Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.33
Liaison Austin Eriksson
Submission Date Dec. 10, 2018
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California State University, Northridge
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
4.59 / 8.00 Erica Wohldmann
Dir. IS
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Total number of graduates from degree programs (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, certificates, and other academic designations):
9,290

Number of students that graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
5,334

Percentage of students who graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
57.42

Do the figures reported above cover one, two, or three academic years?:
One

Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the institution level (e.g. covering all students)?:
Yes

Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the division level (e.g. covering particular schools or colleges within the institution)?:
Yes

A list or brief description of the institution level or division level sustainability learning outcomes:

Students enrolled in the GE Paths Program (https://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/ge-paths) can explore a special theme or major question from an interdisciplinary perspective in the context of their general education requirements. Two of the GE Paths are relevant to sustainability, Principles of Sustainability, Social Justice, and Global Studies. The SLOs for these three GE Paths include concepts that are central to deep understanding of sustainability (listed below).

Students will:
1. Be able to define sustainability and understand how concepts of sustainability are connected to issues of social justice, the environment, and the economy at local, regional, and global levels.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of key concepts related to the study of sustainability, including planetary carrying capacity, climate change, and ecological footprint.
3. Be able to explain how sustainability relates to their lives and their values, and how their actions impact issues of sustainability at the individual, and at local, regional, and global levels.
4. Students will be able to identify methods people use to fight for social justice at local, national, and international levels.
5. Students will be able to analyze the ways equality and inequality are institutionalized in social, political, and economic structures.
6. Students will be able to define globalization and key concepts related to globalizing trends and recognize a variety of globalized political, economic, socio-cultural, and aesthetic forms.
7. Students will be able to analyze the diverse consequences of globalization including its impacts on various social formations (e.g. identity, culture, art, communities, media, markets, nation-states, among other examples) and/or the environment.

For more information: https://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/ge-paths/principles-sustainability. All courses offered in the Principles of Sustainability and Social Justice GE Paths in 2015 are included the supporting documentation.

At the Division Level, the College of Health and Human Development also includes a sustainability-related SLO: Students will engage in local and global communities, demonstrating knowledge and awareness of multi-cultural differences and disparities of the health and well-being of individuals and families. The number of graduates from this program is not included in the total number of students who graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome.


Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the program level (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, degrees, diplomas, certificates, and other academic designations)?:
Yes

A list or brief description of the program level sustainability learning outcomes (or a list of sustainability-focused programs):

A Sustainability Minor is offered through the Liberal Studies program in the College of Humanities. Three core courses and three electives are required for the Minor, and each course must include at least 2 of the following 3 SLOs:
1. Students will be able to define sustainability and understand how concepts of sustainability are connected to issues of social justice, the environment, and the economy at local, regional, and global levels.
2. Students will demonstrate knowledge of key concepts related to the study of sustainability, including planetary carrying capacity, climate change, and ecological footprint.
3. Students will be able to explain how sustainability relates to their lives and their values, and how their actions impact issues of sustainability at the individual, and at local, regional, and global levels.

For more information about the sustainability minor: https://www.csun.edu/humanities/liberal-studies/sustainability-minor

In addition, one graduate program (Master of Science Degree in Tourism, Hospitality, and Recreation Management) was identified as having a sustainability-specific SLO: Students will apply knowledge of the economic, environmental, cultural and social impacts of hospitality, tourism and/or recreation experience to real-world settings or problems.). The number of graduates from this program is not included in the total number of students who graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome.


Do course level sustainability learning outcomes contribute to the figure reported above (i.e. in the absence of program, division, or institution level learning outcomes)?:
No

A list or brief description of the course level sustainability learning outcomes and the programs for which the courses are required:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:

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