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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 57.03
Liaison Heather Lynch
Submission Date Oct. 4, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Saint Michael's College
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00
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Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability? :
Yes

A brief description of the student research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

Saint Michael’s College offers a highly competitive summer undergraduate research program, funded by the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Center for Social Science Research, in which research on sustainability may be a focus from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Students receive a research stipend if their proposal is accepted. Moreover, there are a number of courses offered during the fall and spring semesters and summer session where sustainability themes are discussed and researched by students.


Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability topics?:
Yes

A brief description of the faculty research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

Saint Michael’s College has a faculty development program that funds faculty from multiple disciplines or programs to conduct research on a variety of topics, including possibly sustainability. While there are no specific incentives provided to incentivize sustainability research, the incentive is to encourage ALL types of research.


Has the institution published written policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s support for interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

All departments at Saint Michael’s College have adopted their own scholarship guidelines, and certainly interdisciplinary scholarship is considered as one of many types of accepted and appropriate scholarship supported by departments.


Does the institution have ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

The Durick library staff is very responsive to supporting staff and faculty interests and more often than not has granted the growing requests for sustainability-related teaching and research materials. Faculty/staff and students have access to sustainability-oriented databases, journals, etc. through our various library research platforms.


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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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.