AGI is saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Peter T. Flawn, AGI's President from 1987 to 1988. A distinguished geoscientist and scholar, Flawn served twice as president of the University of Texas at Austin, and is remembered for his transformative leadership. He died on May 7, 2017, at age 91.
The American Association of Geographers has proposed a new Advanced Placement course in Geographic Information Science and Technology (AP GIS&T) which has been designed to "introduce high school students to the fundamentals of geographic information science and applications of powerful geospatial technologies for spatial analysis and problem solving." Currently 250 attestations from high schools, and 100 colleges and universities are needed to make this a reality.
The number of women enrolled as undergraduate geoscience majors has leveled off, at least temporarily, at both graduate and undergraduate levels. Increased enrollment continues to be driven by growth in the number of men enrolling at both undergraduate and graduate levels. The shift in these gender-related trends is believed to be related to the rapid growth in the oil and gas industry with individuals seeking career opportunities to work in the field.
In 2013, there were 10,265 geoscience faculty and researchers employed at U.S. four-year universities, compared to 10,213 in 2011 and 10,051 in 2008. Approximately 72% of the geoscience faculty are tenured and 14% are untenured but in tenure-track positions. The other 14% are the researcher scientists, adjunct professors, and lecturers working at four-year universities.
Answering a community-wide call from geoscience societies and employers, an American Geoscience Institute inter-society ad hoc committee examined the issue of academic geosciences program accreditation. The committee has concluded its two years of study, and released a report that details three observations regarding the classification of college and university geoscience programs.
Alexandria, VA – Readers are advised to download the newly corrected version of the 2013 Status of Recent Geoscience Graduates report. An error was found in the title and x-axis labels on the figure on page 20. The data in the figure displays geoscience graduates that are seeking, or have accepted, a job position outside of the geosciences. The associated text has been changed now correctly represents the data presented. The corrected report can be downloaded at: http://bit.ly/GzvfvM or http://www.agiweb.org/workforce/reports.html.