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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 Bronze
Overall Score 33.27
Liaison Julia Angstmann
Submission Date Oct. 10, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Butler University
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 8.00 Carmen Salsbury
Dr.
Science, Technology, and Environmental Studies
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Total number of graduates from degree programs (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, certificates, and other academic designations):
1,154

Number of students that graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
0

Percentage of students who graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
0

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):

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES LEARNING OUTCOMES - adopted Spring 2015 (no graduates at time of reporting)
1. Analyze and investigate the scientific basis of environmental issues facing both human societies and the rest of the living world in modern times.
2. Analyze and investigate challenges to solving environmental issues that stem from practical considerations tied to the political, economic, social, and ethical perspectives on the environment.
3. Research and communicate (in writing, orally, and symbolically) information from an interdisciplinary perspective pertaining to the environment.


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:

Sustainability-focused or -related courses specified in our course audit found in AC1 all include 1 or more learning outcome. A sustainability-focused learning outcome connects the concepts of the economy, equity, and the environment. A sustainability-related course will connect the 2 of these concepts.

The number reported above are graduates from the Science, Technology, and Society (STS) program. While this program doesn't have program-level sustainability learning outcomes (see below), STS students gain exposure to sustainability concepts through upper-level elective courses from the Science, Technology, and Environmental Studies interdisciplinary program. Because these are optional upper-level elective courses, graduates from the STS program were not included in the figure reported above.

STS STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES – adopted Fall 2014
1. Analyze and investigate the interaction between science and technology, and social forces (e.g. economics, culture, religion, and politics)
2. Analyze and explain how science and technology influence, and are influenced by language, communication, and practices of public translation and transmission.
3. Describe and assess the philosophical, scientific, and moral standards that should guide the conduct of scientific research and technological development.
4. Research, write and speak from an interdisciplinary perspective about issues concerning science and technology as they relate to society.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Butler University has approved the introduction of a new core class requirement for all students: Social Justice and Diversity. Once the mandatory SJD credit is implemented in the curriculum, we will have sustainability-related learning outcomes at the institution level. The development of this core requirement is in its early stages as of Spring 2018 so we cannot award ourselves credit for the SJD program at this time.

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.