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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 47.40
Liaison Havina Georgieva
Submission Date April 4, 2017
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STARS v2.1

FIE: Foundation for International Education
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 7.86 / 8.00 Hannah Feakes
Director of Administration
Administration
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Total number of graduates from degree programs (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, certificates, and other academic designations):
1,066

Number of students that graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
1,048

Percentage of students who graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
98.31

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)?:
Yes

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:

In 2016, FIE offered 8 upper division courses that have sustainability and sustainable initiatives embedded in their Learning Outcomes (the total number of students who took the course in the 2016 year is also indicated):
British Life and Business (176);
British Life and Cultures (457);
British Life and Europe (17);
British Life and Visual Media (157);
Ecology, Environment and Economics (21);
Ethical Dilemmas (8);
Food, Society and Culture in Britain (60);
Peace and Conflict Resolution (9).

In 2016, FIE offered three lower division (first year) courses (the number of students who took the course is also indicated):
British Life and Cultures (122);
Ecology, Environment and Economics (0);
Environmental Sciences (21).

FIE does not have schools or colleges with the institution, so we do not have divisional level learning outcomes.


Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the program level (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, degrees, diplomas, certificates, and other academic designations)?:
No

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

N/A


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:

The vast majority of students on FIE's open enrolment quarter, semester and summer study abroad programs are required to take a mandatory British Life Key Course. There are four variations of the course: 'British Life and Cultures', 'British Life and Business', 'British Life and Europe', and 'British Life and Visual Media'. All four versions have a course level learning outcome related to sustainability which is: 'Understand the importance of sustainability for an island nation'. All four courses have a 'Sustainability in the UK' topic and a 'Sustainability Film Reflection and Research Paper' assessment worth 15% of the overall grade.

For FIE's 2 courses where the primary or explicit focus is on sustainability, the learning outcomes are as follows:

- Ecology, Environment, and Economics: Market Forces and Sustainability (an elective course)
* Apply economic theory to measure environmental sustainability
* Distinguish market forces and environmental integrity
* Interpret ways in which economic decisions, market forces, and government policies
affect environment
* Generate a critical understanding as to how consumer markets and business initiatives can result in sustainable environment

- Environmental Science: Our Role in Today's World (a closed course for a particular university partner)
* Understand the role environmental science plays in society
* Appraise existing solutions to environmental issues and concerns
* Formulate personal solutions to mitigate environmental concerns

Also see FIE's Charting the Course document for details of additional courses where sustainability is embedded.


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

Total number of graduates from degree programmes - As FIE is a study abroad programme, students only study with us for a quarter, semester or summer as part of their degree programme on their home campus. Therefore, we do not have any graduates from degree programmes in the traditional sense, so have instead included the number of students who studied on an FIE programme in 2016.

To calculate the number of graduates that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome, we looked at the number of students in 2016 that completed one of FIE's British Life Key Courses, which all include a sustainability learning outcome and assessment.

Institutional and programme level learning outcomes - As a study abroad programme, FIE does not have majors, minors, degrees, diplomas etc., so no programme level learning outcomes in this sense. What we refer to as our programme level learning outcomes, i.e. learning outcomes for our study abroad programmes, are in fact institutional level learning outcomes in this context.

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.