IGERT Urban Ecology at UW
The mission of the IGERT Urban Ecology was “to improve Earth’s condition by engaging policy makers, scientists, students and citizens in the generation, teaching and use of knowledge about the interactions between humans and ecological processes in urbanizing environments.”
In December 2004, CIRGE presented the results of three years formative and summative evaluative work to the Urban Ecology IGERT faculty, students, departmental chairs, and campus administration.
The report, Urban Ecology Mid-term Evaluation and the University of Washington, presented findings and recommendations for a number of significant program changes for the remaining years of this IGERT. As part of the evaluation activities, CIRGE innovative consultant conducted a series of workshops for faculty and students on program and time management, on teamwork and team teaching, and on conflict resolution.
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CIRGE facilitated the collaboration of the Urban Ecology IGERT with another urban ecology doctoral program in Berlin, Germany. We added another pair of doctoral programs (Boston University Bioinformatics IGERT and Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany Systems Biology Graduiertenkolleg) to the evaluation research project to provide a broader base for the generalization of findings.
CIRGE undertaken two important research activities with these innovative doctoral programs:
- CIRGE supported implementing and maintaining collaboration included conducting workshops to prepare the visits abroad of faculty and students; facilitating feedback sessions with students and faculty from both programs at the end of joint international workshops; and facilitating ongoing feedback for faculty regarding the collaborative process to improve communication, information, and organizational planning.
- CIRGE conducted formative evaluation focusing on the ongoing activities of the project. We analyzed similarities and differences between the programs, the institutional structures and conditions that support or hinder international cooperation, and we assessed the progress in personal relations and communication processes. During the last year we focused on the (a) process of collaboration, (b) individual expectations, and (c) institutional goals and limitations.
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