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This webinar series is co hosted by the american geophysical union and

This Webinar Series is co-hosted by

The American Geophysical Union

and

The American Geosciences Institute


Introductions
Introductions

  • Pranoti Asher: Manager of Education and Public Outreach, AGU

  • Heather Houlton: Workforce Development, Education, & Outreach Specialist, AGI

  • Carolyn Wilson: Geoscience Workforce Data Analyst, AGI


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This webinar series is co hosted by the american geophysical union and

Heads & Chairs Webinar Series Schedule

  • Program Assessment:Thursday, November 15,11:00 AM-12:00 PM EST

  • Recap of the 2012 AGU Meeting Fall H&C Meeting: Wednesday, December 19, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM EST


Agi s national geoscience student exit survey spring 2012 results

AGI’s National Geoscience Student Exit Survey – Spring 2012 Results

Carolyn Wilson

American Geosciences Institute

Geoscience workforce Program


Description and purpose
Description and Purpose

  • Purpose: To ascertain the relevant experiences in school and immediate career trajectories of students graduating with geoscience degrees

  • Objectives

    • Identify the necessary knowledge and skills acquired while in school that aided the students in securing employment upon graduation

    • Identify student decision points for entering geoscience fields

    • Identify the geosciences fields that students pursue in undergraduate and graduate school

    • Identify employment preferences and realities of graduating students

    • Collect information about salary projections for entry positions in different geosciences careers

    • Demonstrate the value of geosciences degrees to future students, the institutions, and employers

    • Establish a benchmark to perform longitudinal studies of geosciences graduates


Pilot 1
Pilot #1

  • 32 Departments were invited to participate

  • 14 Departments did participate

    • 103 total responses

      • 11 Partial responses

      • 92 Completed responses

      • 67 Undergraduates

      • 23 Master’s Students

      • 2 Doctoral Students


Pilot 2 deployment strategy
Pilot #2 Deployment Strategy

Invitations to participate were sent to 81 different departments; 58 agreed to participate

Department incentives offered for participation

Survey created using online tool, LimeSurvey

Emailed out late April 2012


Participating departments
Participating Departments

  • 46 departments participated

    • 294 Full Responses

      • 233 Undergraduates

      • 40 Master’s students

      • 21 Doctoral students




Points to consider
Points to Consider…

Survey edits to the race/ethnicity question

Fixing the community college questions

Clarifying the Quantitative Skills question

Other thoughts?


Geoscience degree fields research focuses
Geoscience Degree Fields/Research Focuses





Field camps field courses other field experiences
Field Camps, Field Courses, Other Field Experiences





Points to consider1
Points to Consider…

Somehow clarifying the question categorizing financial aid

Suggested edits for the Decision Points questions

Should there be a limit of 2 selections for the question on Methods Used for Personal Research?

Other thoughts?


Future plans graduate school
Future Plans – Graduate School

  • Undergraduates

    • 84% pursuing a MA/MS

    • 13% pursuing a PhD

    • 2% pursuing a MAT

    • 1% undecided

  • Graduates

    • 6% pursuing a MA/MS

    • 94% pursuing a PhD


Future plans geoscience employment
Future Plans – Geoscience Employment

  • Students seeking employment in the geosciences

    • 33% doctoral students (7)

    • 40% master’s students (16)

    • 48% undergraduate students (112)


Future plans geoscience employment1
Future Plans – Geoscience Employment

  • Students that accepted a position in the geosciences

    • 48% doctoral students (10)

    • 30% master’s students (12)

    • 17% undergraduate students (40)


Future plans geoscience employment2
Future Plans – Geoscience Employment


Future plans geoscience employment3
Future Plans – Geoscience Employment


Future plans employment outside of the geosciences
Future Plans – Employment Outside of the Geosciences

  • Students that are seeking a job outside of the geosciences

    • 5% master’s students

    • 15% undergraduate students

  • Students that accepted jobs outside of the geosciences

    • 5% graduate students

    • 6% undergraduate students


Why are students seeking jobs outside of the geosciences
Why Are Students Seeking Jobs Outside of the Geosciences?

“To serve my country.”

“Have not yet found a geosciences position.”

“Historic Preservation is interdisciplinary and I want to use my geology background in order to be a materials conservator.”

“I want to explore other options for a career path before I continue my education in geosciences.”

“I have decided that I would like to be a teacher.”

“I found a career path that was better suited for my skills and interests than geosciences.”


Points to consider2
Points to Consider…

Should there be a limit to the number of selections for business sectors that a student can search for a job?

Clarifying the categories for Sources where Geoscience Jobs are Found

Concern over the misunderstanding about the definition of geoscience jobs

Other thoughts?


Next steps
Next Steps…

Advertising the existence of the Exit Survey

Conversations with participating departments on ways to improve the survey

Edits, Additions, Subtractions, etc…

Connecting with more departments to participate

Develop a longitudinal study to look at how these careers develop over time


Thanks for your attention
Thanks for Your Attention

Discussion Questions:

Would you department be willing to participate next spring?

Are the department incentives appropriate?

Any suggestions for getting more student involvement?

Is there any other information not covered in the survey that should be covered?

Other comments or questions?

If you have any follow-up questions or comments, please email me:

cwilson@agiweb.org


Wrap up
Wrap-up

  • If you have additional questions or comments about the webinar series or would like to join the AGU Heads and Chairs workshop at the AGU meeting, please contact Pranoti Asher at Pasher@agu.org

  • If you have questions about today’s presentation, contact Carolyn Wilson at: cwilson@agiweb.org


This webinar series is co hosted by the american geophysical union and

Heads & Chairs Webinar Series Schedule

  • Program Assessment:Thursday, November 15,11:00 AM-12:00 PM EST

  • Recap of the 2012 AGU Meeting Fall H&C Meeting: Wednesday, December 19, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM EST