Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.18
Liaison Ryan Todd
Submission Date May 9, 2016
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California State University, Sacramento
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Kristina Cullen
Sustainability Analyst
Facilities Management—Sustainability
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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 Institute for Water, Energy, Sustainability and Technology (iWEST) at Sacramento State is a new initiative of Academic Affairs and the Provost that is being developed in cooperation with faculty and deans from three colleges (SSIS, ECS, and NSM). With one-time funds from the University, iWEST is being launched as a new hub for the fusion of interdisciplinary research and policy to focus on California and the region’s water, energy and sustainability issues. iWEST will bring together faculty and student researchers in partnership with agencies, industry, NGOs and community groups to create and foster an environment of inquiry, action-oriented problem solving, and engaged research that advances public awareness of the complex relationships that impact water, energy, and sustainability questions.Students are provided with internships and research experience.


The website URL where information about the student research program is available:
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 Institute for Water, Energy, Sustainability and Technology (iWEST) at Sacramento State is a new initiative of Academic Affairs and the Provost that is being developed in cooperation with faculty and deans from three colleges (SSIS, ECS, and NSM). With one-time funds from the University, iWEST is being launched as a new hub for the fusion of interdisciplinary research and policy to focus on California and the region’s water, energy and sustainability issues. iWEST will bring together faculty and student researchers in partnership with agencies, industry, NGOs and community groups to create and foster an environment of inquiry, action-oriented problem solving, and engaged research that advances public awareness of the complex relationships that impact water, energy, and sustainability questions. (Please see www/csus.edu/research for more information) To launch the iWEST research agenda, the following types of research funding are available to the campus: Institute Research Fellowships, Institute Research Awards, Extramural Development Awards.


The website URL where information about the faculty research program is available:
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?:
Yes

A brief description or the text of the institution’s policy regarding interdisciplinary research:

Basis of Evaluation

A. "Personnel recommendations or decisions relating to retention, tenure, promotion, or termination based upon work performance, or any other personnel action shall be based on the Personnel Action File. For the purposes of this section, course assignments shall not be considered personnel actions. However, course assignments shall not be punitive in nature.

Should the President make a personnel decision on any basis not directly related to the professional qualifications, work performance, or personal attributes of the individual faculty member in question, those reasons shall be reduced to writing and entered into the Personnel Action File and shall be immediately provided the faculty member." (M.O.U. 11.9)

B. Prior to completion of the substantive evaluation of a candidate at each level of review all material serving as the basis of the evaluation at that level shall appear in the Working Personnel Action File.

C. Evaluative statements and recommendations adopted at all levels of review shall in each case of periodic evaluation and performance review be based on the entire contents of the Working Personnel Action File in that case. The conclusion about performance under each criterion of evaluation (e.g., Teaching Performance, Scholarly or Creative Activity, etc.) recorded in the evaluative statement required to accompany each recommendation shall be based on a preponderance of the evidence in the file relative to that criterion."


The website URL where information about the treatment of interdisciplinary research is available:
Does the institution provide ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's library support for sustainability research and learning:

CSU Sacramento has a premier library staff that are highly knowledgeable and willing to support faculty and staff in their research efforts. The Environmental Science and Biology librarians (Deborah Metzger and Eileen Heaser) are particularly helpful in finding literature related to sustainability.


The website URL where information about the institution's library support for sustainability is available:

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