Location

Cascades

Event Website

http://www.cpe.vt.edu/cuenr/index.html

Start Date

26-3-2010 4:30 PM

End Date

26-3-2010 5:00 PM

Description

In an effort to attract more students to the forest sciences, Purdue University and U.S. Senator Richard Lugar have initiated a program designed to introduce students to the forest sciences. Although the primary audience of the program is high school students, the curriculum is being designed for delivery as an optional for‐credit class targeting non‐forestry majors and as a course to enhance two‐year community college agriculture curricula. The program consists of two parts. The first part of the program is an online academic core that consists of 7 modules. Faculty in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources review and contribute to the course content. Portions of the delivery utilize student voices and web video. The modules cover a variety of forest science topics including biology, ecology, benefits, and policy. Delivery utilizes a full array of distance delivery methods including an online course, two‐way video, and a blog. The 7 module portion is about a 2 academic credit equivalent. In part two of the program, students undertakes a research project which is mentored by natural resources professionals and the student’s high school science or Agricultural Science and Business Teachers. After completing the research project, the student presents their findings at the FNR department’s on‐campus research symposium as a poster. Course materials are being mapped to the Indiana Department of Education’s PK12 teaching standards, making the curriculum components teachable by Indiana high school teachers as an optional delivery method. The course is also being proposed as a numbered academic course at Purdue as an Introduction to Forestry distance course. High school students taking the course using this academic credit option can apply their credits to Indiana’s high school graduation program called Core 40 with Honors. The program uses a common curriculum with variable delivery to introduce a variety of students to forest sciences. High achieving students are encouraged to pursue a degree in forestry. The program website is http://www.ag.purdue.edu/fnr/Lugar/Pages/default.aspx I propose to provide an overview of this program and share feedback from students, who will by the date of the conference be in their second month of the program.

Comments

Citation: Johnson, R.R., R.K. Swihart. 2010. Attracting students to forestry: the Lugar Purdue future of forestry programs and awards. UENR Biennial Conference, Session Recruitment and Enrollment, Paper Number 6. http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/cuenr/Sessions/Recruitment/6/.

 
Mar 26th, 4:30 PM Mar 26th, 5:00 PM

Attracting Students to Forestry: The Lugar ­Purdue Future of Forestry Programs and Awards

Cascades

In an effort to attract more students to the forest sciences, Purdue University and U.S. Senator Richard Lugar have initiated a program designed to introduce students to the forest sciences. Although the primary audience of the program is high school students, the curriculum is being designed for delivery as an optional for‐credit class targeting non‐forestry majors and as a course to enhance two‐year community college agriculture curricula. The program consists of two parts. The first part of the program is an online academic core that consists of 7 modules. Faculty in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources review and contribute to the course content. Portions of the delivery utilize student voices and web video. The modules cover a variety of forest science topics including biology, ecology, benefits, and policy. Delivery utilizes a full array of distance delivery methods including an online course, two‐way video, and a blog. The 7 module portion is about a 2 academic credit equivalent. In part two of the program, students undertakes a research project which is mentored by natural resources professionals and the student’s high school science or Agricultural Science and Business Teachers. After completing the research project, the student presents their findings at the FNR department’s on‐campus research symposium as a poster. Course materials are being mapped to the Indiana Department of Education’s PK12 teaching standards, making the curriculum components teachable by Indiana high school teachers as an optional delivery method. The course is also being proposed as a numbered academic course at Purdue as an Introduction to Forestry distance course. High school students taking the course using this academic credit option can apply their credits to Indiana’s high school graduation program called Core 40 with Honors. The program uses a common curriculum with variable delivery to introduce a variety of students to forest sciences. High achieving students are encouraged to pursue a degree in forestry. The program website is http://www.ag.purdue.edu/fnr/Lugar/Pages/default.aspx I propose to provide an overview of this program and share feedback from students, who will by the date of the conference be in their second month of the program.

http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/cuenr/Sessions/Recruitment/6