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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 69.28
Liaison Austin Eriksson
Submission Date Feb. 29, 2016
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STARS v2.0

California State University, Northridge
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 6.25 / 8.00 Helen Cox
Director, Institute for Sustainability
Institute for Sustainability
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Number of students who graduated from a program that has adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
7,258

Total number of graduates from degree programs:
9,290

A copy of the list or inventory of degree, diploma or certificate programs that have sustainability learning outcomes:
A list of degree, diploma or certificate programs that have sustainability learning outcomes:

Sustainability learning outcomes are included in eight areas of General Education required of all undergraduate degree programs. They are listed below. In addition sustainability-specific SLOs are met by those courses which are categorized as sustainability-focused. One graduate program was identified as having sustainability-specific SLOs.


A list or sample of the sustainability learning outcomes associated with degree, diploma or certificate programs (if not included in an inventory above):

Students will:
Analyze and compare perspective, meaning and style in different texts, including those that reflect multicultural images and voices.
Use investigative and analytical thinking skills to examine alternatives, explore complex questions and solve challenging problems.
Evaluate contexts, attitudes, values, and responses of different audiences.
Demonstrate an ability to apply scientific knowledge and to critically assess real-world issues and make sound decisions.
Analyze, interpret and reflect critically upon ideas of value, meaning, discourse and expression from a variety of perspectives from the arts and/or humanities.
Describe and explain the historical and/or cultural context within which a body of work was created or a tradition emerged.
Analyze and explain the multiple perspectives found in the social sciences that underlie debates on important historical and contemporary issues.
Demonstrate an understanding of how social problems impact individuals, communities and societies.
Identify and actively engage in behaviors conducive to individual health, well-being or development, and understand the value of maintaining these behaviors throughout their lifespan.
Identify and apply strategies leading to health, well-being or development for community members of diverse populations.
Apply the knowledge and skills of science and technology and evaluate how they impact individuals, the community and/or society.
Describe and explain how race, ethnicity, class, gender, religion, sexuality and other markers of social identity impact life experiences and social relations.
Analyze and explain the deleterious impact and the privileges sustained by racism, sexism, ethnocentrism, classism, homophobia, religious intolerance or stereotyping on all sectors of society.
Be able to define sustainability and understand how concepts of sustainability are connected to issues of social justice, the environment, and the economy at local, regional, and global levels.
Demonstrate knowledge of key concepts related to the study of sustainability, including planetary carrying capacity, climate change, and ecological footprint.
Be able to explain how sustainability relates to their lives and their values, and how their actions impact issues of sustainability at the individual, and at local, regional, and global levels.


The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability learning outcomes is available:

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.