WORKING FOR SYSTEMIC CHANGE IN GEOSCIENCE PROGRAMS IN TWO-YEAR COLLEGES
Systemic change requires engagement and involvement of administrators, other full-time and part-time geoscience faculty, and other partners. One or more administrators from each team, including vice-presidents, deans, associate deans, and others, worked with the Change Agents in developing a team action plan and framing it in alignment with institutional priorities. Aspects of the action planning process were adapted from the Pathways to Results project, which aims to continuously improve student pathways to degree completion by addressing inequities in student outcomes. Change Agents were asked to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of their geoscience program, review their program needs relative to the three project stands, analyze current and possible processes and strategies for change in light of high-impact practices, articulate goals and measurable outcomes of success, and develop an implementation plan. The four-year duration of the project provides time for making and investigating changes in the geoscience programs and institutions of the Change Agents. We anticipate that communities of practice will be enhanced given the reflective strategies embedded in the project and its longevity.