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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
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STARS v2.0

Bryant University
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Carol DeMoranville
Associate Provost
Bryant University
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Does the institution have a program to encourage student sustainability research that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s program(s) to encourage student research in sustainability:

Undergraduate and graduate research studies in Science & Technology are jointly funded with a variety of governmental grants from NSF EPSCoR, NIH INBRE, and NASA, along with financial and facility support from Bryant University. In addition, faculty in other departments, such as Marketing, receive summer research grants/stipends from the University for inter-disciplinary sustainability-related research.

The SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow) program also provides opportunities for student research. See links below for more information:

http://www.bryant.edu/news/news-articles/2015/07/30/seven-bryant-students-to-present-research-at-statewide-surf-conference/

http://web.uri.edu/inbre/2013/10/15/undergraduate-research-opportunities-at-the-primarily-undergraduate-institutions/

http://expspace.risd.edu/?collaborator=christopher-reid

http://web.uri.edu/rinsfepscor/tag/bryant-university/


The website URL where information about the student research program is available:
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Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty sustainability research that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s program(s) to encourage faculty research in sustainability:

Although there are no campus wide programs specifically dedicated to sustainability research, most research conducted in the Science & Technology Department is completed using campus facilities and equipment, and the mission of the Department includes a strong commitment to sustainability studies. Sustainability research is outlined in Faculty Contracts as a field supported by the University.

Promotion and tenure decisions have both an administrative and a faculty review process. For both of those faculty research is carefully reviewed. Both administrators and faculty committees (departmental and university-wide) give credit for inter-, trans-, and multi-disciplinary research.


The website URL where information about the faculty research program is available:
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Has the institution formally adopted policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:
Yes

A brief description or the text of the institution’s policy regarding interdisciplinary research:

All faculty research is tied to reappointment, promotion, tenure and merit pay.

Language around interdisciplinary research is outlined in Faculty Contracts. The University supports faculty and students (both undergraduate and graduate levels) to work across laboratories and disciplines, this includes the sharing of budgets, knowledge, and supplies.


The website URL where information about the treatment of interdisciplinary research is available:
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Does the institution provide ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's library support for sustainability research and learning:

Library resources for sustainability research and learning include a wide variety of electronic resources, access to interlibrary loan arrangements, faculty recommended reference materials, and maintenance of the Digital Commons where all student research theses and reports are posted and available to any scholar to use. Faculty publications are placed in a variety of scholarly journals, each of which has its own access policies, but faculty can post any qualified scholarly documents of their choice in the Digital Commons. An example would be the Faculty Working Series papers.
The library’s subject guide on science is available here:
http://library.bryant.edu/research-help/scienceresearchguide/


The website URL where information about the institution's library support for sustainability is available:
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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.