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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 Bronze
Overall Score 43.94
Liaison Lisa Kawai
Submission Date June 5, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Soka University of America
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.80 / 8.00 M. Robert Hamersley
PhD, Associate Professor of Microbiology
Environmental Studies
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Total number of graduates from degree programs (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, certificates, and other academic designations):
201

Number of students that graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
20
+ Date Revised: Sept. 12, 2017

Percentage of students who graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
9.95

Do the figures reported above cover one, two, or three academic years?:
Two

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):

The learning outcomes of the environmental studies concentration are as followed:
1. To demonstrate and articulate an understanding of and critically evaluate environmental studies approaches to viewing interactions between humans and the natural environment, including scientific and environmental design perspectives as well as those of social and organizational studies.
2. To formulate original questions and apply theoretical and methodological tools to critically investigate and explain the biological, geological, chemical, social, and organizational processes that support and affect human and other life on Earth.
3. To communicate effectively their understanding of and prescriptions for human-environment interaction developed through application of the interdisciplinary approaches of environmental studies.
4. To engage with emerging environmental challenges and opportunities and be prepared to act professionally and personally to secure a sustainable future for humanity.

+ Date Revised: Sept. 12, 2017

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:

The information about the number of students graduating in Environmental Studies and International Studies concentration was gathered from the office of the registrar of Soka University of America.

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.