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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 51.71
Liaison Jeffrey Severin
Submission Date July 17, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Kansas
AC-4: Graduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Kim Criner
Education & Outreach Coordinator
Center 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):
Professional Science Masters in Environmental Assessment

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

By its nature, environmental assessment is highly interdisciplinary, drawing upon natural or physical science training, project management experience and communications skills. Those in the field of environmental assessment identify possible environmental effects of a project or program, propose measures to decrease adverse effects and predict those effects. KU’s environmental studies program, offered through KU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has developed a Professional Science Masters in Environmental Assessment for those in or pursuing roles that address a range of environmental issues.


The website URL for the graduate degree program (1st program) :
The name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (2nd program):
Master of Science in Environmental Engineering or Environmental Science

A brief description of the graduate degree program (2nd program):

The Master of Science in Environmental Engineering and Environmental Science programs are both provided through the KU School of Engineering. Both programs focus on developing graduate students' skills on topics such as air quality, solid and hazardous waste, water and waste water treatment, and water quality. These skills allow students to pursue careers in any number of sustainability related sectors.


The website URL for the graduate degree program (2nd program):
The name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (3rd program):
Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering or Environmental Science

A brief description of the graduate degree program (3rd program):

Similar to the Environmental masters level programs, the Ph.D. programs in environmental sciences focus on topics of air quality, sold and hazardous waste, water and waste water treatment, and water quality. However, students must conduct further, more in depth research regarding topics related to environmental engineering and pass necessary and relevant qualification exams.


The website URL for the graduate degree program (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program(s):

Master of Global & International Studies - https://global.ku.edu/convenience-and-flexibility


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):
Environmental & Natural Resources Law Certificate

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

KU Law offers a range of opportunities to students interested in the practice of environmental and natural resources law. The school provides an extensive array of course offerings, ranging from introductory survey courses to advanced seminars. Students are also actively involved in environmental law issues, principally through an Environmental Law Society and participation in nationally sponsored environmental law moot court competitions.


The website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (1st program):
The name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Graduate Certificate in Community Health and Development

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):

The certificate program offers advanced training and University-based certification to those involved in building healthy communities. The focus is on training in core aspects of community work—from community assessment and strategic planning to intervention, evaluation, and sustainability.

Educational objectives include to:

1. Promote understanding of the processes and methods of promoting community health and development (drawing on models and methods of related disciplines)

2. Develop core competencies in this work (e.g., creating partnerships, community assessment, analyzing problems and goals, strategic planning, intervention, advocacy, evaluation, planning for sustainability)

3. Enhance experience and competence through supported practice in addressing issues in community health and development (e.g., substance abuse, prevention of chronic diseases, independent living, violence and injury prevention, youth development, neighborhood development)


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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.