department, program, and institutional level.