The Earth Sciences need women!

In the United States, men outnumber women in many science and engineering fields by nearly 3 to 1. In fields like physics or the geosciences, the gender gap can be even wider. Emily Fischer, professor of atmospheric science at Colorado State University, is the lead investigator on a $1.7 million National Science Foundation grant to close that gap in the geosciences, which encompass mining and geology, atmospheric sciences, issues related to natural resource management, natural disaster forecasting, and oceanography. Developing a program Fischer and her team intend to bolster the number of female undergraduate students earning degrees in the geosciences or going on to graduate school in these fields. They are developing a program to be piloted on the Colorado Front Range and in the Carolinas. Team members include: Silvia Sara Canetto, CSU psychology professor; Paul R. Hernandez, professor of educational psychology at West Virginia University; Laura Sample McMeeking, associate director of CSU’s STEM Center; Rebecca Barnes, professor of environmental sciences at Colorado College; Sandra Clinton, professor of geography and earth sciences at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, and Manda Adams, a professor associated with the University of North Carolina-Charlotte who is currently on an appointment at NSF (working with the geoscience project team as part of her independent research and development program). Emily Fischer “We want to build the pipeline of female students entering the geosciences,” Fischer said. “Females are underrepresented in the geosciences – at about 16 percent of the workforce. That is the picture in my field too - women represent about 15 percent of atmospheric scientists. It’s even lower when you get into geology.” 2015 and beyond Starting in 2015, the team will recruit 50 first-year female students from CSU, the University of Colorado-Boulder, and the University of Wyoming to attend a workshop where they will learn about educational and career opportunities and meet peers with similar interests. The team will simultaneously recruit a cohort of students from the University of North Carolina Charlotte, Duke University, and the University of South Carolina. From there, the students will be mentored in person by local members of the Earth Science Women’s Network, a nonprofit organization. In addition, female students will have access to a web platform that will enable national-scale peer mentoring. “We are patterning this intervention after outreach programs that we know have been successful with advanced undergraduate and graduate-level women,” Fischer said. “We want to see if this can work with female undergraduate students and get more of them interested in pursuing careers in the geosciences.” Canetto, Hernandez, and Sample McMeeking also will evaluate the program’s effectiveness. The goal is to design an effective, inexpensive recruitment and retention program that can be a model for other universities. “There is evidence that mentoring seems to be an effective tool for women in various disciplines, but there is no scientific data for women in the geosciences,” Fischer said. “We want to collect real data from these students. We want to understand whether mentoring works for undergraduate women in the geosciences and exactly how beneficial these efforts could be.”

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Year in Review: 2013-14

This is the fifth year CSU’s Division of External Relations has compiled the Year in Review video, highlighting innovations, teaching and learning, research, and the traditions and events that made for a remarkable year.

“We accomplish so much here and I really appreciate that we do it as a true community,” said Tom Milligan, Vice President for External Relations. “We hope this video captures how unique our community and our achievements are.”

“Together we did a lot of great things this year and it’s worth taking a look back to appreciate what we accomplished and where we’re going,” Milligan said.

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CSU earns spots on two elite lists of green colleges

sustainability-inforgraphic-10thingsCSU has garnered even more recognition for sustainability, earning a high slot in Sierra Magazine's "Coolest Schools" ranking of top green colleges in addition to being on The Princeton Review's Green Honor Roll for 2015.

CSU appears in the 11th position on the list of nearly 175 universities published by the Sierra Club. The Sierra ranking recognizes commitment to upholding high environmental standards.

The ranking comes on the heels of CSU’s being named to The Princeton Review 2015 Green Honor Roll. This elite list includes only 24 universities across the nation, all of which scored 99 out of 99 on an annual sustainability assessment.

“As home to some of the world’s most respected environmental scientists, scholars and programs, Colorado State has a longstanding commitment to sustainability education and sustainable operations,” said Colorado State President Tony Frank. “We are particularly grateful to the students, faculty and staff who, year after year, continue to come up with innovative ways to reduce our environmental impact, improve our responsible use of resources, and deepen our understanding of our planet and its environment. This ranking represents an extraordinary, communitywide commitment over a long period of time.”

Green Honor Roll recognizes broad range of efforts

The Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll tallied scores for 861 colleges. Reviewers looked at a broad range of sustainability factors including recycling and waste diversion programs, course offerings, food programs, alternative transportation programs, efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and sustainability learning outcomes.

The Green Honor Roll is released as part of the Princeton Review’s guide for students who want to attend green colleges. It also includes Columbia University, Cornell, Stanford, Harvard and Lewis & Clark College. The only other Colorado university to make the list is the Colorado Springs campus of the University of Colorado.

The Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll is released in conjunction with the 2015 edition of “The 379 Best Colleges” in the nation, where CSU was listed among the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education today. Students surveyed by The Princeton Review say that CSU is a “hidden gem,” providing hands-on experience to prepare students for the real world in a place that offers a “wonderful education, friendly people and an awesome culture” along with “excellent” green efforts and a myriad of research opportunities. As part of the ranking, the university also was named a Best Western College. CSU makes Sierra Magazine list CSU’s inclusion on the Sierra ranking marks a first in the university’s history. Universities are recognized for research, innovative solutions to power campuses, and recycling, among other wide-ranging sustainability commitments, based on a survey of more than 150 universities across the nation. The current list is the magazine’s eight annual ranking. CSU was the only Colorado university in the top 25; University of Colorado-Boulder ranked 37th. “Colorado State University is tremendously proud of its accomplishments in sustainability, and we continue to strive toward leading other universities in setting the bar for teaching and modeling sustainability,” said Amy Parsons, vice president for University Operations. “CSU provides a unique place for students and for employees to pursue their passion for sustainability and making a difference through education and innovation.” Colorado State is the leading university in STARS, a national sustainability tracking and assessment rating system, considered the most comprehensive and well-respected college and university sustainability assessment system. CSU currently holds the highest score ever awarded. In addition, Colorado State is home to 13 LEED Gold buildings, including two buildings currently pursuing LEED Platinum certification. CSU also founded the first on-campus emission control program in the United States, and was one of the first universities in the nation to offer green power to students who live on campus. Today the Fort Collins campus is powered in part by  one of the largest solar arrays installed on any college campus.

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College Scorecard places CSU among the top universities for quality and affordability

Colorado State University, among the nation's leading research universities, also ranks highly for graduation rates and affordability, according to the newly released College Scorecard developed by the U.S. Department of Education. World-class education

researchThe College Scorecard makes it easier to search information about a college’s value and affordability.

“Students at CSU are getting a world-class education and outstanding undergraduate research opportunities, and the new College Scorecard shows we’re also providing an exceptional value,” CSU President Tony Frank said. “Our students are graduating at a higher rate, leaving CSU with less debt than the national average, and defaulting on their student loans at a much lower rate than their peers. In fact, thanks to our emphasis on providing more student scholarships and aid, the average net price our students pay to attend CSU went down even as tuition was going up. This is great information for students to have when they’re weighing their college options.”

CSU is the most affordable research university in Colorado while boasting a high graduation rate, according to the U.S. Department of Education. The College Scorecard also shows that the university is the only institution among Colorado’s research universities to decrease in average net price in recent years. CSU’s graduates have a low loan default rate of only 4.8 percent, while the national average is 14.7 percent. Record enrollment, high retention The high marks from the College Scorecard come at a time when CSU is consistently seeing record enrollment and strong retention rates. The College Scorecard website contains information from colleges around the country and can be found at the website. Premier research university

USNews_students(1)Colorado State University is one of the nation’s premier research universities routinely highlighted in national rankings recognizing top universities and programs:

  • CSU is featured in the 2015 edition of Fiske Guide to Colleges. Compiled by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, The Fiske Guide includes the “best and most interesting” colleges in the nation.
  • Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranked CSU’s College of Business as one of the top undergraduate business programs in the country for 2014. CSU  ranked No. 73 in this year’s BusinessWeek rankings, up from No. 89 last year.
  • For the fifth year in a row CSU has been named a Military Friendly School, in the company of the top 15 percent of all colleges, universities and trade schools. The list, published by GI Jobs magazine, recognizes higher education institutions that embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.
  • ranked CSU’s Department of Design and Merchandising in the upper echelon of fashion design and merchandising programs in the nation for 2014. CSU’s department was ranked ninth in the country in the fashion merchandising category and 16th nationally for fashion design. CSU was ranked second in the Southwest region in both fields.
  • CSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences programs rank in the top 10 percent of the world’s best universities according to the 2013 Academic Ranking of World Universities.
  • CSU’s College of Business ranks in the top 15 percent of the world’s best universities for its research, according to the 2013 Academic Ranking of World Universities.
  • CSU is listed among the nation’s best universities by Princeton Review, a New-York-based educational services company. Students surveyed say that CSU is a “hidden gem” that offers a “wonderful education, friendly people, and awesome culture,” along with “excellent” green efforts, a strong engineering program, and myriad research opportunities. CSU also cares about its students becoming active members in the community, according to the 2014 Princeton Review “Best 378 Colleges.”
  • CSU is among Forbes’ Top Colleges for 2013. The university ranks among the top Research Universities and Universities in the West.
  • US_News_HorseCSU’s professional doctoral veterinary medicine program is ranked No. 3 in the nation according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 Best Graduate Schools edition. The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences consistently places among the top three vet schools in the nation. It is also ranked third in the nation in federal research dollars.
  • The professional program in the Department of Occupational Therapy in CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences - designated a “Program of Excellence” by the state of Colorado - ranks No. 6 among similar programs nationwide according to U.S. News and World Report in its 2014 Best Graduate Schools edition.
  • CSU’s College of Business part-time MBA program was ranked 34th in the nation in the U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 Best Graduate Schools edition. The program was the highest ranked one of its kind in Colorado.
  • CSU’s graduate programs in science, engineering and business also were recognized as some of the best in the nation by U.S. News and World Report in its 2014 Best Graduate Schools edition. Civil engineering and chemistry were both ranked in the top 50.
  • CSU’s online Psychology undergraduate degree completion program, Human Development and Family Studies undergraduate degree completion program, Master of Engineering, Civil Engineering specialization and Master of Computer Science and Information Technology were independently reviewed and ranked by as top "Best Buys.” The data-driven lists spotlight the most affordable online degrees from regionally accredited colleges.
  • CSU’s College of Business is among the “Best Administered” business schools in the nation according to Princeton Review. CSU’s College of Business ranks fourth in the nation in the “Best 296 Business Schools” book for 2013.

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