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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 67.88
Liaison Mary Easterling
Submission Date Sept. 14, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Pennsylvania State University
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.74 / 2.00 Mary Easterling
Assoc Director, Analysis & Assessment
Sustainability Institute
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Are the following students provided an opportunity to participate in orientation activities and programming that prominently include sustainability? :
Yes or No
First-year students Yes
Transfer students Yes
Entering graduate students No

Percentage of all entering (i.e. new) students (including transfers and graduate students) that are provided an opportunity to participate in orientation activities and programming that prominently include sustainability (0-100):
87

A brief description of how sustainability is included prominently in new student orientation (including how multiple dimensions of sustainability are addressed):

Personnel from Penn State's Sustainability Institute host a table at the New Student Orientation (NSO) Resource Fair for all 39 days of NSO, which is required of all first year and transfer students. We have the opportunity to engage approximately 10,000 incoming and transfer undergraduate students and their parents at these events. Our table contains information on what sustainability is, how to get involved, learning opportunities, and leadership opportunities. Students can sign up to receive further information about sustainability-related opportunities via email throughout the school year.
Currently, sustainability is not featured at the New Graduate Student Orientation, which is a much shorter half-day event. Some graduate students receive sustainability orientation through their academic programs - for example, new doctoral and masters students in programs administered by the Huck Institute of Life Sciences receive sustainability orientation.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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We assumed that the number of entering grad students is proportional to their percentage of the Penn State University Park student population = 13%. We subtracted this percentage from 100% to arrive at the percentage of undergrad and transfer students;. both of these groups do have sustainability in orientation activities.

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.