Creating coherence among academic environmental programs

Creating coherence among academic environmental programs: The work of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors of the National Council for Science and the Environment
Friday, September 19, 2003
7:30 - 8:30 pm

Moderator:
Brad Smith, Dean, Huxley College of Environmental Sciences- Western Washington University and President-elect- Council of Environmental Deans and Directors

Abstract:
Interdisciplinary study of the environment at the undergraduate level has shown tremendous growth since the mid-1960s. However, most programs are independently conceived based on the interests of faculty and the institutional structure at the sponsoring university. In addition, the vast range of scientific fields and perspectives represented in environmental research and education has made it challenging for academic environmental leaders to know one another, let alone learn from one another.

In 2000, the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) facilitated the creation of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD) as a means of allowing environmental leaders to communicate, cooperate and collaborate. CEDD with its more than 100 members is already transforming environmental research and education. This session features the work of CEDD to catalog programs and to understand perspectives on curriculum with the intention of improving environmental education on the nation's campuses.