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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 51.92
Liaison Jonathan Lantz-Trissel
Submission Date July 26, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Eastern Mennonite University
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Fred Kniss
Provost
Provost's Office
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Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability? :
No

A brief description of the student research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:
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Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability topics?:
No

A brief description of the faculty research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:
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Has the institution published written policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s support for interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

In the Faculty Staff Handbook of EMU, policy in the section The Tenure System reads, "Scholarship and creative activity are measured by the contribution to generating and disseminating knowledge within and across disciplines. We recognize multiple modes of scholarship, including discovery, integration, application/engagement, and teaching (Boyer, 1997). At EMU we are a community of learning. Our scholarship reflects our Anabaptist values of collaboration, linking theory and practice, and pursuing peace and justice.
Later it states, "Proficiency in scholarship/creative activity results in continuous and ongoing research in the pure and applied sciences, humanities, professions, or the creative/performing arts that builds on and contributes new knowledge to the discipline and/or enhances cross-disciplinary interaction." And further on, "Outstanding scholarship includes the highest standard of research, creativity, and practice. Scholarly contribution within and across disciplines regularly results in critical and public responses by others and is used and applied by others."
Finally in the Schedule & Procedures for Contract Renewal & Promotions section of the Handbook, there are procedures listed for contract renewal and/or promotion consideration that involve a Colleague Review Committee. The guidelines for selecting of members of this committee support interdisciplinary research and read, "the faculty candidate may also request that one additional colleague be added to the colleague review committee. The faculty candidate may wish to nominate a colleague, who has at least six years of EMU faculty experience, who has insight into an area of scholarship, teaching, or service that the departmental members may have not had opportunity to observe (e.g. cross-disciplinary co-teaching, research, etc.). The chair/program director and the respective dean must approve such requests."


Does the institution have ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

The EMU library has a Sustainability LIbGuide linked to on the library home page that was developed by the "Peace with Creation" sustainability in the curriculum initiative in 2013 and is maintained by a very supportive library staff. The LibGuide includes tabs on books, databases, reference materials, journals, videos and podcasts, organizations, blogs, faculty resources and local projects and groups.


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