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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 61.37
Liaison Preston Jacobsen
Submission Date April 3, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of Tennessee at Knoxville
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.69 / 8.00 Preston Jacobsen
Sustainability Manager
Facilities Services
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Total number of graduates from degree programs (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, certificates, and other academic designations):
6,680

Number of students that graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
573

Percentage of students who graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
8.58

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)?:
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:

NA


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 university asks that academic units have student leaning outcomes for each of the degree programs. The FY 2016 list was sorted to determine which programs provide sustainability learning outcomes. See attached documentation for a complete detailed list containing UT programs and their sustainability learning outcomes. Listed below are a few examples:

Natural Resource & Environmental Economics:
Students can explain and illustrate economic concepts and principles related to the market system's role in allocating society's resources to and within the food and fiber system.
Students can explain and illustrate economic concepts and principles related to decision-making by consumers and producers with regard to agricultural commodities, food products, and natural resources.
Students can explain how environmental externalities, public goods, and scarce natural resources cause market failure, identify the effects of market failure on social welfare, and explain how various policy tools can be used to address these effects.
Students can use economic logic and quantitative data to analyze problems and identify solutions related to the food and fiber system, the natural resource base, and environmental quality.

Sustainable Design Certificate:
Selective Skills Acquisition: Learning of new techniques and methodologies specific to issues of sustainable design that can be directly applied to the advancement of sustainable practice upon completion of the certificate. Interdisciplinary Knowledge: Learning about developments in the discipline and profession specific to sustainable technologies and materials research in sustainable design practice, and to place techniques and methodologies into a larger context relative. Intra-disciplinary Knowledge: Learning about developments in the discipline and profession specific to issues of sustainable design practice as indexed across a range of related disciplines and professions.

Interdisciplinary Programs- Sustainability Major:
Gain an understanding of social and physical systems and their interrelationships, and be able to predict, access, and analyze the effects of human activities on those systems.
Explore and critically analyze the environmental, social, and economic dimensions of sustainability.
Evaluate and reflect on sustainability theories at local, regional, and global scales.
Engage in and explore methodologies used to research and analyze sustainability issues, and evaluate solutions to sustainability issues.
Participate in activities that explore career opportunities in sustainability and sustainability related fields.

Urban Design:
Selective Skills Acquisition: Learning of new techniques and methodologies specific to issues of urban design and development that can be directly applied to the advancement of long-term sustainable urban design practice upon completion of the certificate
Interdisciplinary Knowledge: Learning about new developments in the discipline and profession specific to urban design and sustainable urban development in practice, and to place techniques and methodologies into a larger context.
Intra-disciplinary Knowledge: Learning about developments in the discipline and profession specific to issues of urban design practice as indexed across a range of related disciplines and professions.

Conservation and Stewardship Certificate:
Selective Skill Acquisition: Learning of new techniques and methodologies specific relative to issues of conservation and stewardship that can be directly applied to one’s practice upon completion of the certificate.
Interdisciplinary Knowledge: Learning about developments in the discipline and profession specific to issues of conservation and stewardship, to place techniques and methodologies into a larger context relative to national and international market trends.
Intra-disciplinary Knowledge: Learning about developments in the discipline and profession specific to issues of conservation and stewardship as indexed across a range of related disciplines and professions.


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:

NA


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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.