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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 51.70
Liaison Gail Valentine
Submission Date July 5, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Bryant University
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Gaytha Langlois
Chair, Science & Technology Department
Science & Technology Department
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Does the institution have an ongoing incentives program or programs that meet the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

A brief description of the program(s), including positive outcomes during the previous three years:

The university has an incentive program for developing creative and innovative courses. An earlier proposal that a special focus be offered within the incentive program to encourage the inclusion of sustainability topics into existing or new courses was submitted, but not yet approved. Incentives for faculty members who participate in the program could include course releases, small stipends, or specialized off-campus training opportunities. We envision seeking a small grant to fund sustainability training for Bryant University faculty.


A brief description of the incentives that faculty members who participate in the program(s) receive:

Incentives for faculty members who participate in the program could include course releases, small stipends, or specialized off-campus training opportunities. We envision seeking a small grant to fund sustainability training for Bryant University faculty.

Additionally, the Innovation Center provides small grants to develop new approaches for teaching. These grants could be utilized for developing sustainability-related projects. Director Michael Roberto has indicated that sustainability-related project ideas would be welcomed by the faculty review committee. Additionally, in conjunction with the new learning facility on campus, faculty have been asked to submit ideas for utilizing the new Academic Innovation Center. These new adaptations for courses could also be used to expand coverage of sustainability themes. The following links explain these opportunities:

http://www.bryant.edu/about/centers-and- institutes/center-for- program-innovation.htm


The website URL where information about the incentive program(s) is available:

The present faculty incentive program for new course development could be adapted to provide encouragement for new sustainability courses, or for adding sustainability focus to existing courses.

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