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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 48.82
Liaison Eric Boles
Submission Date Feb. 12, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Arkansas
AC-4: Graduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Marty Matlock
Executive Director
Office for Sustainability
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for graduate students?:
Yes

The name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (1st program):
PhD in Environmental Dynamics

A brief description of the graduate degree program (1st program):

The doctoral program in Environmental Dynamics began in 1998 at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Environmental Dynamics is the study of complex interactions between natural systems and human activity. It requires an interdisciplinary research approach and integration with the power, efficiency, and economy of advanced geospatial computing technologies.

This program is unique because of its focus on interdisciplinary environmental-sociocultural study integrating state-of-the-art technologies to chart interactions of human and natural systems over time and space, emphasizing socially relevant research. These studies include natural and social impacts of global climatic change, impacts of rapid economic development on environmental quality, landscape evolution and degradation, natural hazards, watershed sciences, soil erosion and nutrient depletion.

The program is an outgrowth of many years of successful research in human adaptations to past and present environments by faculty of the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences and collaborations among departments across the University of Arkansas. The program is staffed by faculty from the departments of Anthropology, Geosciences, Biological Sciences, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Crops, Soils and Environmental Sciences, and Rural Sociology. Faculty from other departments and colleges sharing an interest in human and natural ecology or paleoenvironmental studies also participate in the program.

Associated research institutes and laboratories include the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST), the Arkansas Water Resources Center (AWRC), the Tree-Ring Laboratory, the Bioarchaeology Laboratory, the Archaeology and Archaeogeophysics Laboratories, the Earth Visualization Laboratory, and the Arkansas Archaeological Survey.


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Does the institution offer one or more graduate-level sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates?:
Yes

The name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (1st program):
Graduate Certificate in Sustainability

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (1st program):

The Graduate Certificate in Sustainability is a 15-credit, interdisciplinary program, drawing from faculty and course work across all colleges of the University of Arkansas. The graduate certificate is accessible to all students admitted to the Graduate School, both degree-seeking and non-degree seeking, to participate in advanced study in Sustainability. The purpose of the Graduate Certificate in Sustainability is to provide functional graduate-level knowledge and skills related to the emerging discipline of Sustainability organized around the four interdisciplinary systems areas.


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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.