From Intro Geoscience to Upper Level Courses: Successes and Failures of Curricular Revisions

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Friday, October 22, 2021 1:00 PM EDT | 1 hour
Series: AGU/AGI Heads and Chairs

The AGU Heads and Chairs program and the American Geosciences Institute are pleased to be offering a free online webinar and discussion about efforts in curricular reform in undergraduate geoscience programs, and their successes and failures.  Please join Aley El-Shazly (Marshall University) as he shares his program's experiences with curricular reform and to join a community discussion of how curricular reform efforts have progressed in light of the recent Vision and Change document.

The department of Geology embarked on a series of curricular revisions in 2015 that were subsequently implemented in 2016. These changes encompassed both introductory level as well as upper division classes, while maintaining the total number of hours needed for graduation at 120. This brief presentation will discuss the driving force behind the curricular changes, the challenges involved in implementing them, and their overall outcomes. Student and faculty attitudes towards these changes will be discussed, and data on enrollment, recruitment, and retention will be presented. It is hoped that this presentation will encourage discussions that will help small and large Geology programs grow and thrive.

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