Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.49
Liaison Ryan Todd
Submission Date March 1, 2021

STARS v2.2

California State University, Sacramento
AC-10: Support for Sustainability Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct sustainability research?:

A brief description of the student sustainability research program:

The sustainability department has ongoing efforts to support students of multiple disciplines to be able to conduct sustainability research both on and off campus. Beyond financial assistance, the department helps to both encourage students to conduct research and to provide opportunity for those of all interests to participate.

Does the institution have a program to encourage academic staff from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct sustainability research?:

A brief description of the faculty sustainability research program:

The sustainability department works to encourage staff to integrate sustainability topics into current curriculum as well as creating new curriculum with a focus on sustainability. This is accomplished via course buyouts and stipends, working with faculty to design more sustainability focused curriculum and research opportunities.

Has the institution published written policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:

A copy of the promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:

The promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:

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."

Does the institution have ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning?:

A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research:

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.

Website URL where information about the institution’s support for sustainability research is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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