Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 52.53
Liaison Jim Vecchione
Submission Date June 6, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Bryant University
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Gaytha Langlois
Chair, Science & Technology Department
Science & Technology Department
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Does the institution have an ongoing program or programs that offer incentives for faculty in multiple disciplines or departments to develop new sustainability courses and/or incorporate sustainability into existing courses?:
Yes

A brief description of the program(s), including positive outcomes during the previous three years (e.g. descriptions of new courses or course content resulting from the program):

The university has an incentive program for developing creative and innovative courses. Incentives for faculty members who participate in the program could include course releases, innovation grants, small stipends, or specialized off-campus training opportunities.


A brief description of the incentives that faculty members who participate in the program(s) receive:

Incentives for faculty members who participate in the program could include course releases, small stipends, or specialized off-campus training opportunities.

Additionally, the Innovation Center provides small grants to develop new approaches for teaching. These grants could be utilized for developing sustainability-related projects. Director Michael Roberto has indicated that sustainability-related project ideas would be welcomed by the faculty review committee. An example of the innovation grants was an award for developing four "sustainability modules" for utilization within any class at the university. The first of these modules has been completed and is focused on renewable energy, intended for insertion into any class at Bryant.

Also, in conjunction with the new learning facility on campus, faculty have been asked to submit ideas for utilizing the new Academic Innovation Center (see Optional information below). These new adaptations for courses could also be used to expand coverage of sustainability themes. The following link explains these opportunities:

http://www.bryant.edu/about/centers-and-institutes/center-for-program-innovation.htm


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The present faculty incentive program for new course development could be adapted to provide encouragement for new sustainability courses, or for adding sustainability focus to existing courses.

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