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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 56.68
Liaison Jeanne Gulnick
Submission Date July 18, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Saint Joseph's College - ME
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 8.00 / 8.00 Jeanne Gulnick
Assistant Professor/Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Natural Sciences
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Total number of graduates from degree programs (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, certificates, and other academic designations):
671

Number of students that graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
671

Percentage of students who graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
100

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:

The following are institution level learning outcomes and apply to all students in both undergraduate and graduate programs at Saint Joseph's College:
1. Identify and apply the ethical and moral dimensions of their particular field of study.
2. Demonstrate effective communication skills in both written and oral formats.
3. Demonstrate competency in programmatic content and career preparation through applied and/or experiential learning opportunities.
4. Engage in responsible citizenship, social justice, and environmental stewardship.
5. Demonstrate critical thinking skills and the ability to analyze and evaluate information from diverse sources and perspectives.


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):
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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:

All undergraduate students are required to take ES 300, Ecology and the Environmental Challenge. Here is a sample of sustainability learning outcomes from one syllabus:
As a result of this course, students will:
1. Be familiar with basic scientific principles used in Environmental Sciences.
2. Be familiar with scientific methods.
3. Use quantitative reasoning to interpret and present information and to solve problems
4. Describe the key principles of sustainability
5. Understand ecosystem structure and functioning.
6. Understand human population growth and human impact on ecosystems.
7. Understand the challenges of environmental problems associated with feeding the planet.
8. Understand some factors in water, air and soil pollution and mitigation measures.
9. Understand energy problems and potential solutions, including on our Saint Joseph’s College Campus.
10. Understand global climate change and the potential consequences.
11. Describe the role of governments in global environmental protection
12. Explain the role of individual actions in creating a sustainable future
13. Connect to the local environment, local species and understand some local environmental issues.


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

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.