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NOAA Education Accomplishments

Advancing NOAA's mission through education

Each year, the NOAA education community helps connect and inspire millions of people with NOAA's mission. The Education Council gathers information on the reach, progress, and impacts of these efforts and reports them through annual output measures and accomplishments reports.

Looking west from East Anacapa Island. California, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.
Inspiration Point: Looking west from East Anacapa Island. California, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. (Claire Fackler/NOAA)

FY15 common measures

NOAA’s common measures are collected from programs across NOAA and are one way we communicate the reach of our investments to the public, students, and educators. Partners such as academic institutions, educational organizations, and other federal, state, and local agencies extend our ability to reach our target audiences.

Over 61 million people visited informal education institutions hosting NOAA supported exhibits or programs that enhance stewardship and promote decision making.

Nearly 530 institutions increased educational capacity through NOAA-funded interpretive/educational centers, exhibits or programs.

Over 2.6 million youth and adults participated in NOAA supported informal education programs that enhance stewardship and promote informed decision making.

Over 360,000 preK-12 students participated in NOAA supported formal education programs that enhance understanding and use of NOAA science and other resources.

Over 25,000 educators participated in NOAA supported professional development programs that enhance understanding and use of NOAA science and other resources.

Over 31 million people visited NOAA Education websites that support a broad spectrum of educational activities and provide critical information to the nation.

Over 4,000 postsecondary students trained in NOAA-mission related sciences through NOAA-funded higher education programs that prepare students for career paths at NOAA and related organizations.

Nearly 570 postsecondary degrees in NOAA-related disciplines awarded to students who were supported by NOAA in higher education programs.

Accomplishment reports

These resports features stories that illustrate how we connect the nation with NOAA-related sciences, places, products, and services.

Education accomplishments for fiscal years 2009-2011 appear in the NOAA Blue Book - Budget Summary.