Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 42.65
Liaison Winnie Kwofie
Submission Date April 19, 2019
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STARS v2.1

California State University, East Bay
IN-27: Innovation D

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Jillian Buckholz
Director of Sustainability
Academic Affairs
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
General Education Overlays: Diversity, Social Justice, Sustainability

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:
All Cal State East Bay undergraduate students participate in the General Education (GE) Program, along with their major program, to develop and bolster a breadth of their knowledge and skills. Cal State East Bay has a vibrant and meaningful GE Program that includes both state-mandated and CSUEB-specific (“local”) requirements. Beginning in Academic Year 2018/2019, in conjunction with Quarter to Semester Conversation, Cal State East Bay included GE “overly” courses on diversity, social justice, and sustainability as a local requirement. This means that all Cal State East Bay students must take one GE course on diversity, one on social justice, and one on sustainability in order to graduate. An “Overlay” is a graduation requirement that is fulfilled by completing an approved course. This requirement “lays over” the GE and major programs, because an Overlay course may be lower division or upper division and may also satisfy a GE or major requirement. Thus, the student should not need to take additional courses to meet the Overlay requirements. A minimum of 9 semester units of coursework is required in courses that are linked to three of the University’s Institutional Learning Outcomes: Diversity Overlay, Social Justice Overlay, and Sustainability Overlay. Currently, Fifty-four Diversity Overlay courses, sixty-one Social Justice Overlay courses, and forty-one Sustainability Overlay courses, are available. Using competencies developed through general education, students’ scholarly disciplines and co-curricular activities, graduates of CSUEB will be able to achieve six of Cal State East Bay’s Institutional Learning Outcomes, two of which highlight the GE Overlays on Diversity and Sustainability: Diversity: Apply knowledge of diversity and multicultural competencies to promote equity and social justice in our communities. Sustainability: Act responsibly and sustainably at local, national, and global levels.

Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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