January 10-12, 2014
Jackson Geological Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin
The Summit on the Future of Undergraduate Geoscience Education, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, made major progress towards developing a collective community vision for undergraduate geoscience education.
The Summary Report of the meeting outcomes is now available.
Please participate in our post-meeting survey for participants and non-participants.
Preliminary results from the survey were presented at the AGU meeting; see PDF of the presentation.
A presentation of the meeting outcomes was presented for an AGU/AGI Webinar for Heads and Chairs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmCYaATD4eo
The summit brought together a broad spectrum of the undergraduate geoscience education community, ~200 educators from R1 research universities with undergraduate programs, four-year private and state colleges (4YC), and 2-year community colleges (2YC) from across the country, as well as representatives from industry and professional geoscience societies. The summit focused on three main topics:
- What content, competencies, and skills do undergraduates need to be successful in graduate school and the future workforce?
- What are the best ways of teaching and using technology to enhance student learning?
- How can we broaden participation and retention of underrepresented groups and prepare K-12 science teachers to build a robust, diverse and informed future geoscience workforce?
The Summit had two Keynote presentations and 3 panel discussions; the rest of the meeting consisted of small breakout sessions discussing a series of, the results of which were presented to the entire group for discussion.