Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.30
Liaison Stephen Ellis
Submission Date May 31, 2024

STARS v2.2

Boston University
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 6.11 / 8.00 Gabrielle Brewer
Sustainability Analyst
BU Sustainability
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Has the institution adopted one or more sustainability learning outcomes that apply to the entire student body or, at minimum, to the institution's predominant student body?:

Which of the following best describes the sustainability learning outcomes?:

A list of the institution level sustainability learning outcomes:

The BU Hub is Boston University’s University-wide general education program that emphasizes working across disciplines to prepare for a complex and diverse world. Students earn units in Hub areas to complete their general education requirements by exploring a variety of courses and innovative learning experiences while developing six essential capacities and fulfilling Hub requirements. The BU Hub offers students multiple pathways to fulfill their general education requirements, but it does not require that students take a specific set of courses, and rather encourages them to explore their interests while integrating Hub requirements with their undergraduate studies. Launched in spring 2021, Boston University offers BU Hub Pathways for "Social & Racial Justice" and "Environment & Society". BU Hub Pathways are curated lists of Hub courses that focus on interdisciplinary themes of global significance such as Social & Racial Justice and Environment & Society. These Hub Courses, along with other courses not enlisted in the Hub Pathways, are required to be selected and taken to fulfill students' general education requirements. The Hub Pathways are fully elective, and students can choose to incorporate as many courses within a particular Hub Pathway as they wish. The Hub Pathway in Environment & Society allows students to engage with themes of human-environment interactions; the relationship between climate change and society; environmental policy; sustainable energy and development; earth and environmental sciences; and environmental humanities, among others. The Environment & Society Hub Pathway provides students with the opportunity to fulfill general education requirements by taking Hub courses across a variety of disciplines that seek to understand and ensure a sustainable environment and society that supports human activity on our planet, so that we might “meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. URL: https://www.bu.edu/hub/hub-courses/bu-hub-pathways/bu-hub-pathway-environment-society/

Total number of graduates from degree programs:

Number of graduates from degree programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:

A brief description of how the figure above was determined:

With assistance from Institutional Research (IR), we collected metrics on the number of graduates who earned their degree and identified which of the programs from which students graduated requires an understanding of the concept of sustainability (see the list of programs below).

A list of degree programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:

Bachelors degree programs:

BA in Energy and Environment

BA in Environmental Analysis and Policy

BA in Biology with Specialization in Ecology and Conservation Biology

BA in Earth and Environmental Science

Minor in Earth & Environmental Sciences

Minor in Sustainable Energy

Minor in Environmental Analysis and Policy

 Masters degree programs:

MA in Preservation Studies

MA in Earth Sciences

MA in Earth and Environment MA in Global Development Economics

MS in Population Health Research

MS in Population Health Research: Translation,Implementation Science

MS in Population Health Research: Epidemiology

MS in Population Health Research: Public Health Data Science

MSc in Environmental Health

MPH in Interdisciplinary Training in Population Health

MPH in Environmental Health

Documentation supporting the figure reported above (upload):
Do the figures reported above cover one, two, or three academic years?:

Percentage of students who graduate from programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:

Website URL where information about the sustainability learning outcomes is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

This represents FY2023 BU Metrics.

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