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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 52.21
Liaison David Husemoller
Submission Date June 7, 2017
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STARS v2.1

College of Lake County
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.72 / 8.00 David Husemoller
Sustainability Manager
Facilities
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Total number of graduates from degree programs (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, certificates, and other academic designations):
1,850

Number of students that graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
166

Percentage of students who graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
8.97

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

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):

Biology, Horticulture, Philosophy, Sociology, Social Work, Architecture and HVAC

All AAS degree tracks in horticulture department contain:
GELO: Understanding of reading, research, writing, oral presentation, and basic mathematic calculations as relevant to professional horticultural applications and standards

Core: Understanding of basic plant science and botany, soil science, plant pests/diseases/treatments, plant identification/culture, and business operations for green industry

AAS Horticulture Production
Students will have the knowledge, skills and practical experience to serve as growers in an entry-level production position.
Specialty) Understanding of propagation, nursery and greenhouse management, sustainable growing practices, and current energy and cost conservation issues relating to their specialty

AAS in Landscape Design
Students will have the knowledge, skills and practical experience to serve as landscape designers in an entry-level production position.
Specialty) Understanding of site analysis, landscape graphics (hand-drawn and computer) landscape design, and appropriate plant materials and construction techniques

AAS for Landscape Construction and Maintenance
Students will have the knowledge, skills and practical experience to serve as landscape contractors in an entry-level production position.
Specialty) Understanding of proper soil preparation, mulching, fertilizing, pruning, planting, weeding, irrigation/water conservation, seasonal displays, construction techniques and maintenance scheduling

AAS for Natural Areas Management
Students will have the knowledge, skills and practical experience to serve as natural areas technicians in an entry-level production position.
Specialty: Understanding of native plant communities, regional soil origins/distribution, soil management/erosion control, water storage and quality issues, ecosystem and community ecology perspectives, conservation biology and restoration ecology foundations, and practical field management strategies such as prescribed burning, selective herbiciding and floristic monitoring

Certificate in Landscape Design
Students will have the knowledge, skills and practical experience to serve as landscape designers in an entry-level production position.
Specialty: Understanding of site analysis, landscape graphics (hand-drawn and computer), landscape design, and appropriate plant materials and construction techniques

Certificate in Landscape Construction and Maintenance
Students will have the knowledge, skills and practical experience to serve as landscape contractors in an entry-level production position.
Specialty: Understanding of proper soil preparation, mulching, fertilizing, pruning, planting, weeding, irrigation/water conservation, seasonal displays, construction techniques and maintenance scheduling

Certificate in Natural Areas Management
Students will have the knowledge, skills and practical experience to serve as natural areas technicians in an entry-level production position.
Specialty: Understanding of native plant communities, regional soil origins/distribution, soil management/erosion control, water storage and quality issues, ecosystem and community ecology perspectives, conservation biology and restoration ecology foundations, and practical field management strategies such as floristic monitoring, selective herbiciding and prescribed burning

Certificate in Arboriculture
Students will have the knowledge, skills and practical experience to serve as arborists in an entry-level position.
Specialty: Understanding of urban forestry management, woody species identification, tree/shrub care/pruning, tree climbing and equipment safety standards, and diagnosis/treatment for pests/diseases of woody plants


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)?:
Yes

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

Courses for each of the following degrees and certifications include the following learning outcomes:

AAS Horticulture Production
Students will have the knowledge, skills and practical experience to serve as growers in an entry-level production position.
Specialty) Understanding of propagation, nursery and greenhouse management, sustainable growing practices, and current energy and cost conservation issues relating to their specialty

AAS in Landscape Design
Students will have the knowledge, skills and practical experience to serve as landscape designers in an entry-level production position.
Specialty) Understanding of site analysis, landscape graphics (hand-drawn and computer) landscape design, and appropriate plant materials and construction techniques

AAS for Landscape Construction and Maintenance
Students will have the knowledge, skills and practical experience to serve as landscape contractors in an entry-level production position.
Specialty) Understanding of proper soil preparation, mulching, fertilizing, pruning, planting, weeding, irrigation/water conservation, seasonal displays, construction techniques and maintenance scheduling

AAS for Natural Areas Management
Students will have the knowledge, skills and practical experience to serve as natural areas technicians in an entry-level production position.
Specialty: Understanding of native plant communities, regional soil origins/distribution, soil management/erosion control, water storage and quality issues, ecosystem and community ecology perspectives, conservation biology and restoration ecology foundations, and practical field management strategies such as prescribed burning, selective herbiciding and floristic monitoring

Certificate in Landscape Design
Students will have the knowledge, skills and practical experience to serve as landscape designers in an entry-level production position.
Specialty: Understanding of site analysis, landscape graphics (hand-drawn and computer), landscape design, and appropriate plant materials and construction techniques

Certificate in Landscape Construction and Maintenance
Students will have the knowledge, skills and practical experience to serve as landscape contractors in an entry-level production position.
Specialty: Understanding of proper soil preparation, mulching, fertilizing, pruning, planting, weeding, irrigation/water conservation, seasonal displays, construction techniques and maintenance scheduling

Certificate in Natural Areas Management
Students will have the knowledge, skills and practical experience to serve as natural areas technicians in an entry-level production position.
Specialty: Understanding of native plant communities, regional soil origins/distribution, soil management/erosion control, water storage and quality issues, ecosystem and community ecology perspectives, conservation biology and restoration ecology foundations, and practical field management strategies such as floristic monitoring, selective herbiciding and prescribed burning

Certificate in Arboriculture
Students will have the knowledge, skills and practical experience to serve as arborists in an entry-level position.
Specialty: Understanding of urban forestry management, woody species identification, tree/shrub care/pruning, tree climbing and equipment safety standards, and diagnosis/treatment for pests/diseases of woody plants


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