Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.60
Liaison Mary Lucus
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Belmont University
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 Mary Lucus
Director, IR
Provost
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Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability? :
Yes

A brief description of the student research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

The Undergraduate Research Symposium provides undergraduates an opportunity to conduct independent research and present it to a community of peers. Each spring students at Belmont gather to present their findings, listen to eminent speakers, and enjoy the company of fellow researchers.


Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability topics?:
No

A brief description of the faculty research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:
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Has the institution published written policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s support for interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

At Belmont University some programs of study are designed to approach particularly large areas of investigation. These require expertise within multiple fields of disciplinary study, as opposed to the more traditional approach of single disciplines engaging problems yielding to a narrower mode of exploration. Of these Interdisciplinary Programs (listed below), some are majors that cross the boundaries of two traditional disciplines, while others are much broader, interweaving courses from multiple Schools and Colleges within the University as a whole. Belmont's curriculum allows students to participate in various interdisciplinary experiences including: 1) the Institute for Computing Related Disciplines - a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to meeting the growing need for a coherent core of computer education combined with the core work of other disciplines; 2) interdisciplinary majors and/or minors within the areas of Asian Studies, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Classics, Environmental Science, European Studies, Interdisciplinary Ethics, International Economy, International Business, Neuroscience, Pharmaceutical Studies, Social Entrepreneurship, Second Language Acquisition (minor only) and; 3) an Engaged Scholars Program which promotes and recognizes our undergraduate students' participation in forms of academic development that extend beyond the classroom.


Does the institution have ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

The University Library has a subscription to Science Direct as well as access to over 1,000 print books, ebooks, streaming media, and electronic journals that provide direct support for student and faculty research in all areas of sustainability – environmental, civic, and professional.


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