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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 60.07
Liaison Mark Klapatch
Submission Date Feb. 24, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of Wisconsin-River Falls
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.66 / 8.00 Greta Gaard
Coordinator, Sustainability Faculty Fellows
English
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Total number of graduates from degree programs (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, certificates, and other academic designations):
1,381

Number of students that graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
632.50

Percentage of students who graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
45.80

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:
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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):

Sustainable Management
This is an online degree program designed for the new economy. Through interdisciplinary inquiry, problem solving, and strong foundations in science and business, you will be equipped to meet the needs of an ever-changing world and business environment. You will develop and build knowledge and skills to help organizations meet triple bottom line requirements, balancing profitability with the needs of the environment and the wider communities in which we live.

Sustainability Studies Minor
http://www.uwrf.edu/Catalog/DegreeRequirements/SUSTMinor.cfm
Program Goals:
1. Provide students with a multidisciplinary foundation for thinking about sustainability.
2. Discuss the concept of sustainability from a bio-geochemical perspective.
3. Address the social and economic facets of sustainability.
4. Discuss the challenges that face humanity in becoming sustainable.

Learning Outcomes:
Students will be able to:
1. Create a personal definition of sustainability.
2. Analyze human impacts on natural systems and processes that affect the ability of humanity to live sustainably.
3. Interpret sustainability issues in the context of element cycles.
4. Compare and contrast the role of public and private entities in creating sustainable societies.
5. Identify facets of social/economic/industrial structures that could be changed to make society more sustainable.

Sustainable Agriculture Minor
Students who select this minor will learn about sustainable agriculture in its broadest sense, including issues related to maintaining and/or improving crop and animal productivity, preserving environmental resources for future generations, ensuring farm profitability, and ensuring rural community vitality and viability. They learn how to build markets and opportunities for producers, and they help consumers make "green" choices on purchased products.

Sustainable agriculturalists work as producers of value added crops, such as organic produce, grains and meats. Some provide technical support for crop and animal production systems, develop soil and nutrient management plans, work with producers to control insects, diseases and other pests with integrated pest management techniques, market locally-grown food products, and research ways to make agriculture more efficient, environmentally sound and sustainable for future generations.

Sustainable Management Science Certificate
Sustainable Enterprise Management Certificate
The two certificates were developed as subsets of the BS in Sustainable Management for working adults seeking specific knowledge.

Conservation Major
Sustainability learning outcome: Students will be able to understand our environment and apply and advance management techniques to maintain sustainable communities for all life on Earth.

Environmental Science Major
Sustainability learning outcome: Students will be able to face increasingly complex environmental challenges in the context of environmental quality management and sustainable development.

Community Planning Major:
Sustainability learning outcome: Students will gain the tools necessary to plan for the protection of the environment and enact more sustainable lifestyles, business practices, and local development.


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)?:
Yes

A list or brief description of the course level sustainability learning outcomes and the programs for which the courses are required:

Any faculty who go through the Kinnickinnic Project where they learn to infuse sustainability into their courses have to include the following learning outcomes in their sustainability focused or related courses. On the course inventory, these courses are the ones that have a name in () in the description. The course only counts as a sustainability course or related course if certain faculty (the ones who have gone through the Kinnickinnic Project) teach the course. The same courses taught by other faculty likely do not have the sustainability related topics and associated learning outcomes.

The overall sustainability learning outcomes for all sustainability courses as defined by the Sustainability Faculty Fellows are noted below:
• Sustainability ethics - students will gain a grounding in the interrelated nature of social, economic, and environmental issues, as related to views of interdependence, resource allocation, and environmental justice.
• Sustainability praxis - students will be able to analyze, articulate, and envision solutions to problems of sustainability, integrating knowledge data across disciplinary boundaries.
• Global citizenship - students will internalize an understanding of the consequences of their social, economic, and environmental choices, and the possibilities for taking action on the personal and public levels.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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We obtained the student number above by taking the 115 courses that are known with sustainability learning outcomes, multiplied by an average of 22 students as we have a 22:1 student/faculty ratio. We then divided that number by 4 to reflect graduating students.

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.