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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 70.78
Liaison Margaret Lo
Submission Date Sept. 1, 2017
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STARS v2.1

George Mason University
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.68 / 8.00 Mary Liang
Sustainability Analyst
Sustainability
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Total number of graduates from degree programs (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, certificates, and other academic designations):
8,901

Number of students that graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
5,208

Percentage of students who graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
58.51

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:

George Mason University's general education program for all undergraduates, the Mason Core, includes required work in the following areas: Arts, Global Understanding, Literature, Natural Science, and Social & Behavioral Sciences.

The Natural Science learning outcomes include:

- Understand how scientific inquiry is based on investigation of evidence from the natural world, and that scientific knowledge and understanding: a) evolves based on new evidence, and b) differs from personal and cultural beliefs;
- Recognize and articulate the relationship between the natural sciences and society and the application of science to societal challenges (e.g., health, conservation, sustainability, energy, natural disasters, etc.).

See https://catalog.gmu.edu/mason-core/#natural-science for more information about Mason Core and Natural Science course requirements and outcomes.


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):

Additionally, the academic programs listed above have applied for and received the Green Leaf designation. George Mason's Sustainability Studies Academic Council evaluates programs' sustainability learning outcomes as part of the approval process for Green Leaf designation. The Green Leaf designation recognizes offerings that contribute significantly to students' understanding and practice of sustainability. These offerings extend beyond environmental management, natural resources protection and conservation studies alone as Mason's Green Leaf curricula comprise both sustainability-focused and sustainability-related courses. Program earning outcomes from this Green Leaf designation include preparing students to be scholars in sustainability assessment and innovation, addressing and solving complex challenges of realizing sustainability at local to global scales.


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)?:
No

A list or brief description of the course level sustainability learning outcomes and the programs for which the courses are required:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data retrieved from George Mason Office of Institutional Research report on Degrees Conferred by Program for 2015-16 year, which includes Summer 2015, Fall 2015, and Spring 2016.

All students who earned Bachelors degrees (5,127) are counted because they addressed sustainability learning outcomes associated with the Mason Core. Graduate students who completed Green Leaf graduate programs (81) are counted as well.

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.