Release Date Aug. 17
Brookhaven College’s Doris Rousey, executive dean of Mathematics and Science, and Marilyn Lynch, associate vice president of Career and Program Resources, participated in the Academic Vertical Alignment Training and Renewal (AVATAR) Training of Trainers workshop on August 13th at the Education Service Center (ESC) Region XI in Fort Worth. AVATAR is designed to engage faculty and administrators across various educational levels in critical conversations about course alignment. Rousey took part in a panel discussion that focused on the vertical alignment process. Lynch served as a facilitator and pilot project resource. Brookhaven College mathematics and science professors have worked with instructors at two local high schools and the University of North Texas as part of the ESC Region X AVATAR pilot program. The goal of this work is to build connections among regional institutions, support seamless transition and completion for students, and decrease the need for developmental courses.
In mid-July, Scott Sires and Gerry Bartz of Brookhaven College Geospatial Technology Department were invited to attend a workshop sponsored by the American Geophysical Union. The subject of the workshop was the role of faculty-led earth science research programs at two-year colleges in developing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) professionals. Brookhaven College was one of 23 two-year colleges from across the United States invited to discuss research with representatives of national organizations involved in STEM education and funding. Sires and Bartz shared results and programmatic experiences from the Geographic Information Systems program’s Belize field trips. There was a great deal of interest in the college’s use of geospatial technology in earth science research. Earth science research programs at two-year colleges are seen more and more as an important part of the national goal to increase the recruitment and retention of STEM majors. At the workshop, directorates from the National Science Foundation (NSF) cited a case where NSF funding at a two-year college rose from tens of thousands to tens of millions of dollars over a ten-year period. They also outlined requirements for funding programs designed to encourage the collaboration of two- and four-year colleges.
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