JMU Earth science program wins 'Programs that Work' award
JMU's bachelor of arts degree in Earth science has been selected as one of projects across the state to receive a 2014 Programs that Work award from the Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition. The award recognizes exemplary programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics that show evidence of a positive impact on student or teacher learning.
The BA in Earth science program was started in 2006 in the department of geology and environmental science so students could graduate with the requirements needed to teach Earth science in Virginia high schools. Before 2006, no such targeted programs existed and prospective Earth science teachers had to complete at least nine hours of additional coursework to meet state and federal requirements as "highly qualified" teachers.
Programs that Work awardees must have been conducted for a minimum of two full years, must include an evaluation component and must demonstrate that the program is sustainable and can be replicated by others. The Programs that Work Awards have been given by the Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition for more than 10 years.
Dr. Eric Pyle, professor of geology and environmental science, helped start the program at JMU and will attend the awards ceremonies Monday, Jan. 13 at the Virginia General Assembly Building and at the Library of Virginia.
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Published Jan. 10, 2014