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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 50.89
Liaison Nicholas Kordesch
Submission Date Feb. 15, 2017
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STARS v2.1

San Francisco State University
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 6.60 / 8.00 Rachelle Caterson
Student Assistant
Office of Sustainability
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Total number of graduates from degree programs (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, certificates, and other academic designations):
7,060

Number of students that graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
5,828

Percentage of students who graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
82.55

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)?:
Yes

A list or brief description of the institution level or division level sustainability learning outcomes:

"SF State Studies" courses fulfill graduation requirements, but do not have specific unit requirements. They are meant to ensure that students take a least one course in areas that the campus feels are important to graduates of our university.

SF State has a general education requirement in which students earning baccalaureate degrees must complete a three-unit course that is designated as an Environmental Sustainability (ES) course. To be certified by the Baccalaureate Requirements Committee as meeting the sustainability requirement the course must meet two of the following student learning outcomes:
1. demonstrate how their personal activities impact the environment, and as a result affect the health and well-being of themselves and society.
2. analyze how the well-being of human society is dependent on ecosystems and the materials and services they provide to humanity.
3. explain the interconnectivity of economic prosperity, social equity and environmental quality.
4. identify the most serious environmental problems globally and locally and explain their underlying causes and possible consequences.
5. students will be able to create models, products, designs or creative representations that highlight an understanding of the connections between people, processes and the environment.


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):
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:

GEOG 428 International Political Economy of Food and Hunger (Units: 4)
Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Exploration of why hunger persists in a world of abundance; food aid, farm policy, and global food trade; whether production can match population growth without environmental harm; crop genetic engineering, international policies and movements for sustainability, and food sovereignty/security.
(This course is offered as I R 428 and GEOG 428)

S S 520 Modernization and Third World Countries (4) [GE] Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent and upper division standing. Problems and processes of bringing Western technology and market-based industrialization to Third World countries. Explores basic tensions: markets/planning, rural/urban, basic needs/ environment, self-sufficiency/foreign reliance, equal/unequal distribution. (Also offered as I R 520.)

CFS 543 Sustainability in the Textile, Housing, and Food Industries (Units: 3)
Prerequisite for CFS 543: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Prerequisite for CFS 743: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Sustainable principles and practices, energy and water efficiency, resource conservations, economic, health and environmental issues, rating systems applied to projects; evaluation of sustainable products and processes.
(CFS 543/CFS 743 is a paired course offering.)

(From Carlos Davidson’s syllabus S’16) SYLLABUS - ENVS 570 APPLIED LOCAL SUSTAINABILITY
Course Description: The catalog description is: Students will learn about current sustainability issues and efforts at universities across the country and at San Francisco State. A major component of course will be completion of a hands-on sustainability project on campus. The big projects for this section of the course will be on building lighting energy efficiency assessments and assessing water use in bathrooms in campus building.
Course objectives: Give students hands on opportunities to develop skills involved in sustainability work - both technical skills such as those involved in conducting a greenhouse gas inventory as well as organizational, political, and social skills involved in carrying out a sustainability project.

RPT 470 Care Break: Alternative Spring Break Service (Units: 3)
Prerequisite: Upper division standing.
Introduction and application of concepts related to civic and community engagement, cultural competency, and sociocultural, environmental, and economic sustainability through a mandatory 40-hour spring break service learning experience. Travel outside California or the U.S. may be required

USP 200 Changing Cities (Units: 3)
Changing cities in a global world. Multi-disciplinary social science perspectives on city life. Social, cultural, and ethnic diversity. Metropolitan regions. Strategies for creating social justice and environmental sustainability. Experiencing the city.
(This course is offered as USP 200 and SOC 200.)
Course Attributes:
• D1: Social Sciences
• Social Justice

HTM 357 Food Systems in the Hospitality Environment (Units: 3)
Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.
The farm to table movement is used as a lens to explore sustainability, how food systems interact and develop and how that influences what we eat. Exploration of how food moves through the supply chain from purveyor to customer, and how the Bay area is a major influencer. Classwork, 1 unit; laboratory, 2 units.
Course Attributes:
• Environmental Sustainability

HTM 577 Meeting Planning and Convention/Event Management II (Units: 3)
Prerequisites: HTM 110 and HTM 576; restricted to upper division HTM majors and minors.
Comprehensive business strategies of event planning to the design and execution of meetings, conferences and catered events. Focus on every technique and tactic in the meeting manager's skill set including design, project management, site selection and development, catering and banquet management, sales, budgeting, safety and security, environmental sustainability, and entertainment.

MGMT 535 Social Entrepreneurship (Units: 3)
Development of business skills to create innovative approaches to societal problems. Examination of local and international ventures that have dual missions of social impact and financial sustainability. Emphasis on opportunity assessment, business models, strategy and social impact.

MGMT 655 Sustainability and Innovation (Units: 3)
Challenges of creating a more sustainable society and the emerging opportunities for business to become an innovative force in addressing those problems.


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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Had help with collecting data from Eva Allen, Associate, Academic & Institutional Studies
Academic Institutional Research. Number of graduates determined from Common Data Set 2015-16: https://air.sfsu.edu/sites/default/files/cds/2015-2016%20Common%20Data%20Set_0.pdf

Sustainability Learning Outcomes were determined by reviewing course syllabi.

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.