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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 56.83
Liaison Liz Davey
Submission Date Oct. 13, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Tulane University
IN-2: Innovation 2

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Liz Davey
Director
Office of Sustainability
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Public Service Graduation Requirement

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

The Center for Public Service (CPS) at Tulane University and the Public Service Graduation Requirement were established after Hurricane Katrina as part of the university’s Renewal Plan. CPS is guided by the principle that public service rooted in an academic context contributes to the development of student civic engagement.

The first tier of the Public Service Graduation Requirement involves the implementation of Service Learning Courses, academic courses with an added service learning component. Every undergraduate department and major offers courses that include a public service project that relates to and enhances the learning done in the classroom. The students are placed at numerous sites throughout the greater New Orleans area for a variety of projects, and spend 20 or 40 hours (depending on the class) completing their service throughout the semester. To complete this first-tier requirement, students must successfully complete one service learning course (at the 1000 – 3000 level) no later than the fifth semester of full-time enrollment at Tulane.

The second tier of the Public Service Graduation Requirement may only be completed once the student has attained sophomore standing and has completed the first-tier service learning course. To satisfy the second tier, students must participate in one of the following programs: a second service learning course at the 3000 level or above, an academic service learning internship, a faculty-sponsored public service research project, a public service honors thesis project, a public service-based international study abroad program, or a capstone experience with a public service component.

Academic Service Learning is an educational experience based upon a collaborative partnership between the university and the community. “Learning by doing” enables students to apply academic knowledge and critical thinking skills to meet genuine community needs. Through reflection and assessment, students gain deeper understanding of course content and the importance of civic engagement.


A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):
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A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
Yes or No
Curriculum Yes
Research Yes
Campus Engagement Yes
Public Engagement Yes
Air & Climate No
Buildings No
Dining Services No
Energy No
Grounds No
Purchasing No
Transportation No
Waste No
Water No
Coordination, Planning & Governance No
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work No
Investment No

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
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The website URL where information about the innovation is available:

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