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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.35
Liaison Laurie Husted
Submission Date June 9, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Bard College
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.51 / 8.00 Peter Klein
Assist Professor Sociology & Env & Urban Studies
Sociology
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Total number of graduates from degree programs (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, certificates, and other academic designations):
1,405

Number of students that graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
90

Percentage of students who graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
6.41

Do the figures reported above cover one, two, or three academic years?:
Three

Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the institution level (e.g. covering all students)?:
No

Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the division level (e.g. covering particular schools or colleges within the institution)?:
No

A list or brief description of the institution level or division level sustainability learning outcomes:
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Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the program level (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, degrees, diplomas, certificates, and other academic designations)?:
Yes

A list or brief description of the program level sustainability learning outcomes (or a list of sustainability-focused programs):

Environmental and Urban Studies:
The Environmental and Urban Studies (EUS) program is designed to encourage students to engage intellectually across the disciplines as well as to acquire practical skill sets and experience addressing urban and environmental challenges. Students study in several rigorous interdisciplinary and disciplinary core courses, complete an internship and a practicum, and attend the EUS colloquium. To balance transdisciplinary breadth with depth in a particular discipline, each student also selects intermediate and advanced courses in a chosen Focus Area. Expertise developed through the Focus Area studies (particularly during the Junior year) prepares the student for the Senior Project.

Anthropology:
The core of the program consists of topical courses that examine human life in relation to global debates about cultural identity formations, through language, religion, gender systems, racial categories, class dynamics, and popular culture. In addition, anthropology productively challenges dominant understandings about development and the environment. Comparative in scope, the discipline is concerned with how individuals and communities produce social and cultural meanings within a transcultural world created by an international division of labor, the wide proliferation and consumption of media, and the commodification of culture. Strengths of the faculty span across a wide variety of areas: Africa; Latin America and the Caribbean; South and Southeast Asia; Australasia (the Pacific); and the United States.

Sociology:
Through a combination of interdisciplinary coursework, internships and field research, and a required senior thesis project, students come to locate questions of environmental justice and sustainability within the framework of civil and human rights. Rights are understood in a broadly inclusive sense, and students are expected to demonstrate a sophisticated knowledge of the inter-related character of human and non-human agents within a context that includes environmental and climatic forces (Thomas Keenan)

Human Rights:
Through a combination of interdisciplinary coursework, internships and field research, and a required senior thesis project, students come to locate questions of environmental justice and sustainability within the framework of civil and human rights. Rights are understood in a broadly inclusive sense, and students are expected to demonstrate a sophisticated knowledge of the inter-related character of human and non-human agents within a context that includes environmental and climatic forces.


Do course level sustainability learning outcomes contribute to the figure reported above (i.e. in the absence of program, division, or institution level learning outcomes)?:
No

A list or brief description of the course level sustainability learning outcomes and the programs for which the courses are required:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.