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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 Silver
Overall Score 48.07
Liaison Kathy Johnson
Submission Date April 21, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Black Hills State University
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.62 / 8.00 Dan Asunskis
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Chemistry
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Total number of graduates from degree programs (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, certificates, and other academic designations):
633

Number of students that graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
49

Percentage of students who graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
7.74

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

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):

Undergraduate
• American Indian Studies
Demonstrate their awareness of international connections in issues such as ecology, business, esthetics, politics, immigration, literature, technology, economics, etc. Relate non-western perspectives and experiences to those of the west so that both the awareness of their interrelatedness and the breaking down of barriers between them is evident. Identify and compare western knowledge with non-western paradigms to clarify the cultural constructs inherent in intellectual and aesthetic expressions.
• Environmental Physical Science
Environmental Physical Science majors and Earth Science minors will master basic concepts of the identification, study, and treatment of a variety of environmental problems. The program addresses ground and surface water quality and management, waste treatment, land-use planning, soil testing, containment chemistry and monitoring, hazardous waste disposal, land reclamation and energy management and production.
• History
The student will demonstrate awareness of international connections in issues such as ecology, business, aesthetics, politics, immigration, literature technology, and economics.
• Outdoor Education
The student will demonstrate environmental literacy through questioning, analysis, and interpretation skills, and knowledge of environmental processes and systems.
• Political Science
Students will have a demonstrable ability to apply the principles and knowledge of government and politics to issues/conditions/situations of modern life. In addition, as a result of taking courses meeting this goal, students will be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of at least one of the following: 1d. The origin and evolution of human institutions; 1e. The allocation of human or natural resources within societies.
• Sociology
The student will demonstrate awareness of international connections in issues such as ecology, business, aesthetics, politics, immigration, literature, technology, economics, and so on.


Graduate
MS Sustainability
Program goals include:
1. Graduate will recognize and analyze interconnections within and between social, environmental/ecological, and economic systems pertaining to sustainability.
2. Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of how social, environmental, and economic systems work cohesively and interdependently to foster or impede sustainability.
3. Graduates will implement and evaluate performance matrices and methodologies to demonstrate economic value and environmental impact of sustainability initiatives.
4. Graduates will analyze the role of human attitudes and values in fostering and impeding sustainability.
5. Graduates will recognize environmental conflicts in the context of human values, economic inequities, power, globalization, and political interests.
6. Graduates will analyze statutory approaches such as federal disclosures, corporate disclosures, Clear Air Act, Clean Water Act, “Cradle to Grave” regulation, remedial liability for toxic cleanup.
7. Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of power balance between federal and state governments in environmental regulation and regulatory issues.
8. Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of interconnections between nature, matter, and energy.
9. Graduates will evaluate various sources of energy and their limitation and implications.
10. Graduates will analyze and explain economics-environment interaction, supply & demand in context of sustainability, and economic models of sustainable development.
11. Graduates will develop creative, adaptive solutions to sustainability challenges; evaluate challenges and real-world solutions using a broad range of methods of inquiry and analyses.


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:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:

Graduate numbers updated for Fiscal Year 2017 (Summer 2016, Fall 2016, and Spring 2017)

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.