A Decade of Lessons Learned

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Walter, D. K., Austin, S. A., Johnson, L. P., Morris, P. A., & Salgado, C. (2007). A Decade of Lessons Learned. Journal of Geoscience Education, 55(6), 493-499. DOI: 10.5408/1089-9995-55.6.493
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We describe our efforts at building programs in Earth and space science over the past decade at four Minority Institutions, Medgar Evers College, Norfolk State University, South Carolina State University and the University of Houston-Downtown. We present our institutional models of success and programmatic outcomes as well as barriers to success and lessons learned. The unique path to success for each school is described, along with experiences common among all four. Since these institutions do not offer graduate programs in the geosciences, they have concentrated on recruitment and retention of students in the K-16 pipeline while preparing them for graduate school and careers in the field. These schools represent a range in size, location, population served and in the type and nature of the Earth and space science programs they offer. As such, the experiences described herein offer a broad perspective on what does and does not work in attracting and retaining underrepresented minority students in the geosciences.

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