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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 57.70
Liaison Jean-François Desgroseilliers
Submission Date May 31, 2016
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STARS v2.1

Polytechnique Montreal
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.42 / 8.00 Jean-François Desgroseilliers
Sustainable Development Advisor
Sustainable Development Office
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Total number of graduates from degree programs (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, certificates, and other academic designations):
1,432

Number of students that graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
792

Percentage of students who graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
55.31

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)?:
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):

Polytechnique Montreal specifies sustainability learning outcomes for all its undergraduate students.

Undergraduate engineering programs at Polytechnique Montreal, like all other Canadian engineering schools, must receive an accreditation from the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB, https://www.engineerscanada.ca/accreditation/about-accreditation). This accreditation requires, among other criteria, that accredited institutions demonstrate that their graduates possess 12 attributes.

One of these attributes (attribute 3.1.9) specifies a sustainability learning outcome for all engineering programs. This attribute is stated as such:
"3.1.9 Impact of engineering on society and the environment: An ability to analyze social and environmental aspects of engineering activities. Such ability includes an understanding of the interactions that engineering has with the economic, social, health, safety, legal, and cultural aspects of society, the uncertainties in the prediction of such interactions; and the concepts of sustainable design and development and environmental stewardship." (ref: https://engineerscanada.ca/sites/default/files/accreditation_criteria_procedures_2015.pdf)

Polytechnique Montreal subscribes to this sustainability learning outcome and ensures that all its undergraduate students possess attribute 3.1.9. In 2013-14, an institutional analysis grid was developed at Polytechnique to evaluate the acquisition of the 12 CEAB attributes by students. Each program then had the responsibility to determine where each attribute is to be acquired in the curriculum and in which courses or projects they are to be formally assessed at the end of the program.

For STARS AC-2 Credit, we thus consider that every undergraduate students at Polytechnique graduate from programs that have formally adopted sustainability learning outcome (790 graduates in 2014-2015). To this number, we added the 2 graduates for our Specialized Graduate Program (DESS) in Sustainable Development.


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:
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.