GSA Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington, USA - 2017

Paper No. 164-1
Presentation Time: 9:00 AM-6:30 PM


MCDARIS, John R., Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College, 1 North College Street, Northfield, MN 55057, BAER, Eric M.D., Geology, Highline College, MS-29-3, 2400 S 240th St, Des Moines, WA 98198, MACDONALD, R. Heather, Department of Geology, College of William and Mary, PO Box 8795, Williamsburg, VA 23187, ORMAND, Carol J., Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College, 1 North College St, Northfield, MN 55057, HODDER, Jan, Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, University of Oregon, PO Box 5389, Charleston, OR 97420 and EMERSON, Norlene R., Department of Geography and Geology, University of Wisconsin - Richland, 1200 Hwy 14 West, Richland Center, WI 53581-1316,

The Supporting and Advancing Geoscience Education at Two-Year Colleges (SAGE 2YC) project has undertaken a major overhaul of its website ( to better serve two-year college (2YC) faculty seeking to support the academic success of all students, broaden participation in geoscience, and facilitate students’ professional pathways into geoscience careers. The revamped website organizes new and existing resources into three broad categories: those that enable faculty to provide students with tools to help them be successful in college and beyond, those that provide continued learning and professional development for faculty, and those that showcase ways of catalyzing positive change at scales larger than a course.

The “Support 2YC Students” section provides access to a substantial set of modules that detail ways faculty can address particular issues or challenges for their students. These include supporting transfer students, developing self-regulated learners, supporting students with disabilities, and providing integrative experiences like undergraduate research as well as many other strategies. “Sustain Faculty Learning” showcases the SAGE Musings blog featuring a growing collection of posts that address topics related to the three foci of the project – supporting academic success, broadening participation, and facilitating students’ professional pathways into the geosciences. In addition, this section of the website pulls together principles for design and implementation of effective professional development workshops for faculty. “Make Change Happen” explores models to make and sustain change at the departmental, institutional, or regional level in the context of two-year colleges. This section focuses on the work of teams of SAGE 2YC Change Agents to tackle issues facing their institutions and strengthen their regional networks of 2YC faculty. These and the many other resources on the website support 2YC faculty in making substantive improvements to geoscience education and in connecting to a larger community of practice of their peers.