TOPIC 1. OUT-OF-STATE STUDENTS PAY MORE THAN
IN-STATE STUDENTS AT SOME FIELD CAMP COURSES.
This disparity results from regulations issued
by state government or governing boards, and neglects the factor
that the site of the course is generally held in another state.
It increases field camp costs for the students, causing some to
avoid going to camp, and thus negatively impacts profitability of
the camp. Some state universities have solved or partially
solved the problem.
If the situation can be ameliorated, it will
reduce costs for the out-of-state student (in a situation where
all students are “out-of-state”). It would also help provide more
financial stability by increasing camp enrollment.
Suggestions for solutions:
Prepare a letter
advocating an adjustment downward for costs to an out-of-state student,
to be signed by several professional society presidents, addressed
to the university president, and sent to the department chair/head
for use in a local effort to improve the situation.
programs or consortia with a result of a common tuition.
Examples of what
charges out-of –state students the in-state graduate level tuition
(still higher than in-state undergrad tuition).
University classes the field camp course as an extension course,
avoiding fees charged all students who take on-campus courses.
2. RISK AND
LIABILITY TO THE UNIVERSITY AND FACULTY, AND TO LANDOWNERS AND MINERAL
society has created problems for those teaching students in the
field and to landowners and producers kind enough to allow access
to their lands and operations. Each is at financial risk.
issue will contain costs and overcome reluctance to participate.
Develop a data-base
of statistics to help frame the risk
Prepare a complete
list of hazards for each site
Learn from the corporate model: safety is paramount.
Develop a health and safety plan for the camp, then advertise the
fact heavily (especially to insurers). Have risk management
personnel prepare the health and safety plan for the camp, then
improve it with lessons-learned on an annual basis. Ensure that
every student and faculty member has a copy of the hazards list.
Conduct regular health and safety briefings for all camp personnel.
Devise metrics to measure or track safety and health issues, such
as person-hours without a camp-related injury.
companies about group coverage and/or approach AAPG about a possible
link to their plans
MAJORING IN GEOLOGY COSTS MORE THAN OTHER
MAJORS, DISCOURAGING ENROLLMENT
Field camp costs
(on average) more than $2,000 (without the penalty for out-of-state
students) and precludes or minimizes summer income opportunities.
Students who may not want to practice geology as a career and students
in difficult financial shape seek a lower cost major.
A solution to
this would increase enrollment and provide a greater diversity of
support for NAGT Field Camp Scholarships
to the six-week course
In K-12, build greater awareness of, enthusiasm
for, and curiosity about field study. An example is the various
K-12 curricula now under development by AGI.
MAINTAINING FUNDING FOR THE
FIELD CAMP COURSE AND OTHER FIELD EXPERIENCES
Administrators commonly take the position that
field camps and other field experiences must pay for themselves.
Permanent camp facilities carry fixed annual costs, and these become
difficult to spread over fewer students. We need to keep field
camp and other field experiences affordable to students.
The goal is to
maintain ready access to high quality educational opportunities
at reasonable costs.
Measure the capacity of the whole system of field
camp education, and consider consolidations.
Raise funds dedicated
to field camp from alums
Develop a booklet
to guide students in how to choose a field camp course
Examine whether the airline or hotel models of
pricing and booking could be used to cost-effectively attract more
students. For example, use a central clearinghouse to advertise
the camp(s) and book students using incentives such as discounts
for early booking/commitment.
Prepared on behalf
of Team 2 by Robert G. Corbett and R. Michael Beathard