GEO-NEEDS: STAKEHOLDER NEEDS ASSESSMENT FOR BROADENING PARTICIPATION IN THE GEOSCIENCES AT TWO-YEAR AND MINORITY-SERVING INSTITUTIONS (Invited Presentation)
To reach these goals, we convened four focus group meetings in August 2015. The 40 participants were drawn from four key stakeholder groups: 2YC and MSI geoscience instructors, 2YC and MSI administrators, organizations that create and/or disseminate geoscientific resources and educational materials, and researchers with expertise in equity, access, and diversity in either the geosciences or broadly in higher education. Through brainstorming activities, discussions, and an ideal model activity, we elicited participants’ views of the current status of geoscience instruction at 2YCs/MSIs and their recommendations for expanding access to the geosciences for underrepresented students at these institutions. In July 2016, we supported 20 instructors from 2YCs and MSIs to attend the Earth Educators Rendezvous (EER) and a follow-on Geo-Needs workshop. Here participants developed an action plan detailing a course, curriculum, or extracurricular program that would expand access to the geosciences for their 2YC/MSI students.
Products of this project include the 2015 Focus Group Meetings Report and Executive Summary, a collection of resources and recommendations derived from the 2015 focus group meetings, and a collection of action plans derived from the EER workshop. All materials are available on the Geo-Needs website: http://serc.carleton.edu/geoneeds/index.html.