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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 73.41
Liaison Fletcher Alexander
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2018
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STARS v2.1

California State University, Chico
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 7.37 / 8.00 James Pushnik
Director and Rawlins Professor of Environmental Literacy
Institute for Sustainable Development
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Total number of graduates from degree programs (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, certificates, and other academic designations):

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

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

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

Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the institution level (e.g. covering all students)?:

Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the division level (e.g. covering particular schools or colleges within the institution)?:

A list or brief description of the institution level or division level sustainability learning outcomes:

All students completing General Education must complete at least one course that satisfies the Sustainability Learning Outcomes. Students opting for the GE Pathway in Sustainability complete a Minor in Sustainability Studies.

The Student Learning Outcomes for our General Education program flow from the recognition that certain essential intellectual and practical skills rest at the foundation of a high-quality General Education program. These include effective written and oral communication, critical thinking, and mathematical reasoning skills. Additional Student Learning Outcomes arise from the values that the program seeks to foster. these include active inquiry, personal and social responsibility, sustainability, diversity, and global engagement.

Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the program level (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, degrees, diplomas, certificates, and other academic designations)?:

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

General Education Pathway in Sustainability Learning Outcomes:

1. Explore what sustainability is and can be in social and economic systems.

2. Explain how sustainability relates to their own lives, and how their individual actions have an impact on all dimensions, locally, regionally, and globally.

3. Recognize the physical and biological attributes, basic functioning, and limits of planetary ecosystems.

4. Understand the dynamics between environmental, economic, and social systems and debate the basic principles of environmental ethics

5. Appreciate that sustainable economic and social systems are dependent on ecosystem goods and services.

6. Realize that humans are integral parts of the natural world and are not separate from it.

7. Examine how a vital society can maintain healthy ecosystems and create strong and just economic systems.

8. Investigate how our relationship to the natural world has been shaped historically, politically, culturally and economically.

9. Comprehend and examine the controversies surrounding questions of values and ethics as they relate to creating a sustainable future.

10. To understand the role of technology in moving towards a sustainable future.

11. Understand how religious, philosophical, literary, and cultural traditions and texts could affect our perception of sustainability, and vice-versa.

12. Practice a variety of forms of communication in order to understand its role in shaping beliefs and actions on sustainability issues.

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)?:

A list or brief description of the course level sustainability learning outcomes and the programs for which the courses are required:


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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.