Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 46.72
Liaison Kathy Johnson
Submission Date April 22, 2014
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Black Hills State University
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Shane Sarver
Chief Research Officer
Academic Affairs
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Does the institution have a program to encourage student sustainability research that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s program(s) to encourage student research in sustainability:

The university takes part in two programs, in which students can apply for research stipends to work under the direction of BNHSU faculty. The two programs are the BRIN program and the EPSCoR program, both of which have sustainability at the core at BHSU. Students through the EPSCoR program research and test new materials for solar cell applications. Through the BRIN program students work on one of several projects at the Center for the Conservation of Biological Resources housed in the School of Natural Sciences at BHSU.


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Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty sustainability research that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s program(s) to encourage faculty research in sustainability:

The university has a seed grant program to initiate and support faculty research. In addition to this, the faculty have access to the South Dakota Board of Regents competitive research grant program. Both of these programs have always had an emphasis on the states and the universities research initiatives for which sustainability is a common thread. Recent examples are the emphasis on renewable energy and biofuels.


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Has the institution formally adopted policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:
No

A brief description or the text of the institution’s policy regarding interdisciplinary research:
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The website URL where information about the treatment of interdisciplinary research is available:
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Does the institution provide ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning that meets the criteria for this credit?:
No

A brief description of the institution's library support for sustainability research and learning:
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The website URL where information about the institution's library support for sustainability is available:
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