William & Mary

Video feature: Change agents for community colleges

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William & Mary's Heather Macdonald, Chancellor Professor of Geology, and Pamela Eddy, professor of education, discuss ongoing efforts to create 'change agents' for the nation's two-year colleges through the Supporting and Advancing Geoscience Education at Two-Year Colleges (SAGE 2YC) project, a National Science Foundation-funded initiative designed to increase diversity in STEM professions.

Two-year colleges (2YCs) play crucial roles in meeting the nation's geoscience and STEM workforce needs and in increasing public scientific literacy. These institutions enroll more than 45 percent of all U.S. undergraduates and serve a large number of women, minority and first-generation college students. In addition, the teaching environments at these open-access institutions are among the most challenging: Teaching loads are heavy; the use of adjunct faculty is increasing; and there is limited support for participation in professional development activities, widely recognized as the source for many critical improvements for improving student learning.

For more information about SAGE 2YC, see a related W&M News story or visit the SAGE 2YC website.