The Role of Two-Year Colleges in Recruiting Future Geographers

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Community College Affinity Group, Careers and Professional Development
Poster #:
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Studio 2, Marriott, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Mark Revell, Jacqueline Housel, Patrick Shabram
Chairs: Jacqueline Housel


A significant number of undergraduates attend community colleges. Further, community colleges often have greater racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity than their four year counterparts. Almost 200 two-year colleges in the United States offer an associate's degree in geography or a geography-related program, and over 100 offer GIS Certificates. As is the case with four year colleges, many community college students do not enter college with the intent to get a degree in geography, but rather discover geography as a field of study while at the institution. This panel will discuss the role of community colleges to both recruit students to the field and increase diversity within the discipline. Topics discussed will include: (1) The state of geography in two-year colleges. (2) Ways that two-year and four-year (and graduate) schools have successfully partnered to expand geography enrollments. (3) Other two-year programs designed to train students for careers in geography. (4) How two-year and four-year institutions can work together moving forward.


Type Details Minutes
Introduction Jacqueline Housel Sinclair College 10
Discussant Patrick Shabram Front Range Community College 10
Panelist Darrel Hess City College of San Francisco 10
Panelist Heidi Lannon Santa Fe College 10
Panelist Kerry Lyste Everett Community College 10
Panelist Jessica Patton Maeer Tarrant County College 10
Panelist Melvin Johnson University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc 10
Panelist Holly Porter-Morgan The City University of New York 10

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