Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 51.68
Liaison Franklin Lebo
Submission Date Jan. 11, 2019
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Baldwin Wallace University
AC-5: Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Franklin Lebo
Assistant Professor of Sustainability
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Does the institution offer at least one immersive, sustainability-focused educational study program that is one week or more in length?:

A brief description of the sustainability-focused immersive program(s) offered by the institution, including how each program addresses the social, economic, and environmental dimensions of sustainability:
I. The Sustainability Program requires majors to complete SUS070X: Sustainability Experiential Learning Component in order to graduate, which may be fulfilled in one of three ways: (1) completing an approved internship with a local organization that explicitly relates to sustainability, (2) embarking upon an approved two week study abroad experience that includes a sustainability component, or (3) a science based field work project.

One example of the study abroad sustainability immersive experience that was offered in 2017 was the two week "Discovering India" immersive experience. Led by Dr. Jil Stephens Fleisher, the Co-Director of the Sustainability Program. While in India, students were confronted with situations that challenged their way of thinking coming from an American perspective, especially during a visit to a Bangalore slum and the rural agricultural village of Hoskote.

For more information, please visit: https://www.bw.edu/news/2017/02-discovering-india-changes-students-world-views

II. The Engineering Program at Baldwin Wallace requires students to complete EGR305: Global Engineering Experience.
Prerequisite(s): EGR 203, EGR 300, EGR 301 & EGR 304. The university has allocated grant funding of $2,000 to support the director of the Engineering Program, Dr. Helen Muga, and a colleague to travel abroad for this purpose.

This course is designed to provide the student with interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary exposure to international engineering projects, specifically projects in the developing world. The course will expose students to the grand challenges of society and the need for various stakeholders (engineers, scientists, policy-makers, etc) to collaborate and to develop, test, and implement innovative, appropriate, cost-effective, and sustainable solutions. Topics such as systems thinking, green engineering, sustainability life cycle analysis, life cycle cost analysis will be covered. This course has an international component whereby students travel abroad at the end of the semester to implement their semester-long projects.

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